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Instant pot, still love it?

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Gary Guss

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Instant pot, still love it?

by Gary Guss » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:13 am

We got one around Thanksgiving. Still using it but I'm falling back on slow cooker and cast iron pot more often.. Starting to wonder if it's worth it. Stuff cooks in it okay, but not quite the same texture or flavor as slow cooking. Anyone else have experiences like this.
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Re: Instant pot, still love it?

by Robin Garr » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:18 pm

We didn't have a slow cooker before, Gary, so I don't use the slow-cooker function much. On the other hand, we didn't have a pressure cooker before, and I love the (smart) pressure function. As I said above, it's an amazing bean cooker, and I'd be happy to have it for that alone. But I also find that I can do a lot of dishes - Indian in particular - by starting with saute and finishing with pressure, getting a dinner done faster and with fewer dishes than the traditional method.

The only place I'm less than absolutely convinced is the rice cooker. I like it, and it's handy, but I had always used a double boiler, which is also a quick and foolproof technique. I'm not sure the IP improves on it.

Still, I'm happy we got it, and if I didn't use it for anything but dry beans, I'd still be happy I got it.
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Re: Instant pot, still love it?

by Alanna H » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:14 pm

My experience has actually been the opposite, Gary. I've had mine for a little over a year. I never had a pressure cooker prior, but have been using a crockpot since I was a teenager. I couldn't tell you the last time I used my crock, now that I have an IP. When my daughter asked to borrow it a few weeks ago I told her to just keep it, since I no longer use it. I actually just bought a second IP, so I can cook two things at once! I've found that my roasts and other meat dishes have much more flavor than when they've been slow cooking for 8+ hours. The texture is pretty much comparable, in the things I've cooked, at least. For me it's been all about the better, less watered down flavor, and convenience of tossing frozen meat in and having it perfectly cooked in less than an hour.
I've never used it as a rice cooker, or to make yogurt, etc. Just the pressure cooking.
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Re: Instant pot, still love it?

by Carla G » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:49 am

I think the best selling point for an IP is it’s walk away and leave it aspect. It’s great too for busy moms that forgot to thaw out those chicken breasts before they left for work in the morning. Or beans. Otherwise I agree with everyone else. I found I prefer slow roasting or cooking better.
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