Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Review

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Review

Today I want to give you a few facts about the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  It is my pride and joy and by far the most used kitchen appliance in our house.  Hopefully this information will make it easier for you to decide if it is right for you before you spend any money buying it.

INSTANT POT PRESSURE COOKER – MODEL IP – DUO60 7-IN-1

Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker 7-in-1 is the new generation of smart kitchen appliances that is energy efficient, programmable and easy and convenient to use.  Pressure cooking is a healthy and fast method of cooking, which reduces cooking times by up to 70%.
(A previous version is Instant Pot Duo 6–in–1 has a few less functions, but is about £20 cheaper on Amazon).

Features

·         instant-potHigh Safety Standard – Patented technologies, including 10 safety mechanisms, CE, UL and ULC safety certified.  Designed to avoid any common errors and safety hazards of stove-top pressure cookers.
·         Multi Functional Automatic and Programmable with 14 convenient cooking programmes – includes sautéing, pressure cooking, stewing, slow cooking, steaming, braising, fermenting, yoghurt making and keeping warm
·         Delayed cooking function – delay the cooking start by up to 24 hours
·         Automatic keep warm function – no more worrying about food going cold
·         Two pressure settings – cut cooking times by up to 70%

·         Smart appearance – stylish brushed stainless steel finish with black lid and panel sections
·         Makes cooking clean and pleasant – no smells, no spills or leaks.  Easy to clean pot which is dishwasher safe.
·         Large 6L capacity with convenient markings inside the pot

Positives

There are many.  It is multifunctional and offers the same features as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and traditional stove-top pressure cookers. It is unbelievably fast. The toughest cut of meat becomes moist and tender in under an hour. Chicken will fall off the bones in 15min. Rice will take as little as 6 min to cook. It is very quiet, produces no heat, steam or smells. Virtually no cleaning is involved – no spills or leaks, just one pot that needs washing and it is dishwasher safe.  The meals are full of flavour and nutrients – no danger of food burning or drying out.  Excellent 6L capacity, making it large enough for a whole chicken or a meal for a large family.

Negatives

When I got my Instant Pot I was terrified.  It looked too overwhelming and complicated.  I suspect this would have been the case with any digital pressure cooker, but somehow I expected it to be more obvious as to what I need to press to make it work.  In reality once you look through the manual everything becomes clear, but I would imagine some people might be put off by the “too high tech” look of it.
I also found that the silicone seal ring tends to retain smells.  It doesn’t seem to effect the taste or the aroma of the actual dish. If, however, you are going to cook a cheesecake after a soup, you might prefer to have a spare seal ring for sweet dishes.

 The best features

instant-pot-duoConvenience and speed – I can set it and forget about it.  Once all the ingredients are in it requires no monitoring.  I find this invaluable, especially after work.  I can go upstairs with the children and not worry about our dinner turning into a burnt disaster.
Since getting our Instant Pot we have cut back on takeaways.  I set it first thing in the morning on weekend days and we come home in the afternoon after a day out. The meal is cooked and warm for when we are ready.

 

My review of Instant Pot

instant-pot-reviewI’ve now owned my Instant Pot for almost a year and I still use it almost every day.  Even things that could be easily made on the hob or oven end up in the Instant Pot.  I love not having to worry about turning the heat down or forgetting to turn the cooker off before the food turns to crisps.  I love the fact that virtually no smell or steam escapes during cooking. There is no need to use the notoriously noisy extractor. There are no lingering curry smells to wake up to the following morning.
Instant Pot is easy to clean.  There is no mess around it, so no stains or grease to clean from the hob.  Even if you use the sautéing function, the pot is deep enough for the oil not to splatter. The only thing that comes in contact with foods and ever needs cleaning is the stainless steel pot. The cleaning involved is the same as it would be with any other pot or pan.  It is dishwasher safe and easy to clean.     

Do I find it difficult to use?

No, it’s actually very easy.  I don’t think I have even got the manual out after the first few days.  All you do is put the ingredients in, chose the programme and close the lid – that’s it.  No monitoring, no stirring is required.  If you want to brown the meat or onions in the beginning – choose the sautéing function, add a little oil and stir occasionally. Once you are done switch to meat/stew or whatever programme you need, close the lid and forget about it until you are hungry. 

Verdict

The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker offers easy, quick and healthy cooking.  Well worth the investment.

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Nataile Gardner

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