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  • seaturtle
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    Thanks, Sylvia, for your review. I cook a lot of stews in the winter, so I may have to take a look at these. What brand are you using?

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  • Sylvia H
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    The Instant Pot is definitely not an infomercial product - but I can see how the name would cause you to think so. I bought mine several months ago, because I wanted a second crock pot. Little did I know how enamored I would be with the pressure cooker feature. I regularly cook dried beans. I like to soak them first, although with the pressure cooker, I am told that the presoaking is not necessary. Yesterday, I cooked a pound of soaked navy beans in less than 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. I don't know the exact time, as I wasn't timing it. It was only 8 minutes at the high pressure level, but you have to add on the time to get to that level, and then the time for the natural pressure release. If I had done this on the stove, it would have definitely needed 2 hours, or more.

    The next thing I am going to make is steel cut oatmeal. The regular and quick cook oatmeals shouldn't be cooked in a pressure cooker, but steel cut is okay.

    I have read that the electric pressure cookers are not good for canning, because the amount of pressure is less than needed. Those that go on the stovetop have a higher pressure level.

    I am thrilled that I can prepare some of my favorite dishes in less time - and with using less electricity as well!

    The Instant Pot has setting for rice, yogurt, and also can be used as a slow cooker. Amazon has frequent sales on the 6 quart model. I would LOVE to have the 8 quart model, but it doesn't go on sale, and I can't justify the cost - yet!

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  • Sharyn J
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    Carolyn, I have the Instant Pot and I love it! I've been using a stove-top pressure cooker for over 40 yrs and decided it was time to keep up with today's technology, therefore my purchase of the Instant Pot.

    We like stews, soups and I make a lot of chicken and/or beef enchiladas and this pot is really great. You can try the videos for the Instant Pot to get a handle on the process and techniques. http://instantpot.com/

    I also got the book of Bob Warden's "Great Food Fast." I like this book because it calls for ingredients that are normally in your kitchen/pantry..........no weird indgredients that I can't or won't find, just normal stuff. If you go to Amazon, you can peek into the book and see some of the recipes.

    I've made rice, soup, stewed beef or chicken, saute feature, baked potatoes, steamed veggies, etc. So far, everything has been quick, easy, and tastes good. I wish they would have had a pot like this when I was young! ........Oh, so many years ago! LOL

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  • Carolyn
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    The three lb. boneless turkey breast took thirty-two minutes to cook. The smell was only noticeable around the fryer and not all over the house. My dog did know it was cooking, he was waiting at the bottom of the stairway. I think it will do just what I wanted.

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  • bakermom
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    I just bought one of the pressure cookers to replace the larger stove top one I used for years. So far I really like it, mainly because you don't have to monitor it like you do a stovetop one. I've made roasts, stuffed peppers and chicken. Next I want to try stroganoff.

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  • Patsquilting
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    Good Morning: I don't have this brand, I have the PowerCooker XL. I've had it for over 2 years. What I like about it, is that it is a pressure cooker, steamer, crock pot, etc. I had a pressure cooker to use on the stove - my mom used them, etc. I love this electric one as it has safety measures. It can also be used to can goods. Granted, you can only do a few jars at a time, but that's usually all I do. Many times I will take meat out of the freezer and put directly in pot - use the pressure cooker mode to start to get it cooking and thawing - then, put it on the crock pot mode for the rest of the day. Meat comes out really tender. I, too, can be very skeptical when it comes to new items, but this is one item I really like.

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  • Navy Wife
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    I've used a pressure cooker for years, and on an electric stove. Cooks meatballs in 10 minutes, roasts in 45 min. I'm sure this new pot will work well for any one who doesn't like to cook! Like me!!

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  • grammaterry
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    My daughters have instapots and they are making cheesecakes in minutes that are "good" and I'm a critic. They are using it to make stuff I wouldn't have thought about in a pressure cooker and I own several pressure cookers. I don't think I need one with just DH and myself, but for a family and working mother...it appears to be a wonderful gadget

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  • Carolyn
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    No television here, haven't had any for many years. Several ladies at my quilt club recommended both of these. The Instant Pot is electric and eliminates the problems of using one on a stove. Also as arthritis sets in handling a regular pressure cooker becomes even more dangerous. I am a vegetarian also and prepare legumes and rice frequently, thus my reason for purchasing one. The air fryer was for preparing fries and things my grandson likes but I have a problem with him eating so much fat. In addition to these I have a dog who is allergic to every kind of meat except turkey and salmon. I hate the smell of these in the house. Yes, a vegetarian that cooks for a dog! My fellow quilting buddies assure me the odors are much less using the air fryer. Hope they are right. Today I am trying a 3LB turkey breast for Denver. I will let you know how it goes.

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  • buckeyequilter
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    I have the Air Fryer, have had it for awhile. Love it...no tips because it's so easy to use.

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  • TMP
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    Don't you use a pressure cooker to can ? ( something I wish I knew how to do) . I have seen the air fryers in Bed and Bath and wondered if they worked. I don't know what an instant pot is.

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  • kaydee
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    Lorie, it's not really like a crock pot. A crock pot is a slow cooker. A pressure cooker cooks and tenderizes quickly. Like in 20 minutes, as opposed to 6 hours.

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  • MaryUK
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    I have a Prestige pressure cooker which I use for my vegetables. It cooks everything a treat and it's only 1 pot to wash and takes only about 5 minutes to cook the veg!!! We have airfryers here - you only use a minute drop of oil - much healthier than a deep fat fryer. I don't have one becos DH would want chips(fries) every day!!

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  • Hulamoon
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    I got through this video on the Instant Pot. It looks to me like an elevated Crock pot.I'm 95% vegetarian so I have no use for it. But if you cook a lot of stews it seems like a good product.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObZXyc2pyao

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  • kaydee
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    Since when is a pressure cooker "informercial stuff"?

    My grandmother had a pressure cooker, my mother had one, and my MIL had one.

    Stove top pressure cookers do not work well on electric ranges b/c the heat isn't constant. Traditional pressure cookers are designed and recommended only for gas ranges. The Instant Pot allows those of us with electric ranges the option to have a pressure cooker.

    I've never watched one infomercial on the Instant Pot or anything else.

    Also, I researched the air fryer. I don't want one, but I can see the advantage if you like to cook "crispy" foods without all the oil required by a deep fryer.

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