Amazon continues to roll out their early bird Black Friday savings, and we especially love today's 45% off sale on the Instant Pot DUO Plus 3 Quart 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. For the rest of today, you can pick one up for $55, normally $100.
True, 3 quarts is quite a bit smaller than the 6- and 8-quart Instant Pot models you may be more familiar with, but before you scoff at its petite size, keep in mind that the DUO Plus 3's functionality is almost identical to that of its bigger siblings. With a smaller footprint, around 11 inches wide by 11 inches tall, compared to the nearly 15-inch-wide by 14-inch-tall 8-quart model, it's considerably more compact, making it perfect for anyone with a tiny kitchen.
Around the holidays, think of it as an extra burner, and use it to sauté and steam veggies or keep recipes like mashed potatoes warm for serving. Its 13 pre-programmed settings make a huge range of dishes with the touch of a button: Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Sauté, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Keep Warm, Sterilizer, Egg Maker, and Pressure Cook.
As an everyday appliance, the 3-quart capacity is large enough to feed two to three adults, but will also make single portions if, say, you live alone. Or if you're already an IP devotee, a smaller, second model could be how you prepare sides while your bigger Instant Pot makes your main. If you want to take advantage of Instant Pot's magical batch-cooking abilities, the DUO Plus 3 makes up to 12 cups of perfectly cooked rice, oatmeal, and steam-boiled eggs (one reviewer claims to have cooked 30 eggs at once!). The amount of flavor-packed bone broth you can make in minutes is more than enough to get you through several soup or stew recipes this winter.
So when considering whether to get a 3-quart vs. 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot, it's up to you to decide if you really need all of that extra capacity. If you end up deciding you need a bigger model, you can be sure we'll let you know the next time you can find the best deal!