I’ve always wanted to own a pressure cooker since I used one overseas on an overland trip through Asia. Thankfully I found the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker and it does much more than just one thing. If you’ve ever watched Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” you’ll know that every kitchen gadget needs to multitask, so 7 in 1 is going above and beyond really! I’m not sure after a couple of months of owning the Instant Pot I could tell you more than 3 things it does, but after using it for a while I’m excited to learn more about it. So far I’ve made about 4 or 5 recipes from the cook book and made a few batches of chicken stock and rice.
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Introduction
The main selling point of the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker for me is the ability to use it as a slow cooker and a pressure cooker (the cute feature is nice too). You don’t have to own 2 separate units, and that means it will remain in the rotation much more often, and in my house that saves it from collecting dust in the basement. The winter time is the best time of year to really get into using this cooker as it makes incredible stews and soups, which are all you really want to eat when you’re buried under 24″ of snow. Although don’t rule out the summer benefits of the machine too, it makes a damn fine pulled pork for summer BBQ’s and it’s rice cooking feature comes into play year round. Don’t get me wrong though I definitely eat beef stew in August!
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Features
Alton Brown definitely knows a thing or two about how to get around a kitchen, so when he tells you to never buy a kitchen gadget that only does one single task, I think you should listen. So how about these 7 – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. Is that enough? I still haven’t used them all, but thats got nothing to do with it. I could make an 8 Litre pot of yogurt anytime I wanted!
The machine is pretty darn smart. It has lots of buttons and a little LED display. You can read the manual and find out what it all means and does, but the fact that its not just a couple of dials and an “On/Off” switch means this machine is brighter than my toaster oven. There are a ton of options and features in this control panel. They seem to revolve around cooking time, cooking pressure and cooking heat. I more often than not seem to set the pressure cooker to manual and decide how many minutes to cook it. I’m still learning how many minutes that should be and often just revert to the manual that comes with the machine thats loaded with recipes and cooking tips.
Removable Stainless Steel Cooking Pot
It’s not a very exciting feature, it’s not going to be the thing that you can’t wait to tell your mum about. But it could be the best feature of them all. Imagine if that pot wasn’t so easily removable! It’s lightweight and easy to clean too!
Using the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker
I have to admit that I’m surprised how much I use this thing. It seems to always be plugged in and chugging away. I’ve made soups, stews, pasta, rice and loads and loads of chicken stock with it. It’s saved me a few times at dinner when I don’t have anything planned and I can just crank out a quick one pot meal with this machine. I also feed my delicate little Boston Terrier a purist rice and ground beef concoction. this machine makes that easily and doesn’t need much monitoring. I used to stand over a huge pot of rice and beef, stirring continuously, this machine has given me that time back. It lives on top of my fridge and comes down easily almost every night.
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Pros
- So many features for one machine. Great multitasker
- Relatively small unit
- Quick learning curve
- Easy to clean
- Smart interface
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Cons
- Price is higher than most pressure cookers
- User interface can be confusing
- Perhaps more features than needed (is this really a con?)
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker Conclusion
If you’re looking for more than just a pressure cooker, or more than just a slow cooker, or both, or a yogurt maker, or a rice cooker… well you get the idea. This amazing little machine does so many things in your kitchen it’s hard to know how you’d live without one. Although I guess a pot with a lid does quite a lot too! For the tech savvy home kitchen cook who wants a new to that will encourage you to cook, and often cook quickly, this is a great choice. It won’t ever bring me back to the Mongolian grasslands with my truck of fellow travelers backpacking across Asia, but making to occasional chicken curry is much easier than back then!