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Old 09-19-2018, 10:31 AM
 
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I really enjoy my Instant Pot. I am not a big cook but I love it for beans, eggs, potatoes, various grain dishes, some pasta dishes, etc. I have never tried to cook a fancy recipe in it or something with meat. I do hear that some people get frustrated with it because something doesn't come out like someone online said it would, etc., but personally I have had no problems. I do think there may be a learning curve and trial and error if you're trying to do something more complicated but for what I use it for it is great.

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Old 09-19-2018, 10:32 AM
 
Location: equator
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Don't pressure cookers do the same thing? We used to use ours a lot, living at high altitude. Now, not so much. (sea level)
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Don't pressure cookers do the same thing? We used to use ours a lot, living at high altitude. Now, not so much. (sea level)
An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. It just runs on electric rather than being set on a hob.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:57 AM
 
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Why would you need a Crock Pot from Williams Sonoma? Even my grocery store sells Rival Crock Pots (7 qt size) for about $35. My first 5 qt rival (paid $15 for it on a Black Friday) lasted for 20 years. I still have a small one that's 35 years old. I don't use it much because of the size.

That said, my sister loves her Instant Pot. We gave one to our daughter. She doesn't use it often. They don't take long to cook.
Because it has insert which can go on the stove.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:17 AM
 
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Because it has insert which can go on the stove.
What is the benefit to that? I have pots and pans. And if it's a matter of being able to brown meat without using another pot, there are crock pots that will do that.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:27 AM
 
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I have all the appliances discussed, and even though some are listed for "multi" use, I find that I keep using specific items for specific dishes. That way I get consistently good results. So, if I know something is cooked best in a pressure cooker, I use that appliance, same for a slow cooker or rice cooker. The InstaPot is best for a small stew with mainly lean meat or one that is mainly vegetarian. Just what works for me.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Why all the concern over a crock pot, when it was the Cuisinart that is the tragedy? I still have one of the original Cuisinarts from 50 years ago, and would be heartbroken if it died. With a Cuisinart and a KitchenAid I can process just about anything. A crock pot is just a pot. A heavy cast aluminum pot on simmer will do as much.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:05 PM
 
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Meh. I've gotten through my whole life without a Cuisinart. But I love my crock pot and my Instant Pot. Maybe it's not logical, but I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving the house with something simmering on the stove, but I'm okay with walking away from the crock pot.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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W A crock pot is just a pot. A heavy cast aluminum pot on simmer will do as much.
It will but I wouldn't leave a pot on the stove all day while I'm at work like I do with the crock pot. To me that is the real benefit of a slow cooker.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I bought an Instant Pot a few months ago, and just used it for the first time this week. To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed. I made short ribs with a red wine sauce and the results were not as good as the crockpot (the meat wasn't as tender). The next night, I tried baked potatoes and, again, they were no better than when I make them in the microwave, it took much longer, and it required clean up.

I'm thinking I need to increase my cooking times over whatever the Instant Pot recipe suggests and maybe I'll get better results. If anyone here has some suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
There's a little bit of a learning curve with the Instant Pot. You may like your ribs more tender than whoever wrote the recipe. Fall-off-the-bones tender takes a little bit longer. You should also do a natural release for meat.


Whole potatoes are generally better in the microwave than the IP. I only cook mine in the IP because I'm allergic to potatoes cooking (part of my latex allergy) and I get sick if I cook potatoes in the microwave, oven or on the stovetop. I can cook them in the IP as long as someone else goes into the kitchen to release the steam, and I stay out of the kitchen until it's done venting.
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