Insta Pot. It's A Pressure Cooker Type Thing, I Think

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Very Well-Known Member
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    I follow the channel on YouTube of a camper van couple and they cook a lot in an Insta Pot. She makes it look like a really nice device but they are also a pressure cooker type thing which I find scary. I think they would be good to use in summer as they would generate much less heat than a stove top. You can even buy cookbooks geared just to them.

    Anyone use one?
     
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    I don't but it sounds familiar...maybe @Lon Tanner mentined it on here or there. I know somebody did if it's the same thing you're talking about.
     
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    I have heard of them before, but was not exactly sure what they are, so I looked them up on youtube. Basically, it is a pressure cooker, but a much more modern one than the old fashioned ones we all remember with the little cap on top.
    I used to have something similar to this many years ago, and I really liked it. It was electric and had a gauge on it, and you just let it heat up until the little cap started hissing and rocking, and then you set the temp for that heat, and let it cook.
    It made food really fast, and it tasted good and meats were always tender.
    It was best for a one-pot meal, like you would make in a crockpot, although you could cook your meat, then turn it off, and when it cooled down enough, then you opened the lid and added potatoes or veggies and then cooked it a few minutes longer.

     
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    @Yvonne Smith Thank you for the video and information. I will look at the video and research others.
     
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    We've been using the electric pressure cooker for years. Best thing we ever bought for the kitchen, Ours is an AROMA brand. I' don't know about instant pot or any other brands but we use ours all the time. Ours can also be used as a slow cooker although we have never tried it that way.
     
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    We have a pressure cooker have never used it myself. Probably because once when young my mom was cooking pinto beans in one. I was in the other room when it blew up! I just knew my mom was dead....but she had being in another room also. The site of the kitchen mess from ceiling to floor...naw I don't want to mess with that.
     
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    A really neat pressure cooker was marketed (several, actually) years back, for use in the microwave oven. Made of super-strong plastic of some kind. We had one, but used it rarely, my wife being so adroit with the 'wave, she didn't need the extra speediness. Still, a pressure-cooker's ability to raise temperature higher than boiling point of water tenderizes meats very effectively.
    Frank
     
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    The Insta Pot has a lot of good reviews on Amazon, etc. so definitely is worth considering IMO. They also come in different sizes which is helpful if you have limited space.
     
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    We recently acquired something similar. The Pressure King Pro. Which we have tried a couple of times for cooking rice (spot on) and for making chicken tikka masala which was amazing. I look forward to giving it a lot more use in the near future.
     
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    @Gloria Mitchell
    The problem that occurred is a common one with beans, or any other food likely to foam up and clog the pressure relief. Rarely a problem cooking meats. What you describe happened once to my wife's dad, and he had been a cook aboard ship in the Army!
    Frank
     
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    "In July 2015 the Instant Pot Smart-60 cooker was recalled, affecting about 1140 units in the United States and Canada. The defect caused electric current to leak, which could potentially shock the product's user. There were four reported instances of this shock before it was recalled.[8]

    In February 2018, five production runs of Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers were recalled because they were overheating and subsequently melting due to a manufacturing issue."

    No intention of swaying opinion; I may buy one myself! Just be aware, they are new on the market, and the inventor is a computer science specialist, not Engineer or Physicist. May be still working out a few kinks. :D

    See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_Pot
     
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    OK. Getting the Pressure King Pro out this afternoon. Going to attempt Beef stew & dumplings! The dumplings will be Gluten free.
     
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    I looked at the Instant Pot and the smaller size would work fine for us; but I am just not sure how much we would use it or if it would be worth buying one.
    Mostly , I use the Ninja Cooking System, and I really like it. It is just the right size to roast a whole chicken, or a meat roast of some kind, plus I can make soups and stew, and I even make eggplant Parmesan in the Ninja sometimes. It is not a pressure cooker, but has all kinds of heat settings, and you can even bake a cake in it if you want to do that.
    I have had it for about 6 years, and it still works perfectly, although it does not look like new any more........ it has had a LOT of use !

    Here is a short video of the Ninja and how it works.

     
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    Everyone who has had a problem with a pressure cooker that I have heard of was cooking something involving beans. Although we don't use one much anymore except for canning, meat is the best thing to use one for; it seems to press the herbs and spices into to flesh as well as tenderizing the meat.
     
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    Well. The beef stew last night was a roaring success! Even the dumplings came out well. Plenty left in the pot. So looking forward to 'matured' improved seconds as per the thread elsewhere.
     
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    I got to admit they do scare me a bit. I don't eat meat and after reading here I'd probably avoid beans. But my assumption is they throw out little heat and this would be good in the summer. I don't use the oven in the summer but even the stove top adds heat.
     
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    Same here. I may dig out my crock pot but Ive gotten out of the habit of really cooking.
     
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