I have heard so many people raving about this and so many people on Instagram showing their perfectly cooked meals in under 10 mins. So I decided to take the leap and buy it. I couldn’t decide at first which size to get, they have an 8 quart and a 6 quart. So, I thought as a new mommy, making more always makes life easier for me. So, I went for the 8 quart.
About the Instant Pot:
The first thing I noticed was it is alot larger than I thought, who knows where I am going to store it. It came with an instruction manual, and recipe book, rice scoop, ladle, and a stem rack. It’s designed to equally cook your foods by 7 different options. Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt Maker & Warmer.
Here is what Instant Pots website has to say:
Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.
If you live a fast-paced, health-oriented and green-conscious life style, Instant Pot is designed specifically for you.
With multiple sensors and a micro-processor, Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, capable of completely replacing pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker and stockpot warmer. Most importantly, Instant Pot cooks meals faster with less energy while preserving more nutrients.
The benefits of Instant Pot can be summarized in five aspects.
- Convenient: 12 turn-key function keys for the most common cooking tasks. Planning the meal with delayed cooking up to 24 hours, reducing cooking time by up to 70%.
- Cooking healthy, nutritious and tasty meals: smart programming for delicious healthy food, consistent every time.
- Clean & Pleasant: absolutely quiet, no steam, no smell, no spills, no excessive heat in the kitchen. 6-in-1 capability reduces clutter in the kitchen.
- Energy efficient: saves up to 70% of energy.
- Absolutely safe and dependable: Instant Pot is UL/ULC certified and has 10 fool-proof safety protections.
What I did wrong:
I’ve never owned a pressure cooker before so I was a newbie at this. Even though I didn’t read the instructions, here’s why I highly recommend it.
I started cooking the chicken first by using the sauté option with a little bit of avocado oil. I browned both sides, then placed the stem rack in, added 1 1/2 cups of water and pressure cooked them on high for 5 minutes. When I turned the pressure cooker on I didn’t realize that it took a few minutes to heat up and also during that phase stem comes out. I got confused so I grabbed the instruction manual and decided to find out why? Well… needless to say that’s normal and once it gets to the right amount of heat a red button pops up and the stem stops. I let them cook the 5 minutes, then let them sit for 5 minutes inside without releasing the stem or opening the lid. When I took them out they weren’t quiet done because I didn’t read the instructions on how long they should be in there. I put them back in for another 3 minutes. Well, when they came out they were a tad bit dry. So, If I read the instruction they would have been perfect if cooked for around 6 minutes instead.
I would highly suggest the Instant Pot for anyone, but especially the busy mom. I told you all right, it took around 6 minutes to make Chicken! That alone is worth it in my book. But, let’s not forget it can do many more things. I would recommend reading the instructions and looking at other recipes, to get a better understanding on how it works. But, All and all I’m glad I invested in it, love the size, and can’t wait to make more things with it!