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Old 03-07-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Gee, I wonder why they call it the "Instant" Pot? It cuts cooking times in half or more for most dishes. Beans for example, I can go from dried beans to fully cooked in less than an hour. Try that in a regular pot.
Is the sarcasm necessary?

MoonLady said it well:

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Agreed- some things, like beans are much faster. But not everything. Between waiting for it to come to pressure, cooking and then letting the pressure release, it can take almost as much time for some dishes. Things like rice and boiled eggs to me take just as long on the stovetop with less fuss. I make carne guisada in the IP a lot (we like it for tacos) and it's much faster than cooking on top of the stove and I don't have to worry about checking it to make sure it's not burning. I also made lasagna and a cheesecake in my IP and both took a fraction of the time it would have taken in the oven. All depends on what you cook!
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Agreed- some things, like beans are much faster. But not everything. Between waiting for it to come to pressure, cooking and then letting the pressure release, it can take almost as much time for some dishes. Things like rice and boiled eggs to me take just as long on the stovetop with less fuss. I make carne guisada in the IP a lot (we like it for tacos) and it's much faster than cooking on top of the stove and I don't have to worry about checking it to make sure it's not burning. I also made lasagna and a cheesecake in my IP and both took a fraction of the time it would have taken in the oven. All depends on what you cook!
Actually, I find that brown rice cooks faster in the IP. and the rice is better than what I get from my rice cooker.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:41 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Is the sarcasm necessary?

MoonLady said it well:
No, the sarcasm isn't necessary you are right but the question stands, why do they call it the Instant Pot. Some things seems so obvious but some people still ignore them. That's why it's a bit frustrating.

It's obvious that cooking in an instant is impossible but moonlady failed to give examples of when cooking in an IP is slower than the "regular" way. It also heats up very fast, I've noticed that. It will take a bit longer if you start with cold ingredients. A regular pot on a stove also takes time. The cooking time is less than usual. That leaves the pressure release time which varies. Overall, it does save time regardless.

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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.
https://instantpot.com/
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:00 PM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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You do realize that Instant Pot is the brand name right? I think it's somewhat appropriate since it can cook some foods much faster. It doesn't mean everything that you can cook in it is faster -some people just like the set it and forget it convenience. I've seen those charts where it shows you how "fast" things cook, but they fail to incorporate the time to pressure and time to release, so it is misleading. I have not regretted my purchase one bit, but I have changed my idea about what it can do. I did make a pretty good pork tenderloin in a balsamic glaze the other day, but I'd still prefer to cook it on the grill and in about the same amount of time.

I have talked many people out of buying one because I know how they cook and they were swayed by all the hype around it. In reality, it still takes a fair amount of prep and planning and if you're not that kind of cook, it's not going to help you there.

I happen to like to cook a lot and I like to make everything from scratch, so it's a great tool for me. I don't necessarily think everyone should have one.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I looked at the 6 quart Instant Pot today at Kohl's, and that thing is HUGE ! I'm re-thinking the pressure cooker idea.
You need some extra space for the food you make, so you only fill it 1/2 to 2/3s.
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