Have you ever wondered what are the advantages of pressure cookers? Many people refer to modern electric pressure cookers as Instant Pots (Instant Pot is one brand of electric pressure cooker). We have compiled some research so you can learn more about Instant Pots and decide if you want to have one in your kitchen! (spoiler alert – we think you should have one!)
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This article has been contributed to Dizzy Busy and Hungry by Maria Rhodes. Thank you, Maria, for all the great information!
An Instant Pot is a multi-functional kitchen appliance which can be used as pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and has many other features.
It seems as though this small kitchen appliance can do magic! Yes, this is true. Isn’t it almost magical that one single kitchen appliance provides for so many uses? From steamed rice to sauteed vegetables to some yummy meat curry, this single appliance can cook almost anything. Even cooking dessert items like cake or sweet yogurt is possible! So, let’s get started to know more about this incredible appliance’s super powers.
(Side note from DBH: You can also get many accessories to make your Instant Pot even more powerful! There are steamer baskets (perfect for veggies!), springform pans (can you say CHEESECAKE?? yum), egg racks (cook up to 14 eggs in just a few minutes!), and so much more!)
The Instant Pot was designed by Canadian technology with the aim to create an expedient, reliable and safe kitchen appliance. The Instant Pot is an advanced programmable pressure cooker with multi-functional properties which are way far beyond pressure cooking.
Some interesting features of an Instant Pot are as follows:
Faster time: It helps to cook food up to 70% more quickly than an oven or stove top.
Easy control: It has single touch control system.
Smart technology: Its smart feature allows it to remember your settings.
Stainless steel: Its cooking pot is made with stainless steel and therefore has no chemical varnish.
Pressure cooking, rice cooking, steaming, heating, slow cooking, browning and yogurt making are the basic features present in all Instant Pot models. Some models include advanced features such as making cakes, boiling eggs, or even sterilizing. Many Instant Pots have incorporated cake molds, and also spring form pans.
Instant Pots come with different sizes and varied types of models. Each model features different functions, focused according to your needs. The Instant Pots have integrated timers and heat levels ranging from low, medium, high, or keeping food warm.
Types of Instant Pots
Different models of Instant Pots include:
- Instant Pot Max
- Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 series
- Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 series
- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 series
- Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 series
- Instant Pot Nova Plus
- Instant Pot Viva
- Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth
- Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi
You can find great reviews of above-mentioned models on BestKitchenBuy.com
Some fabulous features of Instant Pots
Instant Pots come with some unique amazing features that will blow your mind. Its high-power capacity allows it to defrost frozen meat before you cook it, making things much easier for you. Therefore, you don’t need to go through the hassle of manually defrosting the meat. It allows you to cook tough meat with lesser time period, making the meat tender, juicy and appetizing.
You can also enjoy your favorite baked potatoes in shorter time period. You can even enjoy the perfect steamed rice which is neither under-cooked nor burnt or over-cooked. You can cook anything in this single vessel, and thus it saves your valuable time and even your kitchen space.
The pressure lets heat to be evenly dispersed while in the process of cooking and any micro-organisms left in food are instantly killed due to its high temperature. The flavors are perfectly retained in the food. Thus, you get a healthy, hygienic, and flavorful meal to enjoy. Moreover, due to its high temperature property, the Instant Pot can also be used as a sterilizer to kill harmful germs, as you can sterilize kitchen tools in it.
Safety Measures of Instant Pots
Safety issues about using Instant Pots may strike your mind as you are quite familiar with various news regarding pressure cooker explosion and all. Now let me assure you of the fact that Instant Pots are perfectly safe, unlike the traditional pressure cookers of earlier times.
Instant Pots are specifically designed with incorporated safety measurements to ensure your safety. The automated lock and seal system of the lid ensures nobody can open the lid of the Instant Pot unless all the pressure has been dissipated. Its anti-blockage system ensures that no food element blocks the steam which needs to be freed while in the process of cooking. Moreover, its automated temperature control system maintains the exact temperature needed for the food and keeps the vessel’s temperature within a safe range.
When you are done with cooking, it’s up to you if you want to automatically or manually release the pressure from its inside. Both the options are safe, depending on the nature of food you’re cooking. For suppose, if you’re cooking subtle food like fish or vegetables, it is better to release the pressure manually as these items require lesser cooking time.
Hopefully all that information helps you to better understand all the different things you can do with an Instant Pot. Thank you, Maria, for doing all that research and compiling it here for us!
Looking for some specific recipes you can make?
Check out this post where I list 12 Instant Pot One Pot Recipes. Yes, you can make a whole meal right in your Instant Pot. So no huge pile of dishes to wash after the meal is over! Woohoo!
I also have Instant Pot instructions for cooking spaghetti squash, in this recipe post for how to make a Healthier Spaghetti dinner.
For even more tips, check out also this article on 10 Magical Ways to Use Your Instant Pot.
You can even cook frozen ground beef without thawing! I love the idea of that! Read this article on How To Cook Frozen Ground Beef In The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to find out how.
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