Instant Pot – The Helper You’ve Been looking For Or Not?

Recently, more often than not, I see more and more online articles and ads about this new gadget that you can use in the kitchen, called the Instant Pot.

I live in the UK and here I can not find it in stores. I see it listed in Ebay, but not Amazon. And because I am not sure what it can do and whether it would be better than my multi cooker, click here to see it, I need your help.

As you know I love cooking with the multi cooker and, although I have not shown you a lot of recipes about it (mainly because there are a lot of cookbooks on the subject), I still use it regularly. I think it is a great helper in the kitchen, especially when a delicious and hot meal is waiting for you ready to enjoy after the long day of working and running errands with the kids.

But when I hear Instant Pot, I imagine something that could help me prepare the same extra scrumptious meals, but really quickly. That is why today I wanted to ask you to share with me your experience of using this appliance or maybe you know somebody who has used one and tell us the advantages and disadvantages of using it, especially what results you/they get.

Also, because this appliance is really expensive, I would prefer to hear some opinions first before committing, especially from people who have it already.

Product: Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Appliance  

Price: $129.95

Place to buy: Amazon.com

Size: 6Qt

INSTANT POT PRODUCT – PROs AND CONs

I like not only the food I cook to be delicious and beautiful to look at, but also I really enjoy cooking when things could be done easily and quickly. That is not always possible that is why I use a lot of helpers in the kitchen, my appliances and kitchen gadgets.

The name Instant Pot I associate with an appliance that could cook food quickly, without much effort from the tired person who needs to cook something quickly for the over-exhausted crowd at home at the end of the day.

The product descriptions says that this appliance can work as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker and yoghurt maker. It cab also steam, sauté, warm and sterilize. It means this appliance combines all the functions several other appliances can do – multi cooker, slow cooker and pressure cooker.

But how quickly can it do them? Share with me if you know the answer, just leave a comment below.

I think the instant pot, even if it is not doing the cooking more quickly (instantly), it could still be really helpful in the kitchen, especially if you don’t already have the rest of these gadgets. I would recommend the multi cooker functions again (judging what a good work my multi cooker does) and sometimes I wish I had a pressure cooker to help me boil different meats easily and quickly.

PROs – according to the product description:

  • the instant pot can replace 9 common kitchen appliances that almost every home has some of them nowadays – pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, sauté, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and it makes cake too

  • the product description states that this appliance cooks up to 70% quicker   

  • comes with 15 microprocessor controlled programs that help you to get the same delicious result every time

  • comes with a set of accessories – steam rack with handles, recipe booklet, serving spoon, soup spoon and measuring cup

  • stainless steel cooking pot, no chemical coatings making the inner pot safe to use and cook food

  • cooking pot, lid and steam rack are dishwasher safe

  • dual pressure cooking settings – cooking with high pressure reduces cooking time and low pressure would help when cooking delicate foods

  • can be found in different sizes for different in size families – 3Qt, 6Qt, 8Qt

CONs:

  • you would still have one more appliance to store at home, but if it is as useful as they advertise it to be that could be the only cooking appliance you’ll need

  • it probably is not very good at baking the top part of the food so I would keep the oven to be able to bake the top of pies and roasts or when I just need a simple melted cheese baked sandwich

If you know about other positives or negatives about this product, please let me know. Just write a comment below.

My verdict: I would love this appliance if it is as helpful as they say it is

I like cooking. I like cooking easy recipes that do not require a lot of skills and I like cooking some more unusual and/or more difficult to do recipes, with different success. But the only thing I do not like about cooking is the time it consumes – from preparing the ingredients and cutting the vegetables, cooking and then cleaning the used dishes. That is why I have welcomed in my home the multi cooker and I have never regretted my choice. But still, it needs a few hours to cook some dishes, a time I not always have.

I would tell you what I like the best when I read the product description of the instant pot – it says that some dishes you can cook up to 70% quicker. I think this applies mainly for cooking meats when, to get this tender, delicate, smooth texture that would allow you to shred the meat to pieces and then chew it easily, you sometimes need to cook it for hours. Imagine, if you could do this for just a fraction of the time you’ve used before?

I think, if this appliance does the things the product description says it does, the instant pot would be really useful for anyone who likes to cook delicious meals for the family, but not always has the time to do it from scratch, for anyone who likes to be able to do different things in the kitchen and use all of the appliance’s programs and functions, for anyone who would rather have somebody/thing else prepare the dinner and experience only the enjoyment of having it with the people they love.

Hope you enjoyed my review and if you have already used the instant pot and have an answer to the millions of questions I still have, the most important being – does it do what it says, please get in touch with me and share with me your opinion, good or bad. Just leave a comment below.

Have a beautiful day!

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