- SIMPLE, STRESS-FREE VENTING: With an intuitive steam release switch that automatically resets when the lid is closed.
- 9-IN-1 APPLIANCES: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, food warmer, sous vide, and sterilizer.
- QUICK ONE-TOUCH COOKING: With 15 customizable Smart Programs: pressure cook, slow cook, saute, soup, broth, cake, egg, rice, bean, grain, porridge, oatmeal, sterilize, yogurt. and sous vide.
- SMART-DESIGN INNER POT: Uses food-grade stainless steel (18/8), a tri-ply bottom for more even cooking, and an anti-spin design that secures the pot for perfect sauteing.
I ordered the 3 quart on Black Friday and it has made dinner every night since then, for the 2 of us. I ordered an extra liner so I could cook several dishes when we had company but it was a little more time consuming (the Instant Pot can make you lazy) so I decided to go for the 6 quart for when we had company, and to bake cakes and bread. From black eyed pea hummus to seafood stew I have made hundreds of dishes that came out tasting great. Dressing, cornbread, apple crumble, shrimp scampi, salmon, cod, mac and cheese...just when you think there has to be something you can’t make you will find a receipe. I have always hated to cook but the IP makes cooking fun, and when you have company, you can make preparations ahead of time, dump everything in before dinner and spend time with company instead of in the kitchen. And you won’t have a zillion pots and pans to clean.Let me add that I have several friends who have IP and they are afraid of it. It is something they bring out only occasionally and then they are “iffy” about it. If you hate cooking or don’t have time to cook or just want some healthy foods this pot will change your life if you give it a little time. Keep a notebook in the kitchen and play a little and you will soon become an expert.
For a long time, I wasn't a believer. I mean, I'm all for electronic gadgets in the kitchen. If I want to cook something for hours until its delicious and tender, I've got a traditional slow cooker. If I want to feel fancy when I'm preparing perfectly-cooked meats, I've got my Anova sous vide, and a wireless meat thermometer for the grill. But friends and family were always like, "Oh but you gotta get an Instant Pot!" But no, I didn't _have_ to get an Instant Pot.Eventually, though, there was a sale, and I bought one. Now, I didn't really have any meaningful concept of the differences between the sizes and models. This 8 quart Duo Plus came up as a daily deal thing, and I bought it. It was a good price. And you know, it can make like 2 gallons of yogurt or porridge or something, so...great...whatever.I'll be the first to admit that I didn't count on the sheer size of the thing. At the time, it was just my wife and I and our two-year-old daughter. When I unboxed this 8-quart monstrosity, I experienced a moment of trepidation, a fear of ridicule from my wife, who would point out that we don't need a really really ridiculously huge pressure cooker for just us. But I moved on from that anxiety, and I set about putting this thing to work.The first time each of us used it, we felt what I'm sure every other pressure cooker rookie feels at first—the crippling fear that you're about to die in a horrific high-pressure home explosion, and that your family will always be embarrassed to explain that they were related to one of _those_ statistics. But, as I'm sure most pressure cooker owners do, we survived.And it didn't take long before we realized (my wife especially, since she does a lot of the cooking) how fantastic this giant culinary autoclave really is. Cook an entire dinner of roast chicken with red beans & rice in one go? Done. Steam a whole mess 'o veggies when some friends show up with their gaggle of kids for dinner? Easy. Meatballs. Tamales. Artichokes. Corn on the cob. All quickly and (perhaps most significantly) very simple. And there's just a single pot to scrub at the end! Then just throw it back in the pantry until next time.Last night I think I reached my true peak of giant Instant Pot appreciation. I cooked two racks of BBQ pork back ribs. I thought about just taking the meat to my dad's house and letting him do them in the smoker. But that would have taken like 10 hours! I could have tried the sous vide, but that would required me to cut up the ribs into ziploc-sized portions, to come up with a way to cook that much meat together in a bigger cooler than I usually use, and to then clean up the mess and cook for at least a few hours to get a good texture. And who has that kind of time when there's football to be watched and naps to be taken? Want to know how long I spent preparing this meal in the Instant Pot? We wanted to eat at 6pm. I boldly began my process at 5:00.- Five minutes unwrapping and rubbing the meat and stuffing it all into my countertop sauna. I'll leave the visualization to you.- Twenty minutes as the Instant Pot got up to cooking pressure.- 25 minutes cooking + 2 minutes decompressing (and filling the house with delicious porky aroma)- Five minutes painting on some sauce and letting everything sizzle on the grill.Seriously. Delicious, perfectly cooked barbecue ribs—enough to feed at least eight people—ready in about an hour.So yeah. I'm a fan. And even though it's comically large when we're just cooking for ourselves, I'm glad I got the 8 qt monster after all. I haven't even explored all of the fancy other options and space-age things it can do. But I will. If only because I can. Thanks, Instant Pot!
This product is my best friend and I would marry it and grow old with it if I could. I’ve put pork loins, potatoes, yellow bundt cakes from boxed cake, rice, corn on the cob (look up INSTANT POT MILK CORN ON COB & you will never eat it any other way again!!!)... I’ve made piergoies, lasagna, apple dump cake, a whole chicken, bone broth, chicken noodle soup... and more. This is all in less than a month. I’m eating heathlier. Eating out less. Cleanup is easy. The food tastes awesome. The pork loin never dried out after it sat on the serving tray.I suggest getting the Nordic bundt pan (SMALL) multi color, extra seal rings (1 for savory, 1 for sweet)... a large steamer basket RSVP Edurance Stainless steel steamer basket wide rim 8 inch mesh basket 3 quart capacity ...And then,snap off the handles when you get it & read the reviews under it to make sure it’ll fit your new IP, kitchen towels to throw over the release valve, a 7inch springform pan (not the silicone one!!)... and a “HIC porcelain soufflé 8 inch” to make a 2 person lasagna in. Also, A good pair of tongs.
It takes about 12 minutes for this to pressure up. A tiny whiff of your concoction will fill the air as the unit switches to the countdown you set, and usually 10-20 minutes later (whatever you set), your meal will be ready to eat. You can let it take its time or nudge it using the slow release method before being able to open the pot. But it is darn fast!At first it seemed no one would ship this to Hawaii, but fortunately for me, this seller does and it arrived as promised and I have been delighting in experimentation since I started two weeks ago. I bought the 3-qt mini which gives me enough for one hungry person - sometimes I have leftovers to freeze. I can probably cook more volume than I have been but I want to be careful to not overfill the pot (2/3 is absolute limit). I needed the smaller unit for my place but if you have the space, get the 6 or 8 qt. i scour the net for recipes, then concoct my own (which doesn't always turn out). I love to saute onions first so the option to pressure, slow cook or saute is nice, you can also reheat meals and make (steamed) cake even though the mini has no cake setting. I just read some tips and may switch to using the slow cook for cakes. So far I made brownies (dry but my fault as I followed my gut instincts on ingredients), cheesecake (not bad) and (failed) cornbread. The trick on meals is finding items that require similar cook times, like my (frozen) chicken breast, thick wedge of cabbage, whole small potatoes and carrots, 17 min pressure cooked. This is keeping me eating happy and healthy, at home! And cleanup is not bad, either. The nicest thing about having one of these, is that once you get hungry and prepare your meal, you are just a quick chore (or shower or leisurely beer) away from eating -- instead of munching on unhealthy snacks while waiting an hour or more like with normal meals as you eventually spoil your appetite,
I have finally jumped on the Instant Pot train! After hearing friends rave about their Instant Pots and after the crock in my crock pot cracked, I decided to invest some of my Christmas money in one of my own. It took me days to decide which model to purchase. I looked at every store in town and they were sold out everywhere with the exception of the small 3 qt size which I had decided was too small. Forced to wait on my 2 day prime delivery, I ordered from . Finally it arrived Monday prior to lunch. I rushed out and bought a chuck roast to christen it with. I scoured the instant pot recipes I had found on Facebook and found one to try. What would take hours in the oven or crock pot took about 1 hour total in the instant pot. Next day I boiled eggs in it. Push a button, walk away, no worries about water coming to a boil or how long you leave the eggs in the pot. They peel better than any egg I've ever boiled. Next I cooked a turkey breast. It was still partially frozen and was done in an hour and a half start to finish. I've made bone broth in it as well. Again you just push a button and let it do it's thing. No need to stick around and watch a pot boil. It's fabulous and I can see this becoming one of my favorite kitchen items of all time. Is it for everything? No, but then again no kitchen tool I've ever bought is for everything. But it's for a lot of things and that's what I love about it!