Are you the same person who uses internet to see some recipes and then goes on to create some magic in your own kitchen? Well, we all know how internet creates and breeds the chefs in every household.
Now, being a chef, you should not be completely satisfied the recipe you see. What you also require are the perfect utensils which cater to your magic! (This pun was definitely intended.)
Here’s our review of this new age tech enabled- Instant Pot
Well, as the name suggests- “instant” & “pot”- Instant Pot is a multi-functional pressure cooker at your disposal and to get rid of several worries that come with a normal pressure cooker.
Unlike your normal/old pressure cooker, Instant Pot has features which make it a rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer (veggies and more), saute pan, hard-boiled egg maker & slow cooker/crock pot.
This is the most economical product of the company. If budget is your main concern and you are looking for something of greatest quality yet lower price, then Lux is the right choice for you. You can call it 6 in 1 model which does the pressure cooking, browning, sautéing, slow cooking, warming, and rice cooking. However, the Lux model does not make yogurt because it is not compatible with the app for iPhone and Android devices.
The Instant Pot Duo comes with 7 functionalities and 14 smart programs with yogurt making as an option. This model has received more than 20,000 positive reviews and is a hot-selling item.
Duo Plus instant pot saves the previous timings and pressure settings that you once made. Also, another great feature is a sterilize possibility which may perhaps be used for cleaning feeders.
This electric pressure cooker cooks food up to 70% faster, with the press of a button. It can be a slow cooker, egg cooker, rice cooker, sterilizer, warm, sauté, pressure cooker as well as a yogurt and cake maker.
Moreover, it is UL Certified and comes with extra cooking accessories like a soup spoon, measuring cup, steam rack with handles, serving spoon as well as recipe booklet.
Takes time to get used to it
This is the latest 3rd generation tech with an embedded microprocessor that monitors its temperature and pressure, adjusts its heating intensity and duration as well as keeps time during cooking. All its food contact areas are food grade 304, 18/8 stainless steel.
In addition, it comes with cooking accessories that maximize its performance. They include a steam rack with handles, measuring cup, soupspoon, and a serving spoon. It also comes with 11 safety features.
Instructions are complicated
This Smart WiFi enabled InstaPot comes with a large LCD display which has 5 icons to see the status of – WiFi, heating, pressure cooker, keep warm and sound ON/OFF. This 6-quart Bluetooth enabled model can easily be synced with your iPhone using the Instant Pot Smart Cooker app to smoothen the process of programming your favourite recipes and also to monitor your cooking. The app comes with advanced functions and provides you with the ability to control different settings.
It also has WiFi Connectivity, so win-win!
This latest edition in the instant pot range not only cooks food faster but you can now do home pressure canning. It comes with a large touch screen that makes programming seamless so you can set time, temperature, pressure level, delay start and warm.
It also has a “NutriBoost” technology which works by creating a boiling motion during pressure cook to break down food, adding nutrition, flavor, and taste to soups and bone broth.
It is UL certified with 13 Safety features, new automated venting and lid-lock and an accurate temperature control within +/- 1°C or 1.8 °F allows for sous vide cooking.
Forgetting the Inner Pot
Often, people tend to fill the pot with all the ingredients and just completely forget about the inner pot. This causes a damaged instapot and no food. These mistakes are easily avoided by always keeping the inner pot in line with the pot itself.
Careless usage of the Seal
Because instant pots use pressure and steam to cook food, it is important to seal the air before beginning with anything. If the rubber ring on the inside of the lid is not secured properly, the whole steam will run out causing your dinner to turn out raw. It is better to be sure to secure the rubber ring in the lid before you begin with the cooking.
Inadequate Pressure Build up
The instapot works better than ovens, cookers and stoves only when you let the pressure build up on its inside, on its own pace. Since most of us are in a hurry, we tend to consider prep-time as the total time for preparing the dish and this is where we disturb the pressure build up. Always add in an extra 10-15 minutes in the stated prep time, for in this time the pressure will build up and then the cooking process will begin.
Filling it to the Brim
During the cooking process, ingredients tend to expand, especially when it involves pressure cooking. Inside the pot, there will be a maximum line marked, to let you know about the pot’s limit. The line should never be crossed. In fact, always keep the ingredients lower than that line, even during slow cooking. Ideally, filling only half of the pot will give your ingredients and steam that much needed space.
Moving in SLOW
The key to great cooking is in being attentive. Even when you are using intelligent gadgets like the instant pot in the kitchen, you need to be alert and keep taking actions. One of the biggest mistake that everyone is guilty of making, especially the newbies is not opening the value quickly. While taking the “Quick Release” action, most of us don’t revolve the valve quick enough and tend to over-cook food. The difference between perfectly tender vegetables and soggy ones lies in how quick you were in venting the steam.
The most confusing feature on the instant pot is the Timer button. It does not have to Inception (I know you saw it twice to understand). So while most of us set the timer and expect the instant pot to start running and cooking, it is however meant for the complete opposite purpose. Timer usually causes a delay in the cooking process, depending on the time you set on it. It can be applied on any program and will start the program after the set time has passed.
To add or not to add enough liquid
Once you get used to it, then only you can solve this puzzle. There has to be enough liquid for your instant pot to generate steam so that your food does not remain under-cooked. If there is too much liquid, it will take more time for the instant pot to cook and chances are that you will ruin your dish. To deal with this, always start with leaving in one cup of liquid and increasing the amount only if it’s needed. But this is something that one learns over time and use.
Do let us know in the comments section which one do you plan on buying.