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I’m going to be perfectly honest with you; pressure cookers have always scared me. My grandma (born in 1920) used to use one, and often told the story of a mom who was using her pressure cooker, which exploded, killing her niece who was visiting. Um, yeah, that was enough to make me decide I didn’t really need one. Then several readers here asked me to review pressure cookers. Um, no thank you. A few days later I saw some friends discussing the Instant Pot on Facebook. The description of boiling eggs that were cooked perfectly and easy to peel was enough to pique my interested. I started reaching and decided that the Instant Pot looked like something simple (and safe) enough for even me to use! I’ve had if for a few weeks now…Here’s what I think.
Instant Pressure Cooker Specs:
7-in-1 multi-use pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute/browning and warmer.
6 quart capacity (also comes in 4 quart, but this is Large Family Reviews, after all!)
Stainless steel interior
I really wanted to give the Instant Pot a full workout before I reviewed it here. I decided I would cook: hardboiled eggs, rice, a whole chicken, beans, potatoes and make yogurt before I made a decision about whether I loved or hated this.
In short: The potatoes turned out perfect, the eggs were easy to peel, the meat was a bit tougher than when cooked in a crock pot, but only took 20 minutes! The homemade yogurt my children have been devouring and I love making fresh, healthy yogurt for a fraction of the price of store bought. Beans are cinch, done in 30 minutes, with no need to run back and check to make sure there is enough water (like when I cook on the stove top).
Perfect mashed potatoes, made in the Instant Pot!
* Electric with digital readout. Many items can be cooked by just pushing the labeled button.
* Manual controls, to adjust setting if you prefer.
* Diversity: this is what sold me on this product. You can do so much with it! The Instant Pot is not another appliance that will sit in my cupboard unused. You can cook: eggs, meat, beans, grains and yogurt in this machine.
* Set up and leave. I have been using my Instant Pot for beans, oatmeal and potatoes in this on a regular basis, because I set it up and leave it! When I make those items on the stove I have to boil the water and either watch (oatmeal) or strain (potatoes and beans) and I always burn myself with that step! I can put potatoes in the Instant Pot with a cup of water, push a button and walk away. When I return, I add butter, milk and salt and have perfect mashed potatoes every time. Now that the weather is warmer, I have been cooking my potatoes for potato salad this way.
* Safety. This is not your grandma’s pressure cooker! The Instant Pot won’t open while pressurized.
* Speed: One of the huge advantages to a pressure cooker is the speed at which it cooks food. I can have beans (that I soaked over night) perfectly cooked in 30 minutes. Those same beans take 3-4 hours on the stove top!
* Learning curve. The pressure cooker takes a bit of time to learn. I was nervous the first couple of times I used it. I now use it almost daily and it is my second favorite appliance (next to my coffee maker!)
Merriann and I (Renee) both love our Instant Pots! The longer I have mine the more I like it. I will never, ever cook potatoes on the stove top again. Merriann and I both give this a 5 out of 5 stars: We love it and wish we could buy one for all our friends.
Merriann owns the Instant Pot Duo
Renee owns the Instant Pot Duo
Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe? Feel free to link to it in the comments.