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Old 04-23-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I have and use two sizes of crockpots. One 8 quart programmable and one very old 5 quart manual (that I think I got as a wedding gift for my first marriage in 1975). The smaller one seems to heat up very slowly and stuff just isn't cooking as thoroughly as it should. So it's replace it time.

I want a unit roughly the same size. I've been reading about instapots. Are they worth the additional money?
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:44 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I have and use two sizes of crockpots. One 8 quart programmable and one very old 5 quart manual (that I think I got as a wedding gift for my first marriage in 1975). The smaller one seems to heat up very slowly and stuff just isn't cooking as thoroughly as it should. So it's replace it time.

I want a unit roughly the same size. I've been reading about instapots. Are they worth the additional money?
i have an instant pot, and its worth every cent! it cooks as a pressure cooker, which means i can cook frozen blocks of meat in no time if i forgotten to take it out night before or even morning of day i need it. It also cooks rice, beans without soaking it, and boils dozens of eggs in it to make hard boiled eggs perfectly!
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Old 04-23-2017, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...It also cooks...beans without soaking...
Well... I tried pressure-cooking beans, and they are a far cry from beans that I simmer for hours on the stove or slow cooker. The creaminess just isn't there with the pressure-cooked beans.
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I haven't touched my crock pot since I got a pressure cooker. I've used the pressure cooker almost every day, too.

My beans come out the same as they do in the crock pot. I cook them for an hour. You can do a quick soak before you cook them if they're not coming out the way you want.

The things I've been cooking are one pot pasta dishes, boneless beef ribs, chuck roast, "baked potatoes", hard boiled eggs, Asian beef and peppers. I used pork loin to make a less greasy pulled pork the other day.

One thing to consider is that you can't cook as much food in an 8 qt pressure cooker as you can in a crock pot the same size, because you've got to leave 1/3 of the pot empty when you're using it as a pressure cooker.
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:28 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I am a huge fan of pressure cooker! Tasty food in no time! Slow cooker is something from the last century...
http://www.thekitchn.com/i-tried-the...s-later-226178
I have stovetop Rikon Duromatic, so it's little different, but my son has electric Breville, and loves it! His #1 cooking gadget!

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Old 04-24-2017, 04:16 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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I'd definitely go for the Instant Pot, especially since you also have a working crockpot. You can slow cook in the Instant Pot, but I believe it only heats from the bottom--not all the way around like a traditional slow cooker.

I think there was a recent thread here on the pros/cons of the Instant Pot.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I have a pressure cooker and a slow cooker. The pressure cooker wins most of the time. I have to plan ahead if I use the slow cooker.
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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So the instant is a pressure cooker?
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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There was a recent thread on same. Not sure if Dawn has gotten hers yet, but she may chime in.
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:56 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I don't have an insta-pot, but use a pressure cooker. It's about the same thing. I love, love, love my pressure cooker! It's so much faster and tastier.
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