I Tried the Instant Pot. Here's What I Think About It, 8 Months Later.

I Tried the Instant Pot. Here's What I Think About It, 8 Months Later.

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Kelli Foster
Jul 12, 2016

I first heard about the Instant Pot at the very beginning of this year when Cambria polled readers to find out their favorite slow cooker. Instead of a traditional slow cooker, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, but I'd never even heard of it. My curiosity led me to Amazon, where I found pages and pages of glowing reviews. Was I the only person who didn't know about the Instant Pot?

A few months later, I reviewed the Instant Pot on the site. I approached it with a mixture of excitement and curiosity, along with a large dose of skepticism and disbelief. I mean, can one appliance really do the job of seven? That was eight months ago. After much use, here's what I think about it now.

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What Exactly Is the Instant Pot?

Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. Sounds kind of impressive, right? And I don't know about you, but I definitely don't have the space to store all seven of those appliances.

To be totally honest, I initially thought the Instant Pot seemed way too good to be true, so I was prepared for it to malfunction (or stop working altogether). It was only a matter of time, right?

Except that it wasn't.

As I worked my way through the instruction manual (a necessary evil), and really started to put my Instant Pot to work, something happened that I never expected: The more I used my Instant Pot, the more I really enjoyed using it. I stopped expecting the worst, and even started relying on it for cooking weekly staples, like dried beans, lentils, brown rice, and hard-cooked eggs.

How I Use My Instant Pot

I mostly use my Instant Pot as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker. Sometimes I use it to sauté or warm food, depending on the recipe, and occasionally I use it as a rice cooker. These are the functions that best fit with my lifestyle and the foods I cook on a regular basis. The appliance can also can be used to make yogurt, but I haven't attempted that yet.

This single appliance has made cooking faster and more convenient. (Even my husband has taken to using it!) I love that I can cook steel-cut oats for breakfast in a fraction of the time it would take on the stovetop, make rice to go with a last-minute stir-fry is in minutes, and slow-cook a stew. In fact, it's even taken the place of my slow cooker, which has since been moved out of the kitchen.

At some point over the past eight months, without realizing it was happening, I completely fell in love with my Instant Pot. Yes, the very one I was so skeptical about in the beginning. I now understand all the praise and rave reviews I read months ago, and I feel the very same way myself.

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