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So, I know several people have Instant Pots that they got on sale through Amazon. Thinking I might get one instead of the smaller slow cooker I was toying with getting. Or to replace the rice cooker I have. Waiting for another sale before I decide, as it's pricier than either a new slow cooker or rice cooker.

Which Instant Pot did you get? Do you like it? Use it much?

Betsy

Duo $99; in stock for Prime members....

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W
 

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What's an Instant Pot? Never heard of them.  ;)
 

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I hadn't either, until recently.
;D

Short answer is a variation on a pressure cooker...but it has other modes and can be a steamer and a slow cooker and other things. Here's one model. Instant Pot is a brand name--there are a couple of other manufacturers who now make something similar.


Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W
Today's price (12-16-16) $99

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Ah! And now I see why folks might want to watch for sales!
But it is intriguing.
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
So, I know several people have Instant Pots that they got on sale through Amazon. Thinking I might get one instead of the smaller slow cooker I was toying with getting. Or to replace the rice cooker I have. Waiting for another sale before I decide, as it's pricier than either a new slow cooker or rice cooker.

Which Instant Pot did you get? Do you like it? Use it much?

Betsy
I have had my Instant Pot for a bit over a year. Although I use it fairly often, it has not replaced either my programmable slow cooker or my rice cooker.
 

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Betsy, if you start on page 22 of the Pressure Cooking thread, almost all the discussion from there on are about the InstaPot so many of us bought on Prime Day.

I love mine, use it multiple times a week.

eta:  I got the one you linked above.  I have only used the pressure cooking function and the rice maker.  I still use my regular crockpot and haven't tried that function (because I prefer the big oval size of the crockpot I have).  I also still use my rice maker separately while something is pressure cooking in the InstaPot.
 

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Thanks for the responses...

Crebel, thanks! I'll look at the Pressure Cooking thread. I did a search for Instant Pot and didn't get any hits... I guess I should have searched for "InstaPot." I'll start from the latest posts and work back--the page numbers don't work for me because I have forum threads sorted by most recent first and view 2x the number of posts per page. Backwards from what most do. :). EDIT: here's apparently the first post about Instant Pots, from July, by Andra http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,19582.msg3060015.html#msg3060015

Jane, I don't have a programmable slow cooker...mine is either high or warm in temp... I don't really want to get rid of either the crock pot or the rice cooker but I just don't have much room for gadgets in the kitchen. (Plenty of room for quilting and entertainment gadgets. :D) My mother gave me my rice cooker--is it wrong to have an emotional attachment to an appliance? Though we don't make rice very often. I was hoping the Instant Pot would be smaller than the crock pot I have but they both seem to be six quarts.

I think I'm going to have to look at one in person to get an idea of the size.

Off to look at the pressure cooking thread.

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Betsy the Quilter said:
Thanks for the responses...

Crebel, thanks! I'll look at the Pressure Cooking thread. I did a search for Instant Pot and didn't get any hits... I guess I should have searched for "InstaPot." I'll start from the latest posts and work back--the page numbers don't work for me because I have forum threads sorted by most recent first. Backwards from what most do.

Jane, I don't have a programmable slow cooker...mine is either high or warm in temp... I don't really want to get rid of either the crock pot or the rice cooker but I just don't have much room for gadgets in the kitchen. (Plenty of room for quilting and entertainment gadgets. :D) My mother gave me my rice cooker--is it wrong to have an emotional attachment to an appliance? Though we don't make rice very often. I was hoping the Instant Pot would be smaller than the crock pot I have but they both seem to be six quarts.

I think I'm going to have to look at one in person to get an idea of the size.

Off to look at the pressure cooking thread.

Betsy
Bigger than a round crockpot in terms of size, maybe like a big soup pot for height and a little wider than a dutch oven. The stainless steel liner cleans up fast, almost just needs a rinse out regardless of what you make in it. I think that's a big plus.

My favorite thing is probably that you can take meat or a meal you have frozen and have it cooked and ready to serve in 30-60 minutes. No need to thaw first.
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
Thanks for the responses...

Jane, I don't have a programmable slow cooker...mine is either high or warm in temp... I don't really want to get rid of either the crock pot or the rice cooker but I just don't have much room for gadgets in the kitchen. (Plenty of room for quilting and entertainment gadgets. :D) My mother gave me my rice cooker--is it wrong to have an emotional attachment to an appliance? Though we don't make rice very often. I was hoping the Instant Pot would be smaller than the crock pot I have but they both seem to be six quarts.

I think I'm going to have to look at one in person to get an idea of the size.

Off to look at the pressure cooking thread.

Betsy
Betsy, I use the rice cooker to make oatmeal as often as I use it make rice! It stays on the counter. The crockpot (i have 3, a bit excessive) stay in their own cabinet, but i should get rid of two of them. I have not used the InstaPot as a slow cooker. I love that I can brown meat in it before programming it to cook. I love the IP for all kinds of broth and ribs. It is great for artichokes and corn on the cob.
 

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So, do I want one of these? ;D I have a good Crock Pot and a good rice cooker.  I'm wondering what feature(s) it would provide that I don't have with the appliances I have.
 

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I have one. I blame crebel.  ;D I got it on prime day, last minute decision. I never had a rice cooker and I used it for rice several times, works great. Oatmeal also. Pressure cooking of course. I have had electric pressure cookers in the past and they were all useless after not long because they had non stick coating and it peeled every single time. Its why I got this one. Stainless steel insert. Most others have the non stick stuff.

It has replaced my slow cooker for me also. I have a slow cooker, 2 in fact. A 6 qt and a 4qt. The Instant pot when set on low actually is low. My pressure cookers seem a big high in temp, even on the low setting. Its also less "smelly" in the house with the IP. Because the lid fits on more tight. Turned to release of course. Doesn't get really hot on the outside either even after 8 hours of cooking. I use it mostly for pressure cooking, but sometimes I need slow as then I can put all the veggies in. With pressure, I put the veggies in after the meat is done for like 10 minutes or they are all mush.

I  have a few sites I love using with the IP. Good recipes. I make indian chicken, mexican beef, I made Hawaiian pork. I made ribs to die for, with the beans and stuff on the bottom of the rack, all in one pot. Yummy.
I make frozen chicken breasts in like 15 minutes. I just add a cup of fluids like salsa, terriaki, whatever I feel like it. Done. Throw it in, set it and dinner is ready.

I brown everything right in the pot too, even for slow cooking. Its why I prefer it over my slow cookers. Only one pot to dirty. But most stuff I make fast now.
 

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I have the one Betsy linked to above. Use it multiple times a month, mostly for pressure cooking and cooking rice. I don't have a rice cooker and the steamer I used for cooking rice as well as steaming for many years wore out. I did not replace it as this device does a great job for rice and steaming. I don't steam as much stuff as I probably should, but when I do use it I'm always pleased with the results. I do have a second insert so if I want to steam some vegetables while the meat is resting, it can be quickly done. (Bonus when doing that is the base is already hot, so it doesn't take long for it to pressurize.) The slow function works well, but as others have said, I like the oval shape of one of my slow cookers much better for lots of dishes. But the speed which a meal can be cooked using the pressure function was and remains the selling point for me.
 

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I use mine almost every day. I am vegan, grain-free, multiple allergies, and I cook with a lot of dry beans, freeze-dried Thrive products, etc. I love to throw beans in my Instant Pot before work, set the cook time, set the timer, and come home to perfectly cooked beans, instead of having to use canned beans all the time. Cheaper, better for the environment, and better for me. I live at a high altitude and can never get bigger beans like garbanzos to cook to tender in a crockpot. I have to pressure cook. Instant Pot eliminates all the fuss and bother. The rice cooker works perfectly for rice (for my boys) or quinoa (for me). When making curry, I can fry the spices in the pot without them popping out, then throw in my beans and hardy veggies, and pressure cook to perfection.
 

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We still use our IP once or twice a week.  It's very handy if you need to get something cooked quickly, even if you haven't thawed out the meat.  And it's so awesome that you can brown the meat right in the pot.  It's deep enough that DH is not able to make a huge mess.  If I want to use any vegetables other than potatoes, I still tend to cook them separately, especially things like broccoli and brussels sprouts.  We aren't very good about interrupting the cooking, bringing the pressure down, opening the pot, adding vegetables, sealing it back up and bringing it back up to pressure for a minute or two - it's easier to pull out the steamer and do it on the stove or in the microwave. 
You can also cook baking potatoes or sweet potatoes very quickly.
I haven't used the rice cooker function.
I do use the slow cooker some of the time.  I got a glass lid so I can use that instead of the big lid - I like to be able to see what's going on in the pot.
It's come in very handy in a few other odd situations.  The three weeks when Daddy was in the hospital and we practically lived in a hotel, it allowed us to cook sometimes instead of depending on takeout all the time.  It's also been in the travel trailer and gone to the condo at the beach.  And at Christmas last year we had three of them going at once when cooking for a crowd.
Clean-up is very easy.
I would recommend getting a spare seal when you purchase the pot :)

 

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CegAbq said:
What's an Instant Pot? Never heard of them. ;)
Yes, when I saw this thread title, my first thought was some new freeze-dried product that would only be legally available in a few states. ;)
 

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Yes, when I saw this thread title, my first thought was some new freeze-dried product that would only be legally available in a few states. ;)
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I have the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W.

I love it!!! It's, by far, my favorite kitchen appliance.

I've had mine for almost a year, and I still use it three to four days a week--sometimes multiple times a day. I haven't used the slow-cooker function yet. Some of my favorite things to pressure cook are ribs, roast, stew, soup, beans, rice, lasagne, hard-boiled eggs, spaghetti squash, yams, and potatoes (mash 'em right in the pot!). I also make yogurt every now and then. I've cooked eggs and potatoes together for potato salad--so easy! Many people use it to make cheesecake.

We're a family of two now, so we usually have lots of leftovers. The stainless steel pot is super-easy to clean.

I recently bought a second one (same model) when Amazon had them on sale for $69 on Black Friday. It'll serve as a replacement when the first one dies. I've only seen the price that low around Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day in the summer. They usually sell for around $120-$130. Check out all the glowing reviews at Amazon!

There are LOTS of online recipes and Youtube videos. I have several cookbooks, but my favorite is Bob Warden's Great Food Fast.



Facebook Instant Pot Community is a fantastic site for inspiration, and the people are very helpful there.
 

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Andra said:
We still use our IP once or twice a week. It's very handy if you need to get something cooked quickly, even if you haven't thawed out the meat. And it's so awesome that you can brown the meat right in the pot. It's deep enough that DH is not able to make a huge mess. If I want to use any vegetables other than potatoes, I still tend to cook them separately, especially things like broccoli and brussels sprouts. We aren't very good about interrupting the cooking, bringing the pressure down, opening the pot, adding vegetables, sealing it back up and bringing it back up to pressure for a minute or two - it's easier to pull out the steamer and do it on the stove or in the microwave.
You can also cook baking potatoes or sweet potatoes very quickly.
I haven't used the rice cooker function.
I do use the slow cooker some of the time. I got a glass lid so I can use that instead of the big lid - I like to be able to see what's going on in the pot.
It's come in very handy in a few other odd situations. The three weeks when Daddy was in the hospital and we practically lived in a hotel, it allowed us to cook sometimes instead of depending on takeout all the time. It's also been in the travel trailer and gone to the condo at the beach. And at Christmas last year we had three of them going at once when cooking for a crowd.
Clean-up is very easy.
I would recommend getting a spare seal when you purchase the pot :)
I'll be honest. The only testimonial that resonated with me at all is the line I bolded above. ;D

Problem is, when Ed wants to cook, he's going to do it on the stove. He's a good cook . . .and almost everything he invents is delicious. But he apparently has a congenital defect that makes it impossible for him to put a spoon down on a plate vs the counter, or even the same place on the counter more than once, or to even have a CLUE if something is dripping. :eek:
 

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Andra said:
We still use our IP once or twice a week. It's very handy if you need to get something cooked quickly, even if you haven't thawed out the meat. And it's so awesome that you can brown the meat right in the pot. It's deep enough that DH is not able to make a huge mess. If I want to use any vegetables other than potatoes, I still tend to cook them separately, especially things like broccoli and brussels sprouts. We aren't very good about interrupting the cooking, bringing the pressure down, opening the pot, adding vegetables, sealing it back up and bringing it back up to pressure for a minute or two - it's easier to pull out the steamer and do it on the stove or in the microwave.
You can also cook baking potatoes or sweet potatoes very quickly.
I haven't used the rice cooker function.
I do use the slow cooker some of the time. I got a glass lid so I can use that instead of the big lid - I like to be able to see what's going on in the pot.
It's come in very handy in a few other odd situations. The three weeks when Daddy was in the hospital and we practically lived in a hotel, it allowed us to cook sometimes instead of depending on takeout all the time. It's also been in the travel trailer and gone to the condo at the beach. And at Christmas last year we had three of them going at once when cooking for a crowd.
Clean-up is very easy.
I would recommend getting a spare seal when you purchase the pot :)
And a lot of this is useful to me. And, since Fred does the dishes, not having the browning skillet and an easier clean up sound good. Pondering...

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I will add my two cents.  I got my IP during Amazon Prime Day.  I haven't used it for rice, but I have made rocking applesauce (and I am not really an applesauce fan).  I also made an even more rocking NY cheesecake.  Seriously restaurant or bakery quality.  I made the hard cooked eggs as well as potato salad (potatoes and eggs in the IP and then took them out to finish the recipe).  I plan to make yogurt when I am off for Christmas break.

If you get it, there are a lot of good IP recipe sites.  This Old Gal is one of the better ones.  And the Instant Pot Facebook group rivals this one for enabling accessories.  But the posters are also very helpful and it is well monitored.  Just like here.  I love it all.  It is like a friendly cult.  :p
 
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