Is The Instant Pot Worth The Hype? Here It Is tested 8 Different Ways

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Have you heard about the amazing new kitchen gadget people are going crazy over? The innovative Instant Pot is the newest thing on the market in the category of crock pots and slow cookers. The Instant Pot was designed in Canada too, and when it was first released on Amazon Prime, it sold over 200,000 units in the U.S. alone. That's just on the first day. It cost $165 for the all in one cooker that does everything from slow cooking, sautéing, steaming, stewing and it even makes yoghurt. Plus, it looks really great on your countertop in a stainless steel finish and is small enough to store away when you're not using it. So why don't people just use their crock pot? It turns out that this machine can offer a lot more than the average two or three settings and temperatures on a crock pot. This all in one cooker can make soft and hard-boiled eggs easily using the pressure cooker setting. There are so many different functions that make for easy cooking and certain things that crock pots can't do. The other thing people love about the all in one cooker is that they can get rid of a lot of their other kitchen equipment which is great for smaller spaces.

So instead of having a rice steamer, a crock pot and a pan to saute foods in, you can streamline all of your appliances into one. But some people are worried that these all in one cookers are just trendy and too hyped up. So Chatelaine magazine went to work and put certain crock pot recipes and other recipes to test out 6 of the functions of the all in one cooker. They tried making roasted chicken in both the Instant Pot and a pressure cooker. In the Instant pot browning, the chicken for the recipe actually ended up taking double the time. Plus, it needed to be cleaned after that which doesn't make for easy cooking, and you lose a lot of the flavour. It also took double the time for the sauce to thicken. It turned out that both of the recipes were really good in the end, but the pressure cooker won this round because the chicken had more flavour and took less time. Then they compared a few recipes in a slow cooker and the Instant Pot. One was a soup recipe that the Instant Pot ended up cooking better and one was a rice dish that turned out better coming from the Instant Pot too.

When making stew, the all in one cooker won because it cooked the stew faster, but they preferred the flavour of a stove-top cooked stew over the Instant Pot stew. One of the last tests they did was cooking steel cut oats in the Instant Pot and on the stove top. It only took the Instant Pot three minutes to actually cook the oats, but it takes 10 minutes for the pressure to build up in the machine and then 10 minutes to stay warm, so it takes more like 23 minutes to cook the oats, but they ended out turning out better than the stove top oats. So overall, if you're thinking about getting an all in one cooker and you don't already have a crock pot, you would be smart to get one. But don't get rid of all your pots and pans though. There are some things that are just better on the stove top. Check for sales on the Instant Pot in stores near you or order one online and have it delivered right to you.***

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