To begin with, every cooking style involves some prep work.
For those styles, we require appliances such as pressure cooker, rice cooker, pans etc. Now we all know how our grandmothers have used all or most of these appliances, but thanks to advancement in technology, now the mess has been reduced. Now you don’t really require to bring out all these pots and pans, especially if you have a InstaPot.
But what really is an instant pot? And how do you determine which one is the best for your style of cooking? Well, you don’t need to worry about it, we have got it all here.
Instant pot, commonly known as InstaPot, is basically a multi-purpose pressure cooker, that does the job of a pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and several other functions. The introduction of instant pot was based on introducing a much convenient, healthy and face paced cooking method and I must add in, it definitely yields these effects.
I heard a lot about how quick and easy the Instant Pots are, and in my personal experience, I have done a whole lot of stuff with my Instant Pot. From dried chick peas, to slow cooking a whole raw chicken, to making yogurt, Instant Pot has helped me in cooking all such items and that too with the single push of a button. This is the best investment I have ever made.
Now the name of most InstaPot looks like that of a chemical reaction, but let’s break it down for you. The Manufacturer Instant Pot, offers multi-purpose pots of different sizes and functions. The different models based on their different functions come in three ranges:
So, now that you know the basic framework, the name of this instant pot tells you its specification i.e its model (DUO, LUX, SMART), with its capacity (Quart/Litre). But before anything, let’s understand the different models and their functions, because that would help you choose the right kind of InstaPot for yourself.
All these different ranges were introduced one after the other, as a further upgrade. This means that all these pots have mutually exclusive features, while being advanced as well. First came the LUX, then the DUO and last but not the least SMART.
This was the one which was introduced for those who prefer economical cookers. Similarly, the range of features makes it a 6-in-1 pot, which can work as a pressure cooker, a slow cook, for steam, make rice, saute and keep stuff warm.
The control panel allows you to access 9 different kind of functions which include:
It also allows you to adjust setting manually. The interior of this pot is composed of stainless steel, which helps a lot when it comes to fast cooking and keeping the food warm generally. The best part about this range is the fact that it comes with adjustable modes, which means you can choose from three different saute temperature and three slow cooker temperature. It also comes with the delay timer, with which you can cook stern ingredients for up to 24 hours. However, it does not provide you with the option of yogurt making, which is now booming as the biggest consumer demand. plus, there is no option for low pressure, which means that its always going to be high. But overall, for someone who require simple usage, this InstaPot will serve them well.
This one is the most talked about model, and is a top recommendation. With most sales, this model is a success. It is a 7-in-1 cooker, which makes yogurt and comes up with the high/low pressure adjustment option as well. In it’s functionalities, you will find the option to slow cook, use electric pressure cooker option , cook rice, steam, make yogurt maker, sauté and brown and act as a warming pot. It cooks meals faster, and offers the option for a delayed programmable start time.
On it’s manual panel, you will find the following options:
With this, the option to adjust the pressure and temperature, keep the warm are also present on the panel. The slow cooker option lets you do a few chores, without constantly looking out at the pot. In short you can ‘Set and forget’. Talking about its physical features, the pot is composed of stainless steel, with some extra space on the handles which looks and unlocks the lid sufficiently.
Other than this, the electric pressure cooker cooks food at the 15 psi rate, which is considered as really good, plus, allowing you to control the pressure, which is great because different ingredients require different pressures. With the yogurt making option, you can turn the tedious 24 hour task to a mere 9 hours job. This model is available in all three mentioned sizes. The best part about this multi-purpose pot is the fact that it is smaller than the LUX model, which makes it very convenient to store and move.
This InstaPot is considered as an all-rounder because keeping in mind the needs, it covers everything from cooking to yogurt making.
Just when you thought your mobiles were the only smart device, think again because InstaPot came up with their SMART pots. As the name suggests, this kind makes use of all the internet and Bluetooth technology. Being the latest model from the manufacturer’s side, you can expect writing, downloading and uploading recipes, whilst controlling your pressure cooker’s temperature all via your android/iOS smartphone. So this is a 7-in-1 cooker, just like the DUO model, but gives you some added features as well.
Here is a list of options on control panel:
Just like the DUO model, you are provided with 3 different Saute temperatures and 3 slow cooker temperatures, and a special 3 different keep warm temperatures as well. With 2 delay times, you can delay the time and rather control it through your smartphone. The best part about such technology is that you can literally program your pot to change temperatures after specific periods. With automatic status alerts and much more, this is the next generation pot. However, it must be kept in mind that this next generation is a bit towards the pricey side, which it rightly deserves in all honesty.
This video gives you a better explanation of why you should buy an Instant Pot:
In all honesty: YES. A hundred times yes.
When it comes to cooking, the key is how the ingredients are being prepared and how the “base” is being made. That can make or break your dish. The common dilemma that surrounds InstaPot is that people confused it for something that will cook their stuff. However, instant pots usually make the base, break down ingredients and do 90% of the whole cooking task. The actual cooking, which involves use of spices, mixing and a whole lot of fixing, is done by the person itself. But that does not mean that it’s just a waste of money. With a InstaPot, you can expect:
Now that we are clear on what an instant pot is, and how it will change your life, the next question is which model suits you the best. As per my experience, with all due respect to all other models and ranges, the InstaPot that has worked well and easily for me, especially the Instant Pot IP-DUO60, is the best out there.
In my case, this size of Instant Pot DUO series has allowed me to experiment with many versatile and advanced cooking techniques such as bain marie, triplex cooking and steaming. Plus, most recipes that you will come across in cookbooks and online use this 6L size of InstaPot. In fact most tutorials found on YouTube feature this exact same instapot in their videos.
But in case you feel that your needs are beyond the scope of this model, the best way to categorize and know which model will suit best for you, is to refer to the three main models as discussed above and search for the best one in that category.