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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. :)

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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.
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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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