Last year when my slow cooker died, I went in search of a replacement and found the Instant Pot. It was four times the price of your average slow cooker, but I bought it almost immediately – well, for me “immediately” is three days of online research, discussing it with my husband, and checking the bank balance, but I was pretty sure I wanted it as soon as I saw it.
I’ve been saying for years that someone should just make one pot that does all the things! They make a million different appliances that are basically the same shape but cook food at different temperatures… rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, veggie steamer, yogurt maker… Why can’t they just put it all into one pot? It’s the 21st century.
Long story short – the reviews were awesome and my husband agreed, so I bought one for around $120. I didn’t regret it then and I don’t regret it now, even though it’s on sale today for $99.99.
That’s when you know you made a good purchase: When you see it on sale later and you don’t even wish you had waited.
However, if you don’t have an Instant Pot and you want one, you should get it now. (Still check the bank balance and check with the wife or husband if you have one, but then buy it while it’s cheap!) I can attest that it’s of great quality and it really does replace almost all the things. It has a slow cook function, I make perfect rice in it all the time, and for breakfast this morning, I had yogurt I made in my Instant Pot. And of course it also works great as a pressure cooker. (I make pot roast and soups and carnitas in mine all the time.) Oh! And you can make dry beans from start to finish in a couple of hours. No pre-soaking!
There are similar electric pressure cookers out there. I haven’t tried them. This is the good one. It has a stainless steel insert and it’s top quality. I would recommend it at its regular price of $120. At this price, don’t even look elsewhere.
Walmart has a different version of the same thing, but it’s a little bit stripped-down. It doesn’t have a yogurt button and it doesn’t have both the high and low pressure settings. I’ve still heard that people who own it are happy with it, but if you can get the 7-in-1 DUO for the same price – like you can today – then get it.
What I make most often with my Instant Pot:
- hard-boiled eggs (because it’s easy & they peel beautifully)
- dry beans (because no soaking + they’re done quickly + easiest method ever)
- yogurt (because it’s cheap and really good – this is an overnight process)
- pot roast (because I’ve always used a pressure cooker to make pot roast, and the Instant Pot works great for it)
Read Instant Pot Duo reviews at Amazon