instant pot pressure cooker

I know what a lot of people might be thinking about a product like the Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker. Jack of all trades, master of none. That’s why I decided to take a closer look at it to find out the real deal – and I’m glad I did! Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt Maker & Warmer. Imagine taking this thing to the cottage. What a space saver!

As usual, I’ve tracked down the best deal on the Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multi Function Cooker that’s available online today. Click here to get this particular price at Amazon where they have the kind of buying power that other online retailers just can’t match. I’ve also got a link to Target so you get a fair comparison. They have great deals, too. Scroll down and see my full report on this versatile unit below.

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Mariano’s Report On The Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker

 

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Instant Pot has crammed a tremendous amount of uses into a single product. Pressure cooker, Slow cooker, Rice Cooker/Porridge Maker, Steamer, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt Maker & Warmer. It scores high with people in almost every category with the notable exception of rice cooker. Some people have found the rice tends to stick to the stainless steel. It’s an issue that can be managed by adding some oil in the cooking process, but not everyone wants to do that. In my opinion it’s a small price to pay. Add to that the saute feature and the Instant Pot immediately gives you options a standard slow cooker can’t. That’s a real plus.

Here’s a video that demo’s the pressure cooking function. It’s a quick look at one of the more popular features and gives you an idea of the simplicity of use.

 

This next vid is a much more comprehensive and detailed overview from the manufacturer. I suggest you keep scrolling down and check out my full report first to get a quick sense of the product. Then watch this video if you still want more.

Functionality

The display is simple and easy to read. The presets will either work as programmed or can be adjusted at the push of a button. There are two settings for pressure cooking – high and low. The high setting hughly reduces cooking times while the low setting helps prevent overcooking delicate items. 3 different saute and slow cook temperatures cover a range of applications. On the slow cooker setting you can adjust the cook time from 30 minutes up to 20 hours.

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A nice feature for those who want to delay the cooking start is also a feature. You can set the delay timer up to 24 hours ahead. There are 2 different keep-warm setting – manual and automatic. The automaic switches on when a cook time is complete and stays on for up to 10 hours. If you do it manually, you can keep-warm up to 99 hours and 50 minutes!

Quality

Like almost everything these days, it’s manufactured in China, but the company is located in Ottawa, Canada. The cooking pot is made of Food Grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel (that’s good) with a 3-ply bottom for even heat retention and distribution. The lid fits snugly and locks tight for pressure cooking.

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Preset Programs

For ease of use, the Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker has 14 different microprocessor controlled programs. You can choose from: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang).

 

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Capacity

The Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker comes in both 6 and 5 quart sizes. It’s a round pot, so certain shapes of roast or bird won’t fit as nicely as the oval shape you’ll find some other slow cookers allow. I really think 6 quarts is the way to go as I’d rather have the option to make a little more. Hey, I get hungry!

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Clean Up

The pot is stainless steel, comes out with ease and is dishwasher safe. If you’ve browned your food and have fond (the delicious brown stuff that forms on the bottom of a pot or pan during the browning process) left over, I saw a novel idea for cleaning. Turn it to saute and add a little wine and/or stock or water. Deglaze and you’ve got a nice sauce to go with your meal instead of washing it away and losing that tasty goodness.

Safety

Pressure cookers have come a long way since the exploding messes that hurt the technique’s reputation in the 1970’s. The Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker has 10 separate safety mechanisms and is both UL and ULC certified.

Tech Specs

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Below are the specs for both the 6quart and 5 quart versions (IP-DUO60 and IP-DUO50 respectively).

Working pressure: High 10.2 ~ 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa); Low 5.8 ~7.2 psi (40 ~ 50kpa)
Steam release pressure limit: 15.22psi (105kPa)
Working temperature: 115°C ~ 118°C (239°F ~ 244°F) at high pressure setting; 110°C ~ 112°C (229 ~ 233°F) at low pressure setting.
“Keep warm” function: up to 99 hours 50 minutes, 63 ~ 78°C (145 ~ 172°F);
“Slow Cook” function: 0.5 ~ 20 hours, at 88 ~ 99°C (190 ~ 210°F)
“Sauté” function: “Normal” mode: 160 ~ 176°C (320 ~ 349°F); “More” mode: 175 ~ 210°C (347 ~ 410°F); “Less” mode: 135 ~ 150°C (275 ~ 302°F).
“Yogurt” function: up to 99 hours 30 minutes. “Normal” mode for making yogurt: 36 ~ 43°C (96.8 ~ 109.4°F); “Less” mode for making Jiu Niang (fermented glutinous rice): 30 ~ 34°C (86 ~ 93.2°F); “More” for pasteurizing milk: ~83°C (~180°F).

ModelPower SupplyRated PowerVolume
IP-DUO50120V/60Hx900W5QT
IP-DUO60120V/60Hz1000W6QT
ModelCaliber of inner potWeightDimension
IP-DUO5014x22x24cm or 5.5x8.66x9.45 inch (H x Inner rim diameter x outer rim diameter)5.3kg or 11.68lb33x31x30cm or 13x12.2x11.8 inch (LxWxH)
IP-DUO6016x22x24cm or 6.3x8.66x9.45 inch6.61kg or 14.57lb33x31x32cm or 13x12.2x12.6 inch

Product Support

The Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker comes with a 1 year limited warranty that covers defects in workmanship and material. No real surprises there. Pretty standard. They do want to see a copy of your original receipt so scan and save or store it somewhere you’ll be able to find it if needed. Assuming the problem is covered under the warranty, the manufacturer will replace, repair, or help you repair the unit.

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What’s In The Box

Base unit
Stainless steel insert
Lid
Rice paddle
Soup spoon
Measuring cup
Steam rack
Condensation water collector
User manual
Recipe booklet

 

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Final Thoughts

If you bought high quality specialized pots for each of the functions The Instant Pot 7-In-1 Multifunction Cooker does, I’m sure you’d find they outperformed it in their specialized way – but you’d have 7 different units cluttering your kitchen. If space is an issue, this is a solid solution. On top of that, it’s pretty easy to use. As a plus, along with the manual and quick reference guide, there’s a pressure cooking booklet that includes cooking time tables, too.

Mariano Says
At this price point, it’s hard not to see the value – Mariano

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Amazon Price: $99.99 $99.00 You save: $0.99 (1%) (as of March 25, 2017 8:24 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
FREE SHIPPING! With so much functionality, this versatile cooker opens up a world of easy and delicious cooking.

Rating: 
Amazon Price: $145.95 $94.95 You save: $51.00 (35%) (as of March 24, 2017 11:07 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Slightly smaller but with all the functionality. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

US FlagHot DealGreat Food Fast (Best of the Best Presents) Bob Warden’s Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

If you want to know more about Instant Pot, just click the links below:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_cooking
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/25/dining/how-to-make-yogurt-tips.html
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/instant-pot-smart-cooker-recipes/id922024970?mt=8