My mom bought me my first Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker almost two years ago. As a working, single mom I was struggling to not eat out and get a healthy dinner on the table. This is largely why I weighed nearly 300 pounds. She heard about this crazy new electric pressure cooker that could do a thousand other things as well and the saint that she is, she bought one for me and sent it my way.
I had never used a pressure cooker of any kind before. I had vague memories of my mom cooking chicken in one when I was young and it not smelling good. So, my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker sat in a box and collected dust. Then one day, it was 7:30 at night and I got home from work with no dinner plans and no money to run to the Burger King on the corner to get dinner. But I did have a corned beef in the fridge. A little bit of googling and I came up with a methodology – used what I would normally use – threw everything in the pot, blindly pressed a few buttons and an hour later – my meat was fall apart tender. Needless to say, I was hooked.
I still wasn’t using the IP everyday, but I worked into my meal preparation. I didn’t know enough to really get the use out of it that it was capable of. Then one day, I joined the corporate sponsored Facebook group for the IP… and the rest as they say is history. When the 8 quart IP came out, I snatched one up. This allowed me to give my original IP to a friend who has lots of kids, a police officer husband, and no time. Then came Amazon Prime day, and I bought another, and two more for family members. Then came Black Friday, and I bought two more for friends. This has changed the lives of those around me.
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THE Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Review
|Model||PowerSupply||RatedPower||Volume||Caliber of Inner Pot (HeightxDiameter)||Weight||Dimension|
|IP-DUO50||120V~ 60Hz||900W||5Qt||14×22 cm 5.5×8.66 inch||5.3kg (11.68lb)||33x31x30 cm13x12.2×11.8 inch(LxWxH)|
|IP-DUO60||120V~ 60Hz||1000W||6Qt||16×22 cm 6.3×8.66 inch||6.61kg (14.57lb)||33x31x32 cm 13×12.2×12.6 inch|
|IP-DUO80||120V~ 60Hz||1200W||8Qt||17.5×24 cm 6.89×9.45 inch||8.62kg (19lb)||37.6×33.8×36 cm 14.8×13.3×14.2 inch|
|Accessories||Rice paddle, Soup spoon, Measuring cup, Steam rack, Condensation water collector, User manual and Recipe booklet.|
Take the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker out of the box, remove the accessories from inside, give the stainless steel inner pot a wash & dry, and you are good to go!
The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is heavy and solid. It is attractive on the outside with the stainless steel and black finish. The buttons are nice and the display is prominent and easy to read. The lid has a rotating valve that moves to one of two settings: sealing & venting. It would be nice if the words were highlighted with paint to make them easy to read. A common tip that you see on the forums is to use a silver pen to highlight the words yourself. I recommend this as well, but it is a simple solution that the manufacturer should be doing on their own.
The same embossed design shows if the lid is closed, again it would be nice to have that highlighted for legibility.
The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker has 16 buttons to control the multi-use functionality of the pressure cooker. I really only use 3 buttons consistently.
Manual button is an all purpose button. Use the manual button if a recipe says to pressure cook on high pressure for a specific number of minutes. Use the “+” and “-” buttons to increase or decrease the cooking time.
Sauté function – use the Sauté button to sauté in the pressure cooking pot with the lid off. You can also press Sauté and the Adjust button once (more) for browning. Press Sauté and the Adjust button twice (less) to simmer.
Keep Warm/Cancel Button – Use this button to cancel a function or turn off your pressure cooker. On the Smart, you can use the Adjust button to reduce or increase the keep warm temperature from 145° (normal) to 133° (less) and 167° (more).
The eight preset buttons provide pre-programmed functionality to the Instant Pot.
Soup – high pressure 30 minute cook time. Press soup and the Adjust button once (more) to cook for 40 minutes. Press soup and the Adjust button twice (less) to cook for 20.
Meat/Stew – high pressure 35 minute cook time. Adjusted to more – 45 minute cook time; adjusted to less – 20 minute cook time.
Bean/Chili – high pressure 30 minute cook time. Adjusted to more – 40 minute cook time; adjusted to less – 25 minute cook time.
Poultry – high pressure 15 minute cook time. Adjusted to more – 30 minute cook time; adjusted to less – 5 minute cook time.
Rice – cooks on low pressure and is the only fully automatic program. It’s for cooking white rices and will adjust the cooking time depending on the amount of water and rice in the cooking pot. I didn’t find a lot of success with this method and prefer to use a shorter time.
Multi-grain – high pressure 40 minute cook time. Adjusted to less – 20 minutes cook time. Adjusted to more – 45 minutes warm water soaking time and 60 minutes pressure cooking time.
Porridge – high pressure 20 minute cook time. Adjusted to more – 30 minute cook time; adjusted to less 15 – a minute cook time.
Steam – high pressure 10 minute cook time. Adjusted to more – 15 minute cook time; adjusted to less – 3 minute cook time. Use this function with a rack or steamer basket because it heats at full power continuously while it’s coming to pressure and you don’t want food in direct contact with the bottom of the pressure cooking pot. Once it reaches pressure, the steam button regulates pressure by cycling on and off similar to the other pressure buttons.
You can also adjust the cook time using pre-set buttons and the “+” and “-” buttons. You can also use the Pressure button to adjust the pre-sets to low pressure.
All of the Instant Pot Duo and Smart pressure cooking pre-sets use high pressure except the rice function, which uses low pressure.
In addition to those buttons, you also have
Slow Cooker – defaults to a 4 hour slow cook time. Use the adjust button to slow cook on low (190-201°F), normal (194-205°F ) or high (199-210°F). Use the “+” and “-” buttons to increase or decrease the cooking time.
Pressure – switches between low and high pressure.
Yogurt – used for making yogurt.
Timer – is for delayed cooking. You need to select a cooking function first, make any adjustments, then press the timer button and adjust with the “+” and “-” buttons.
When I read an Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker recipe, I always add 15-20 minutes to the recipe. When packing the Instant Pot with dense meat and adding water, it takes a while for the pot to come to pressure. It takes even longer, when the food is frozen. But the end results are so good and the food generally cooks so much faster that I don’t mind the time it takes to come to pressure.
Let’s just mention hard boiling eggs in this. Hard boiling eggs has never been difficult, but I detested peeling them. Now, the shells slip off super easily and I cook them for 2 minutes, then let them sit until I have time to take them out. Easiest method ever.
IN CONCLUSION: 2 years and 3 Instant Pots later…
For a hard working parent, this tool is invaluable. The ability to set it and forget it is so amazing! And on the days when you forget to set it, you can throw frozen meat in there and in less than half the time it would take with any other method, your food is ready to eat. I recommend this product wholeheartedly!