I first heard of the Instant Pot some time ago when Cambria polled readers to learn their preferred crock pot. Instead of a traditional crock pot, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, having said that i had never even heard about it. Needless to say now, you can’t read a single food magazine or website without seeing an Instant Pot story (or seven).
A couple of months after I first heard about the small appliance, I reviewed the Instant Pot on the site. I approached it with a combination of excitement and curiosity, in addition to a large dose of skepticism and disbelief. I mean, can one appliance really get the job done of seven? After much use, I made the decision to operate a follow-up report. Here’s a few things i thought about the Instant Pot eight months later.
Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the work of any slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the task of seven different appliances for the kitchen or tools. Sounds sort of impressive, right? And I don’t know about you, however i definitely don’t have the space to hold all seven of the appliances.
To get totally honest, I initially thought the Instant Pot seemed too good to be real, therefore i was prepared for it to malfunction (or cease working altogether). It was only a point of time, right?
Because I worked my way with the instruction manual (a necessary evil), and really began to put my Instant Pot to function, something happened which i never expected: The better I used my Instant Pot, the better I seriously enjoyed utilizing it. I stopped expecting the worst, and also started counting on it for cooking weekly staples, like dried beans, lentils, brown rice, and hard-cooked eggs.
I mostly use my Instant Pot as being an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker. Sometimes I use it to sauté or warm food, depending on the recipe, and occasionally I prefer it as a rice cooker. These are the basic functions that best fit with my lifestyle as well as the foods I cook on a regular basis. The appliance can also may be used to make yogurt, having said that i haven’t attempted that yet.
This single appliance has created cooking faster and more convenient. (Even my husband is taking to using it!) I really like which i can cook steel-cut oats in the morning in a fraction of times it might take on the stovetop, make rice to go with a last-minute stir-fry is at minutes, and slow-cook a stew. Actually, it’s even taken the spot of my crock pot, which has since been moved from the kitchen.
At some point, during the course of eight months, without realizing it had been happening, I completely fell in love with my Instant Pot. Yes, the one I was so skeptical about initially. Now i understand all of the praise and rave reviews I read months ago, and I notice the exact same way myself.
Well, we can’t dictate the thing you need. However, the Instant Pot is a lot more functional than both a crock pot and rice cooker combined because it may also pressure-cook. The phrase instant in the name gives it away: It is possible to cook bivhlf astonishingly fast in a pressure cooker-even notoriously slow-cooking or labor-intensive foods like risotto and brisket.
We think rice cooked inside the Instant Pot is okay for most people, even though the grains don’t emerge as fluffy and light-weight as they do from a high-end rice cooker like our upgrade pick, the Cuckoo CRP-G1015F. Rice aficionados may want to keep their rice cooker, particularly for cooking sushi-grade grains.
If you’re concerned with clutter, it is possible to donate your old appliances to some charity, or hand them off to someone in your life who’s just starting out. We’re sure they’d appreciate them.