I thought I’d do an Instant Pot review, I got it for my birthday a couple of weeks back and did an unboxing of it.
So now I’ve unboxed it and had a little try of it, I thought I’d tell you what I think.
What’s in the box?
Let’s take a look at what you get
- Instant Pot main unit
- Recipe book
- Quick reference guide
- Rice paddle
- Soup Spoon
- Measuring cup
- Steam rack
It’s a 7 in 1 power cooker which is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer and sauté. It’s fully programmable, and makes for faster and healthier cooking over a conventional oven.
The Control Panel
The control panel has an LED display, 14 function keys, 2 pressure indicators, 3 mode indicators and 4 operation keys.
Included is a 30 page recipe book, which has lots of different ideas from soups to main course and dessert. There is also many Instant Pot recipe books available to buy, and a whole Facebook community dedicated to it.
I bought it for a few reasons, I wanted a pressure cooker but also wanted a slow cooker that was bigger than the one I had, which the Instant Pot is. A big plus for me is that once the timer is finished, it won’t automatically turn off, it will go into keep warm mode. This will keep the food warm for up to 10 hours.
It also has a delay timer so you don’t have to start cooking straight away , you can program it to start when you want automatically.
I’ve only used it in slow cooker mode and loved using it. I usually manually brown or sear my meat before putting in the slow cooker, but have since found out using the sauté function does more or less the same thing.
I cooked a lamb stew something I’ve not made before. The slow cooker has 3 cooking modes: normal, more and less, which will be the same as medium , high and low on a conventional slow cooker.
Also included in the recipe book is a cooking timetable, which will come in very handy as I always feel a bit unsure on how long things will need to cook. It’s broken into sections:
- Seafood and fish
- Rice and grains
- Dried beans, Legumes and Lentils
- Meat (poultry, beef, pork and lamb)
- Fresh or frozen vegetables
So my first impressions are that I will use this on a regular basis, sometimes with kitchen tech and gadgets it’s a bit hit and miss. This was so easy to learn to use and I honestly didn’t think it would be.
A definite thumbs up from me, and I hope to share some of the Instant Pot dinners with you.
See you soon