Having heard folks wax poetic about the Instant Pot for months, I had to see for myself what the fuss was about.  I was skeptical, as I am about all things that seem too good to be true, whether it’s a fat-shrinking diet pill or miracle face cream. Rather than risk a chunk of change on an untested appliance, I borrowed a friend’s Instant Pot and put it through the paces. After three weeks of trials, here’s my take:

The Instant Pot is pretty awesome. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Consider this: of the 16, 392 Instant Pot reviews on Amazon, 93 percent are 4 star and above (84 percent are 5 star).

If word of the Instant Pot hasn’t hit your corner of the universe, let me fill you in:

It’s a single electronic appliance that effectively does the work of seven, including:

  • Pressure Cooker

  • Slow Cooker

  • Rice Cooker

  • Yogurt Maker

  • Food Warmer

  • Steamer

  • Saute pan

 I’ve experimented with most of the features to great success. 

Here’s what I like about it:

  • It can be used as a saute pan and then switched over to work as a slow cooker or pressure cooker. That means no need to dirty an extra pan to brown meat or saute onions before they go into the pot. I browned chicken thighs in the Instant Pot, then added a big splash of teriyaki sauce, set the pressure cooker for 15 minutes, and dinner was done. 
  • I’ve never used a pressure cooker before, and it feels like a small miracle happening in my kitchen. I cooked dried black beans in minutes rather than hours. I also made a perfect coconut curry dahl in eight minutes. Eight. And it was delicious.   
  • It makes a tender pot of rice. A rice cooker is a new-to-me appliance and this one made terrific brown rice with no worry that I’d forget it on the stove (as I so often do). 
  • It can replace my slow cooker, which I had planned to replace at some point anyway.
  • Though I’ve yet to try it out as a yogurt maker, I’m looking forward to experimenting with homemade yogurt.

Drawbacks:

  • It’s not small. It comes in two sizes, 6 quart and an 8 quart, and will take up space in your cupboard or kitchen counter.  My plan is to stow away my slow cooker and buy an Instant Pot to put in its place.
  • It’s an investment (though a bit of a bargain if you consider all that it does). A 6 quart pot, the most popular size, runs about $99.  You can pick up an 8 quart Instant Pot for $129.

If you are already on the Instant Pot train, stay tuned, since I’ll be posting a recipe for Instant Pot Korean Tacos in a few days, and a round up of 10 Instant Pot Recipes next week. I also plan to throw a giveaway into the mix, so stay tuned for that.

And if you are ready to get on the Instant Pot train….



Click the image above to buy an 6 quart pot, good for everyday cooking for small to mid-size families.

Or click the image above for an 8-quart pot, better for larger families, for batch cooking large volumes of food, or if you plan to use it to feed a crowd (hello potlucks!).

 

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