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Old 03-02-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I had a hard time with that originally, but my intention was to replace my oblong crockpot with the IP, so storage-wise, it fit in the same place. Unfortunately, I decided that I couldn't give up my crockpot so I had to do some re-arranging so the IP would fit inside the pantry cupboard when it wasn't being used. I have limited counter space and the only appliances that don't get relegated to the pantry are my coffee pot and toaster oven.

It's been worth it I tell ya - I find myself dragging it out of the cupboard several times a week. I have really enjoyed using it and cooking different things I didn't expect to at first.
This was my experience as well. I made room for mine under my cooktop, moving pans around. I made posole last night and it was good. Later today I would like to steam cook some eggs. And I ‘ve got individual servings of steel cut oats in the fridge.


Such a versatile appliance.
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thanks all. Do you cook a lot of things in your PC other than meat? Because we rarely eat meat.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:20 PM
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How well do flavors develop with the shorter cooking times compared to a crockpot or regular braising?
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I braise kale in mine, and it is the best kale I’ve ever eaten. I also saute sliced onions, and add other sliced veggies for a mixed veggie side. I also have cooked mushrooms and they were good. And brown rice also turns out well.

I steam cook eggs and make steel cut oats.

Do an internet search for vegetarian IP recipes for an idea about what you can do. My newest PC cookbook does have several vegetarian recipes. So I know people can use their cookers to make meatless dishes.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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How well do flavors develop with the shorter cooking times compared to a crockpot or regular braising?
Very well usually. Some chilis taste better the next day. But I prefer the flavors so far to slow cooker food.
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks all. Do you cook a lot of things in your PC other than meat? Because we rarely eat meat.
Beans, rice, rice pudding, yogurt, mac and cheese, pasta with alfredo sauce. I cook whole potatoes in it, much faster than baking them. It's good for baby carrots too. I haven't had good luck with more delicate veggies.
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thanks. Does any PC cookbook's recipes work with any PC ? Or does it have to be for your specific cooker ?

I read that liquid has to be used in a pressure cooker. Doesn't that make things like "baked" potatoes soggy?
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You can use any recipe. It's easiest to get the Instant Pot because all the recipes are for it, but you can adapt once you figure out which buttons do what, even with another brand.

I use a rack for the potatoes. The water goes under the rack. You don't get crispy potato skins like you do in the oven, but the potatoes don't get soggy.
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Roasted things will not be the same. If you love crisp skinned baked potatoes, then make those in the oven. But pressure cooking them is great for mashed.

The IP is good for boiling, steaming, braising.

The manufacturer will inform you in users’ guide how much water you need. You can learn more about this at the Hip Pressure Cooking website.

IP needs 1C of liquid.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I use a 20-year-old aluminum Mirro. It's still going.
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