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  • Post #31 - June 20th, 2017, 4:21 pm
    Post #31 - June 20th, 2017, 4:21 pm Post #31 - June 20th, 2017, 4:21 pm
    I have found success with the usual braises, soups, etc. but I am interested if anyone has tried out any of the cheesecake recipes out there for the Instant Pot and what those results looked like. I have seen similar recipes for cheesecake and deep dish pizzas for slow cookers but I have never given one a shot.
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  • Post #32 - June 21st, 2017, 9:41 am
    Post #32 - June 21st, 2017, 9:41 am Post #32 - June 21st, 2017, 9:41 am
    Not a fan of cheesecake but last week I made a terrific (Not Key) Lime Pie in the IP. It's the perfect size for four and no leftovers.

    I bought my IP on Black Friday 2016. I've had a 100% success rate: Chili, stock, rice, bolognese, stew, curry, and jook. I've been making a lot of hard boiled eggs and have made three batches of Greek yogurt in the last week. It's my favorite kitchen appliance.
  • Post #33 - July 10th, 2017, 10:06 pm
    Post #33 - July 10th, 2017, 10:06 pm Post #33 - July 10th, 2017, 10:06 pm
    Wonderful article about the Instant Pot in this weekend’s WSJ. This writer worked her way up to cooking a four course meal from Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking --- at a vacation home in Cape Cod. She was inspired by “an essay the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri once wrote. She made the case that you could cook everything you need during a summer getaway in a single cast-iron pan.” She made “a quartet of resolutely summery classics: homard à l’Américaine, ratatouille and soubise (a sweet onion risotto)—plus a fudgy (and gluten-free) gâteau Reine de Saba to finish it off.” Great summer food writing.
    Read it here
  • Post #34 - July 10th, 2017, 11:46 pm
    Post #34 - July 10th, 2017, 11:46 pm Post #34 - July 10th, 2017, 11:46 pm
    Joy wrote:Great summer food writing.
    Read it here

    Great piece - thanks for the link. :)

    =R=
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  • Post #35 - July 12th, 2017, 11:33 am
    Post #35 - July 12th, 2017, 11:33 am Post #35 - July 12th, 2017, 11:33 am
    OK, I finally went for it. I bought an Instant Pot during Amazon's Prime Day. I want to see how large it is because our kitchen is not big. But I blame all of you for this! Thanks a lot! :lol:
  • Post #36 - July 12th, 2017, 7:21 pm
    Post #36 - July 12th, 2017, 7:21 pm Post #36 - July 12th, 2017, 7:21 pm
    Joy wrote:OK, I finally went for it. I bought an Instant Pot during Amazon's Prime Day. I want to see how large it is because our kitchen is not big. But I blame all of you for this! Thanks a lot! :lol:


    For the second straight year Instant Pot was the sales leader in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Day.
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  • Post #37 - July 13th, 2017, 9:28 am
    Post #37 - July 13th, 2017, 9:28 am Post #37 - July 13th, 2017, 9:28 am
    Kman wrote:
    Joy wrote:OK, I finally went for it. I bought an Instant Pot during Amazon's Prime Day. I want to see how large it is because our kitchen is not big. But I blame all of you for this! Thanks a lot! :lol:


    For the second straight year Instant Pot was the sales leader in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Day.

    I bought one too. As a baby boomer, I appreciate being part of a big crowd :D .
  • Post #38 - July 13th, 2017, 9:53 am
    Post #38 - July 13th, 2017, 9:53 am Post #38 - July 13th, 2017, 9:53 am
    I saw a report that said this year's Prime Day was the best day ever for sales for Amazon (higher than any Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.), and 60% higher than last year's Prime Day.
  • Post #39 - July 13th, 2017, 1:52 pm
    Post #39 - July 13th, 2017, 1:52 pm Post #39 - July 13th, 2017, 1:52 pm
    My Prime purchase too! Will be following this thread for ideas.
  • Post #40 - July 13th, 2017, 10:18 pm
    Post #40 - July 13th, 2017, 10:18 pm Post #40 - July 13th, 2017, 10:18 pm
    janeyb wrote:My Prime purchase too! Will be following this thread for ideas.

    If you are a Facebook user seek out the InstantPot Cooks (All Pots Welcome) group; they have a few ancillary groups as well. Between that group and the Instant Pot for Indian Cooking FB group (one of my fave's) there's a ton of information shared. Once upon a time the official Instant Pot FB group was quite good but it became kind of Reddit-ized and lost its appeal. Also know that SeriousEats has published quite a number of articles and recipes based upon pressure cooker usage.
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  • Post #41 - September 11th, 2017, 11:18 pm
    Post #41 - September 11th, 2017, 11:18 pm Post #41 - September 11th, 2017, 11:18 pm
    As is mentioned up thread, hard-cooked (not really boiled, right?) eggs are just a breeze with this device. I just use a conventional steamer basket and cook up to a dozen eggs with a cup of water. 5 minutes on low pressure and the eggs are cooked perfectly, with zero gray/green on the outside of the yolks. And the best part is how incredibly easy they are to peel.

    We also discovered that corn on the cob is totally awesome when cooked in the Instant Pot. Again, 1 cup of water, steamer basket and 2 minutes on high pressure, and you've got some of the tastiest, sweetest, plumpest kernels you'll ever enjoy. I do also like grilled corn, especially when making elotes or esquites but for boiled or steamed, the Instant Pot rules.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #42 - September 13th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Post #42 - September 13th, 2017, 12:50 pm Post #42 - September 13th, 2017, 12:50 pm
    Hmmm, so does this device operate as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker?

    Perhaps I do know what folks are getting this year.
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  • Post #43 - September 13th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    Post #43 - September 13th, 2017, 1:38 pm Post #43 - September 13th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    Moetchandon has been coveting an Instant Pot, and Serious Eats gives it a good recommendation (although slightly behind the $250 Breville version). I'm still not sure I'll get her one.
  • Post #44 - September 13th, 2017, 1:54 pm
    Post #44 - September 13th, 2017, 1:54 pm Post #44 - September 13th, 2017, 1:54 pm
    pairs4life wrote:Hmmm, so does this device operate as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker?

    Yes and apparently, 5 other cooking modes as well. I often use the Saute' mode before pressure cooking, depending on what I'm making. It has a low-med-high toggle and works very well for searing meat or sweating vegetables before further cooking.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #45 - September 17th, 2017, 6:59 am
    Post #45 - September 17th, 2017, 6:59 am Post #45 - September 17th, 2017, 6:59 am
    WalMart had 6-quart Instant Pots on sale for $69 the other day. There was a sizeable stack of them at the Touhy Ave. store.
  • Post #46 - September 17th, 2017, 8:25 am
    Post #46 - September 17th, 2017, 8:25 am Post #46 - September 17th, 2017, 8:25 am
    My wife bought one of these, because advertising told her to.
    She also bought a fancy electric pressure cooker a year ago, because I use them, and our old one broke. I used the Instant Pot to make rice a few weeks ago. (Our 10 yr old rice cooker recently broke.)

    Wise LTH members - is this instant-pot just a re-marketed electric pressure cooker?
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  • Post #47 - September 17th, 2017, 8:44 am
    Post #47 - September 17th, 2017, 8:44 am Post #47 - September 17th, 2017, 8:44 am
    HI,

    A friend bought a $250 Breville pressure/slow cooker, which after he described its features it sounded like an Instant Pot. I suggested he return it and spend a lot less on an Instant Pot.

    seebee, I suspect you are right.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #48 - September 17th, 2017, 9:19 am
    Post #48 - September 17th, 2017, 9:19 am Post #48 - September 17th, 2017, 9:19 am
    seebee wrote:My wife bought one of these, because advertising told her to.
    She also bought a fancy electric pressure cooker a year ago, because I use them, and our old one broke. I used the Instant Pot to make rice a few weeks ago. (Our 10 yr old rice cooker recently broke.)

    Wise LTH members - is this instant-pot just a re-marketed electric pressure cooker?


    I'm not even sure it's re-marketed. That's what it is (though they did add some other functions).
  • Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 10:28 pm
    Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 10:28 pm Post #49 - September 19th, 2017, 10:28 pm
    seebee wrote:My wife bought one of these, because advertising told her to.
    She also bought a fancy electric pressure cooker a year ago, because I use them, and our old one broke. I used the Instant Pot to make rice a few weeks ago. (Our 10 yr old rice cooker recently broke.)

    Wise LTH members - is this instant-pot just a re-marketed electric pressure cooker?

    I don't know what you mean by the term "re-marketed"? Yes, it's an electric pressure cooker (EPC). Like many EPC's on the market today it touts the ability to perform multiple functions beyond simple PC - among them a slow cooker and a yogurt maker as well as saute (for sweating veggies or browning meats prior to the main cooking). Like many EPC's it also has a bunch of special function buttons (rice, beans/chili, meat/stew, poultry, etc.) that are designed to provide a one-touch ability to cook a particular food. That said, other than saute and yogurt, I almost exclusively use the manual setting. There are a number of different InstantPot models at different price points. Another company, GoWise, produces a remarkably similar product (manufactured in same facility and uses a stainless steel liner) to the IP at a lower price point that if I were buying a new EPC today I would probably select over the IP.
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  • Post #50 - October 3rd, 2017, 3:47 pm
    Post #50 - October 3rd, 2017, 3:47 pm Post #50 - October 3rd, 2017, 3:47 pm
    I'm doing a slow-cooker butter chicken recipe in my Instant Pot. It's the first time I've used it as a slow cooker, but I'm wondering about the temps. I have it set on high, and it's been going for about three hours. My thermometer says the sauce is just above 190, and the chicken pieces (all bone-in thighs) are 150. The recipe has another two or three hours to go; I know the chicken will be edible if it gets up to 155, but I was wondering if this was typical. It seems like 190 should be about the lowest heat, not the highest, for a slow cooker, but I'm not very familiar with them.

    Is this what your slow cooker does?
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  • Post #51 - October 5th, 2017, 3:17 pm
    Post #51 - October 5th, 2017, 3:17 pm Post #51 - October 5th, 2017, 3:17 pm
    mamagotcha wrote:I'm doing a slow-cooker butter chicken recipe in my Instant Pot. It's the first time I've used it as a slow cooker, but I'm wondering about the temps. I have it set on high, and it's been going for about three hours. My thermometer says the sauce is just above 190, and the chicken pieces (all bone-in thighs) are 150. The recipe has another two or three hours to go; I know the chicken will be edible if it gets up to 155, but I was wondering if this was typical. It seems like 190 should be about the lowest heat, not the highest, for a slow cooker, but I'm not very familiar with them.

    Is this what your slow cooker does?


    The IP resources I follow pretty universally report what you are seeing. The slow cooker function on the IP operates at a very low temp compared to "real" slow cookers/crockpots. Many have been unpleasantly surprised when following a normal slow cooker recipe and unknowingly using the default settings (not adjusting to High, which is not much higher than most SC's Low). The IP does many things quite well but the slow cooker function is probably its weakest.
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  • Post #52 - October 5th, 2017, 3:39 pm
    Post #52 - October 5th, 2017, 3:39 pm Post #52 - October 5th, 2017, 3:39 pm
    Mine just arrived yesterday! Now I just have to decide what to make first...
  • Post #53 - October 5th, 2017, 7:35 pm
    Post #53 - October 5th, 2017, 7:35 pm Post #53 - October 5th, 2017, 7:35 pm
    Well, if your household is anything like mine, I'd suggest "making" room in the closet or pantry to store it in the box next to the deep fryer, soda maker, ice cream maker, crock pots, and ninja blender.

    (I'll be here all week, folks. Make sure to tip the waitstaff.)
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  • Post #54 - October 18th, 2017, 10:33 am
    Post #54 - October 18th, 2017, 10:33 am Post #54 - October 18th, 2017, 10:33 am
    Today's Chicago Tribune Food section has the required article about the Instant Pot. (just skip the sports section!) :(

    Besides the usual "it is so easy it is amazing" and "you have to spend time learning how to do it" contradictions, there are notes about new Instant Pot-based cookbooks just out or on their way (apparently --yes-- a 'slew').

    Four are mentioned:

    'Instant Pot Miracle' by Deb Brody, out now
    'The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook' by Coco Morante, out now
    'How to Instant Pot' by Daniel Shumski, out Oct. 31
    'Adventures in Slow Cooking' by Sarah DiGregorio, out now

    Are you familiar with any of these titles? Do you have a recommendation for an Instant Pot cookbook for complete beginners? Can you say what makes the cookbook useful or interesting?

    Holiday gift-giving season is bearing down on us. I have this thought that it might be kind to include a cookbook with any gift of an Instant Pot.
  • Post #55 - October 18th, 2017, 8:35 pm
    Post #55 - October 18th, 2017, 8:35 pm Post #55 - October 18th, 2017, 8:35 pm
    The latest issue of Consumer Reports has test results from a range of small appliances, including toaster ovens, blenders, microwaves, and pressure cookers. One of the pressure cookers they like is only $30. They also review the Instant Pot. They are mostly very positive about it. The only problem with it that they see is that it does not have enough power to adequately sear meat. They also talk about diets in this issue, and they give their opinion about the gluten free diet. Many public libraries have the web version of CR on their website.

    There are tons of Instant Pot cookbooks out now. I know one of the cookbooks that has gotten good reviews has Indian recipes in it. Apparently the Instant Pot lends itself well to Indian cooking. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #56 - October 18th, 2017, 8:59 pm
    Post #56 - October 18th, 2017, 8:59 pm Post #56 - October 18th, 2017, 8:59 pm
    NFriday wrote:The only problem with it that they see is that it does not have enough power to adequately sear meat.

    There are 3 temperature settings for sear mode and on medium or high, I have no problem adequately browning meat in the Instant Pot. I do have the 8-quart model. Perhaps they were testing on the 6-quart or some other model? Or maybe they just overfilled the pot?

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #57 - October 19th, 2017, 1:11 pm
    Post #57 - October 19th, 2017, 1:11 pm Post #57 - October 19th, 2017, 1:11 pm
    CR did test a 6 quart pot.
  • Post #58 - October 19th, 2017, 2:49 pm
    Post #58 - October 19th, 2017, 2:49 pm Post #58 - October 19th, 2017, 2:49 pm
    NFriday wrote:The latest issue of Consumer Reports has test results from a range of small appliances, including toaster ovens, blenders, microwaves, and pressure cookers. One of the pressure cookers they like is only $30. They also review the Instant Pot. They are mostly very positive about it. The only problem with it that they see is that it does not have enough power to adequately sear meat. They also talk about diets in this issue, and they give their opinion about the gluten free diet. Many public libraries have the web version of CR on their website.

    Thanks for this heads-up, Nancy. I like being able to access Consumer Reports online via my local library.
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  • Post #59 - October 19th, 2017, 4:56 pm
    Post #59 - October 19th, 2017, 4:56 pm Post #59 - October 19th, 2017, 4:56 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    NFriday wrote:The only problem with it that they see is that it does not have enough power to adequately sear meat.

    There are 3 temperature settings for sear mode and on medium or high, I have no problem adequately browning meat in the Instant Pot. I do have the 8-quart model. Perhaps they were testing on the 6-quart or some other model? Or maybe they just overfilled the pot?

    =R=


    I haven't had an issue with my 6-quart pot. As you said, there are three settings. You have to hit "adjust" (and not the plus or minus buttons, which I once tried and assumed there was no way to adjust searing temps until I looked through the manual later). It works fine for me but, as always, don't overcrowd.

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