A Revolutionary Kitchen Appliance
The Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 programmable electric pressure cooker which has revolutionised the cooking process for myself and many others.
Cooking is something I have struggled with over the years. I used to get overwhelmed and distracted and end up incinerating perfectly good food, but I am pleased to report that there have been no kitchen mishaps since purchasing the revolutionary Instant Pot in early 2015, which I have since used every day.
I first discovered the Instant Pot Duo on Amazon. Its glowing reviews had me intrigued. What could be so good about a kitchen appliance? I had to see what all of the fuss was about, and when I began reading about its ten proven safety features I was sold, and while yes, there may be other much cooler functions to talk about this was the most important one (or ten) for me.
Having that safety net has done wonders for my confidence in the kitchen. It has allowed me to be more independent, try things that I normally wouldn’t, and make delicious, nutritious meals that the whole family enjoy, which is more challenging than ever with a curious child charging around the house.
I love the convenience of being able to programme how long you want to cook something, leave the device to work its magic and when it has finished it automatically switches to the ‘Keep Warm’ function. If I can’t get straight into the kitchen for whatever reason, I know that my food is still ready to serve and my kitchen isn’t on fire. What more could you want?
What else does it do?
Functions and Features:
- Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer.
- 14 built-in programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurise and Fermenting).
- A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you serve it for up to 10 hours.
- Generates almost no noise and leaks no steam.
- Easy to clean.
- It will cook the best cheesecake you’ve ever had in your life.
- If a dish has too much liquid, switch to sauté with the lid off, and it will thicken up nicely in no time.
- Use hot water or stock to help reduce the time it takes to get to pressure.
- Invest in the glass lid for slow cooking, a steamer basket for vegetables and an additional sealing ring for desserts and yoghurt.
Tempered Glass Lid – Perfect for slow cooking and using the ‘Keep Warm’ setting.
Extra Stainless Steel Inner Pot – Useful for bulk cooking and storing.
Silicone Cover – Creates an air tight and water tight seal so you can store contents of the inner pot in the refrigerator.
Replacement Sealing Ring – Smells can permeate the silicone ring, so it’s important to have an extra when making desserts, yoghurt or other easily tainted food.
Sterilising Rack and Yogurt Set – Kills bacteria not destroyed at 100c in a steam steriliser. Perfect size for individual yoghurt servings.
Kuhn Rikon Trio Steamer – Makes vegetable preparation for roast dinners quick and easy.
Ideal For: Anyone who likes good food, busy parents and people who would usually struggle to cook. I think it could have a place in most households.
If you have had any doubts about purchasing an Instant Pot, then I hope this has helped you decide. As you can tell, I adore mine. I bought one for my mum on her birthday, and she too wonders how she lived without it for so long. She binned her old crockpot and rice cooker and hadn’t looked back. We’re gradually converting the whole family.
If you are already an IP user, I’d love to hear from you. What are your favourite recipes? Any tips?