It seems like everywhere I turn lately, someone is raving about the Instant Pot. “Made dinner in 15 minutes flat!” “Best chicken I’ve ever had!” “It even makes pasta!” Facebook, the news, my friends — people are hooked, and I’m intrigued.
I’m a slow cooker gal myself. I love that with a few minutes of prep and a handful of ingredients, I can get dinner going before I leave for work. Just set it and forget it — you literally come home and dinner is waiting.
But the Instant Pot claims to do things better than the Crock-Pot. Let’s go over some of these, shall we?
Dinners made fast
While the Crock Pot is easy, it certainly isn’t fast. But in the Instant Pot? You can literally make sautéed chicken, broccoli, and potatoes in 15 minutes.
No lingering smells
I’m not a big fan of certain food smells in my house. The Instant Pot keeps strong odors — like bacon, fish, or curry — completely sealed.
Since the Crock-Pot is plugged in for hours, you use lots of energy. The Instant Pot is on and off quickly, potentially saving money on electricity.
The Instant Pot can be a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan — eliminating the need for extra appliances.
Tons of fans
Man, oh man, people are die hard about this thing. Join a Facebook group, ask a question, and you’ll get tons of help or answers — fast.
I’m impressed, albeit it a bit intimidated. It is a pressure cooker, after all. What if it explodes on me? Also, some people have even gone so far to say they don’t even use their stove anymore. And I just got a new one!
On the other hand, the Instant Pot has had a few price drops on Amazon lately. I am so tempted!
What about you? Do you have an Instant Pot? Love it or hate it?