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Instant Pot. Multi-function cooker (Part 1)


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I note that hummingbird kiss, FeChef and Deryn all own an Instant Pot. I bet there are others. I have been looking at them for some time but suspect that they would not be all that useful in a solo household. But I would love to hear from those who do own one what model they have and what they think about them.

What sort of things do you cook in them? Do you use them mostly for stocks? Is it primarily the pressure cooker function that matters to you? Curious minds would love to know.

Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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I also am interested in what people think of these

 

i recalled a CI review and found it more or less here :

 

 

as usual, sometimes their reviews are not as complete as they might be :

 

there are electric PC's that have an SS insert Ive found

 

and this :

 

http://www.hippressurecooking.com/the-difference-between-stove-top-and-electric-pressure-cookers/

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rotuts,

I have had both electric and non-electric pressure cookers.  In my mind there's just no comparison.  The quality of the stove top models is fantastic.  I have models made by Kuhn Rikon as well as Fissler and the Fissler is much superior.

The electric models I owned have long ago been donated.

This is the one I use the most:  http://www.amazon.com/Fissler-FSSFIS5850-Vitaquick-Pressure-Stainless/dp/B007X5BD0G/ref=sr_1_sc_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1439386625&sr=8-8-spell&keywords=fissler+presure+cooker

 

And I also have this one:  http://www.amazon.com/Fissler-Vitaquick-Pressure-Cooker-6-3qt/dp/B00873AO8A/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439386800&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=fissler+6+qt.+presure+cooker

 

I love using these and right now there're really handy for vegetables.  Also nice to not heat up the kitchen.

 

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thanks

 

I have a Fagor.  as I use it rarely, it suits me.

 

My mother used to use a pressure cooker a bazillion years ago ( perhaps the 'outlet' valve got gummy? )

 

one day the weight that set the temp by its weight  ( its that old or was ) blew off and went through the ceiling and into the room up stairs

 

:blink:

 

since then ........................

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It's my understanding that the Instant Pot while having the capability of acting as an electric pressure cooker is much more than that. I have a pressure cooker that works wonderfully on my induction cooktop. I am hoping those who have the Instant Pot will chime in with information on all its functions.

Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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Anna - I just bought mine recently and I love it - even though I am in a solo situation as well. To start with it is really totally silent (unless it vents for a few seconds before it settles down to business which it doesn't always do) and fast! It counts down the time on a clear digital readout and then beeps several times when the programmed time is done before it automatically goes to a keep warm cycle that counts up the time, and slowly releases the steam as well - or you can easily release it yourself if you want a quick cool down.

I expected it to take a lot longer to reach pressure but it really is quick, even when something calls for high pressure (and it also does a 'lower' pressure for some things like rice).

I am using it almost daily it seems. So far I have made several (east Indian and Thai) curries, both plain rice and various rice concoctions, pulled pork, pot roast, stock, cooked whole chickens for the dog, and I even tried a cheesecake the other night. Everything came out beautifully. Yes, it can make large quantities (6 liter size) but you can make less if you want or freeze the extras (or do as I am known to do, eat the same thing for a few days). It also sautés vegetables and meat well so you don't have to pull out another pot for that activity.

It is also VERY easy to clean and I love that the insert pot is stainless, not coated with non-stick but nothing has stuck so far, has measurement markings on the inside and I used it in a pinch the other day for a mixing bowl when I was too lazy to wash my other ones.

I also have 2 regular pressure cookers and I like them but I find I don't bother to pull them out much and they also require the stove. Plug this in and away you go. 10, 20, 30 minutes later - dinner - without ever even having to watch over it.

It is my new favorite thing! And it is a Canadian product! Arrived quickly, no shipping charge, well packed. Very short learning curve (although as I mentioned on Shelby's thread - I went across the room just in case it malfunctioned the first time I used it - I don't do that any more). Worth every penny I would say. I can't yet, of course, vouch for whether it will last but it seems very well built and safe.

ps Apparently there are many built in safeguards - and one of those is that it will shut down if it can't come to pressure for some reason - like the vent isn't clear or if something burns to the bottom. I haven't had that happen (the readout will say OVRHT - overheating in the latter case I think) but I like that it is there. You don't get that protection with a regular pressure cooker.

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Deryn,

Thanks very much. Which model did you get?

Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

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The same as stckciv - the IP-DUO 60. I gather the footprint (takes up about a square foot I would say) is about the same as the IP-DUO 50 but a bit taller.

I see I said 6 liter size - but it is 6 quarts. Sorry.

And I probably didn't completely answer your questions - I haven't used the chili/bean, multigrain or porridge settings yet. And I haven't yet used it as a slow cooker but steam worked for the cheesecake. I believe all except the rice setting (which is at low pressure) can be adjusted manually if you need/want more or less time for something. I did a frozen chicken for the dog for instance - didn't get it out in time to thaw it except enough to take it out of its wrapper - so I adjusted the time (meat/stew setting) to double.

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No, not at all, but then I usually use tongs to remove large pieces of meat or ladles for liquids. I don't pour out the latter. Not really any different from how you would remove your cooked products from a medium stock pot. It is quite large/tall and there is no 'handle' so pouring from a container this size would be difficult I am sure. Would not have occurred to me to try to pour anything out (although I guess if you are strong and careful you could if the contents was completely cooled).

ps I don't really get what CI was trying to say there. Perhaps in a commercial kitchen, chefs heft heavy stock pots (which have handles of course) and pour them into some other container to cool in the sink - but, at my age, I am not about to do that. No hurry here and not enough strength to try to be a hero any more.

I have over 4 lbs of large chicken legs cooking in the Instant Pot as I write this. Meat/stew setting. Saute'ed them first in the pot, added a bit of water. Will be done in less than 30 minutes. I will have a rich stock as a bonus while dog gets dinner.

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I have the Aroma digital pressure cooker that also has  slow cook, steam, brown, simmer and warm functions.  Essentially the same as the "Instant Pot"

 

I use it at least once a week, usually more often -  meats, beans, vegetables, fruits for preserves,

 

I have a rice cooker (IH) so haven't really used it for that.  

 

There is one important function I love - once set, after the pressure cooking, simmer or whatever, for the set time, it turns automatically to KEEP WARM and maintains this for 12 hours. 

 

I have an old Farberware electric pressure cooker which works okay but doesn't have the extra "bells and whistles" and the way the lid is constructed, with the gasket seal, it is a bitch to clean and the little vent has to be reamed out with a tiny "bottle" brush. 

None of these problems with the Aroma.

It has a "non-stick" pan but that doesn't bother me, I don't use metal utensils anyway. 

 

Any of these that have the same functions work well.  My friend got one similar to mine except it has  "beans, soup, stew, etc., instead of the function names on the touchpads.  She is not at all tech savvy and had no problems working out how to use it.

 

 

I forgot.  I have also used mine for deep frying - set on "Brown" without the lid!   I wanted some nachos and my fry basket fits nicely in the pot.  The fat got to 365° F 

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Yes, he appreciates me and the new pot ... chicken being his favorite aphrodisiac. :) He said he approved of tonight's repast.

I should clarify - it is not difficult to pour out a small amount of liquid if that is all there is - but there is no pour spout or handle so you have to grasp the edges of the pot and lift it out of course - which can be a bit difficult if it is very hot. I guess one could have designed it with a handle like a bucket but that would get hot and greasy too during cooking so I am not sure it would be an advantage.

The lid is, by the way, great because it fits upright on one of the outside handles so you don't have to find a place to set it down when you open up the machine. And the lid is very easy to put on and take off.

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I received an email from the company about the recall and instructions on getting a new unit. I never had a problem with the original unit but it is better to be safe than sorry. The new unit is working fine and I also got a glass lid with the new unit.

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Mine is not a SMART Instant Pot. I have absolutely no need to add the ability to use an iPhone (that I don't own) to control what I can walk over to in 3 seconds so even if there had not been a recall I would not have purchased that model. That said, the recall was a while ago ... not sure if they have yet corrected that particular problem but I think the SMART pot was the only one affected.

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I've owned a Smart Instant Pot for few months.

 

1.  Made many types of soups, curries (high pressure then then lower pressure for gentle proteins) and porridges.

2.  Roasts.

3.  Sauteed onions for beef bowls.

4.  Steamed veggies.

5.  "Baked" potatoes

6.  Slow cooker and rice cooker replacement.

 

You can also make yogurt with it.

 

I like it because it's one pot that than simplifies my life and kitchen.  

 

I agree that there are those that feel that the bluetooth functionality is worthless, but I'm an engineer and I like to build my recipes into a script and not waste my time walking over there constantly to increase/decrease pressure manually, it can monitor the internal stats as well so I can tune the script until I finalize it.

 

I also had the model that had the electricity problem, so I cut the cord off and sent the picture as requested.  I got my replacement with extras in about a week.

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I don't think the Smart aspect is 'worthless' at all - it is just not worth it for ME. I rarely exactly repeat a recipe. I tend to just cook things on a whim and even if I had a 1000 recipes programmed (which I wouldn't since that aspect - I worked in high tech for years but I like to actively cook not program - doesn't really fascinate me) the thing I would suddenly decide I wanted to make would not be in the list yet. So even if I had an iPhone, I wouldn't buy that version.

I was just glad that they hadn't eliminated all the other models so I too could get what I want. Now, if my husband was still around (he was an engineer too) the Smart model would have been right up his alley - and that would probably have been the model I bought too. And, Anna has an iPhone so it may suit her too, especially if they have fixed their glitch with that one.

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I am still very much on the fence about the Instant Pot suspecting that it might be the kind of toy that gets used a couple of times and then is consigned to the basement never to be seen again. When I pay five dollars at a thrift store for some gizmo or another I am perfectly happy if this is what happens. This one is a little more than five dollars!

I rather doubt that I would go for the Smart version since I have found very little use for the Bluetooth capability of my Anova.

I have a stovetop pressure cooker which cost me even more than an Instant Pot would so I am trying to make better use of it before splurging on something else.

So I am grateful for the input from everyone and if I do pull the trigger for an Instant Pot I will be sure to fess up.

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I am still very much on the fence about the Instant Pot suspecting that it might be the kind of toy that gets used a couple of times and then is consigned to the basement never to be seen again.

 

This happens to you too??!!

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I will be sure to report back to let you know how long my Instant Pot manages to stay useful enough to me that it is allowed to take up counter space as well, Anna. So far, so good - for about 2 months.

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This happens to you too??!!

See aside from joining up on the same day in the same year we have much in common!

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