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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Tips & Recipes

JustaMom5465JustaMom5465 1646 replies82 threads Senior Member
Thanks to the mentions in the SOUP thread - I ordered an Instant Pot today! This one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FLYWNYQ

It comes on Wednesday. Anyone have favorite recipes? Tips? Tricks? Any info you'd like to share?
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84330 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    I'm temped to order, but there seems to be 4 styles? How do you choose??
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  • shellzshellz 1376 replies38 threads Senior Member
    I'm tempted too...but I keep thinking about the storage space. As it is, my kitchen aid stand mixer, and my behemoth turkey roasting pan already live in the garage. My crockpot and rice cooker are jammed into cupboards...barely.
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  • HoggirlHoggirl 2006 replies206 threads Senior Member
    @shellz - I am considering purchasing one of these, too. If I do, I will get rid of the rice cooker and crockpot, since the InstantPot can also be used as those. In my mind, I would have a net difference of -1 appliances (get rid of those two and gain the InstantPot, so down one appliance overall) with a net difference of +1 functions (since I don't have a pressure cooker now).

    @mom2collegekids - from my limited research it appears that the Duo model is the newer one and it adds the yogurt function along with some other things that make it different from the Lux. There are two sizes in the Duo. There is a also a more pricey "smart" one, but I can already tell I am too dumb for it. From what I have read, there is already a bit of a learning curve on the ones that aren't "smart." I have also heard that they have made on for Walmart that is very similar to the Duo model that actually has a slightly higher psi than the one from Amazon. There is a FB group I found that has lots of information.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84330 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    Thanks!
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  • raclutraclut 3754 replies239 threads Senior Member
    HSN is offering this special today on Elite Bistro presser cooker.
    http://www.hsn.com/todays-special
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  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom 15911 replies347 threads Senior Member
    I think the instant pot thing must be what my son in law is planning to buy. He was saying Friday that their slow compressing reliable and he was thinking about buying a gadget that is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and makes yogurt. I'd never heard of it before.
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  • musictherapymommusictherapymom 77 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I purchased the 7 in 1 duo on Black Friday. I love love love it...I use it several days a week, from poached eggs, to cheesecake and soup and mac & cheese and meat LOL There are alot of recipes online in facebook groups, as well as websites and pinterest. Good thing I got it on sale because I keep getting accessories for it :)
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  • HoggirlHoggirl 2006 replies206 threads Senior Member
    @musictherapymom - what accessories have you purchased for yours? Since I have not yet acquired one and am unfamiliar with all the ins and outs of how to use it, I am not sure what else would be desirable and why. The only one I have specifically seen listed (that I understood) was a glass top for when using it as a slow cooker.
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  • am9799am9799 1013 replies30 threads Senior Member
    I have both a pressure cooker (Fagor) and an instant pot and I use them all the time. At least 3-4 a week. I do my cooking mostly with the Fagor though since I had it for ever and it is under the hood. I make soups, stews, roast beef, chicken dishes, you name it. In my instant pot I mostly make rice and grains and some times my daughter makes cut potatoes (there is a recipe in the booklet). I also use it in the slow cook mode for ribs and such.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84330 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    edited January 2016
    I'm trying to figure out if I'll use this enough to justify kitchen cabinet space for it. I have a good rice cooker and a few crockpots, including one with a bake/roaster feature. With just H and me home, I don't cook that many big meals anymore, so not sure how often I'd use the pressure cooker feature.


    Some of you are saying that you're using your instant pot several times per week...what are you using it for?
    edited January 2016
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  • bogibogibogibogi 429 replies22 threads Member
    The Amazon reviews are so convincing and the Facebook page is pretty amazing. Just bought one for my daughter since I have a stovetop pressure cooker that I'm happy with. I may eventually break down and buy one for myself considering all the high praise. Thanks @CardinalFang for introducing us to the product.
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  • am9799am9799 1013 replies30 threads Senior Member
    @mom2collegekids I use mine a lot because I use it as a rice cooker as well. I also cook a lot of legumes/beans and meat stews that would take hours otherwise. I make a lot of soups, vegetarian chili and such. My mom used a pressure cooker a lot while I grew up so it is really part of my culture. I also make coq au vin and similar chicken dishes.
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  • JustaMom5465JustaMom5465 1646 replies82 threads Senior Member
    Recipies/Instructions for these delicious-sounding dishes would be much appreciated!!!!
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  • musictherapymommusictherapymom 77 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @hoggirl I have purchased an extra seal, extra pot, 7" springform pan, silicone liners (for eggs) and a steamer basket
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  • musictherapymommusictherapymom 77 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @mom2collegekids I makepoached eggs, boiled eggs, potato salad, baked potatoes, rice, cheesecake, brownies, chicken, pork, beef and I am sure there are more, it just depends on what's for supper LOL
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  • musictherapymommusictherapymom 77 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @JustaMom5465 https://www.facebook.com/groups/InstantPotCommunity/ there are many recipes on this site, along with pinterest and sites listed by pilot2012
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  • am9799am9799 1013 replies30 threads Senior Member
    Basically any recipe that calls for a dutch oven or slow cooker can be adapted for the pressure cooker by adjusting the liquids (less). Ok, maybe it will not come out as perfect as the dutch oven but it will be done in 30 min.It also perfect for brown rice, wheat and harder grains.
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  • HoggirlHoggirl 2006 replies206 threads Senior Member
    @musictherapymom - thanks! Can you please elaborate on the silicone liner for eggs? Is it necessary or just nice to have? I have heard great things about hard-boiling eggs in the InstantPot - is the liner necessary for this?

    Also, do you have an extra seal because you have a seal just for when you make yogurt? I have seen that mentioned before as well.
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  • raclutraclut 3754 replies239 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2016
    It is always good to buy an extra seal (made of rubber) because after a couple years of using them they get out of shape and then the pressure cooker lid starts dripping when it is turned on. I should mention that I have a stove top pressure cooker. I don't know how these new models are made.
    This is what I've had for years.
    http://www.amazon.com/Prestige-Deluxe-Stainless-Pressure-3-Liter/dp/B003XCNHHK/ref=sr_1_3/175-6341540-2824423?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1451935682&sr=1-3&keywords=prestige+pressure+cookers

    I was referring to the sealing ring gasket. (extra seal)
    http://www.amazon.com/Prestige-Popular-Sealing-6-Liter-Pressure/dp/B00CBGP6DC/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1451935783&sr=1-4&keywords=prestige+pressure+cookers

    You have to be careful to let things cools down before you open the top with the Prestige. Make sure all the steam from the whistle is let out. The whistle on top should also be properly cleaned too. It the pressure cooker is still warm I usually put cold running water over it in the sink to cool it down before I open it.
    edited January 2016
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