Top positive review
Wow!! What a cooking game changer!
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
I think there are a lot of mixed/negative reviews on early failure of the equipment due to improper use of the cooker.
It is so important to carefully examine the whole device BEFORE using. READ the WHOLE instruction book. (it is mostly pictures) There is important instruction on the pressurizing/depressurizing mechanism.
Pictured is my very FIRST recipe made from leftover turkey, white rice, celery, carrots, and onions. What a fantastic way to warm up during a cold day and make use of leftovers!! It was absolutely delicious.
The ability to cook a meal that would otherwise take hours but instead takes just an hour or less is great if you want to meal prep, last minute get togethers, are busy/working, etc. The six quart is good for three-four adults. There is a fill limit for the pressure cooker setting. Its versatility is unmatched.
I have no complaints - if there were one, it would be portability. The device is a high-tech equipment, so I don't think it would travel well like a standard crockpot/slow cooker. I'm sure it has sensors and the steam doesn't seem safe to travel under high pressure unless you release it prior to transport. Plus the lid is completely detachable - God forbid you misplace it or someone drops it.
Otherwise this is an excellent, quiet, efficient, healthy, economical, and technologically savvy way to prepare homemade meals FAST.
1. to avoid burning your finger with hot steam, take a chopstick and move the vent tab instead. Do not just switch the tab all the way, because the rush of steam is fairly violent. Plus if you have low ceilings you'll have a problem eventually. Practice adjusting the vent button so you can push it halfway to depressurize a little at a time.
2. Do not add things that expand all the way to the fill line like rice, pasta, beans. Underfill by at least half.
3. Buy this: Better Than Bouillion. It will season your water with beautiful broth flavorings evenly! Better than buying stock. (if you make your own, nothing better than the instant pot!)
4. Always cook with kosher salt or sea salt - it has complete solubility so it will evenly season your food unlike iodized table salt.