July 19, 2010
August 10, 2010
We have two of the Instant Pots. I bought the 6 qt DUO on Amazon Prime day last July and the 8 qt Duo a month or so ago. So yes, you could say I’ve found them useful. They are an electric pressure cooker. I don’t use them for slow cooking, I don’t like most slow cooker meals; some like the feature, others not so much. There’s a huge Facebook group.
Since we live at altitude, one of my main reasons for buying one was cooking dry beans, since our old stove top ones needed new gaskets. Little did I know how handy they would be for steel cut oats, cheesecake (!), hard cooked eggs, and even yogurt. (I swore I wasn’t going to make it again all these years after doing so as a poor college student, but I am.)
Most of our camping is dry camping, so I doubt we’ll take one of the IPs often. However, one of our trips with power should be in prime fresh corn season, near Durango, so even higher than at home in ABQ. We cooked corn on the cob in the IP last year and it was great.
September 9, 2015
One of the biggest things with the IP is to realize that it is an electric pressure cooker, not a microwave. Cooking time is fast, but there is still time needed to reach pressure and reduce pressure. (For some foods you release the pressure immediately, some let it naturally release, others a combination of those.)
For instance, it takes me almost 3 hours to make posole (sort of pork stew with hominy/nixtamel) with the Instant Pot – that’s still a great improvement over 5-6 hours, and with less pot watching.