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Is Instant pot really worth the hype?

Instant pot is a cooking gadget that has gained quite the popularity in a very short span of time, specially around this past Black Friday. Rumor has it Kohl’s hit record sales by selling 60 instant pots per minute. How crazy is that?

I know a lot of you are getting Instant pot for Christmas or bought it as a Christmas present for your friends & family, so the Question is, Is Instant pot really worth all this hype?

Shams and I both work full time and barely have any time to cook during the week. My work schedule allows me to cook for the week on Mondays and I usually spend 2-3 hours preparing a couple of dishes so we don’t get bored eating the same thing every day. You probably are thinking that’s not healthy and you are absolutely right. I had been feeling guilty too just before I heard about this magical gadget called Instant pot that claims to cut your cooking time in half or even less by cooking your food under high pressure. I was obviously tempted to try it out. We have a small kitchen and Shams being the minimalist and a cleanliness freak he is doesn’t like extra stuff sitting on our counter space.

After going back and forth I finally decided to bite the bullet and ordered it from Amazon. I was surprised to find it in my mail the very next evening and decided to try it out that very night. Shams and I are both big on vegetarian food so my first attempt at it was to make a simple Potato curry. We are originally from Pakistan so curry is in our blood and literally our bread and butter.

I googled a couple of recipes and got super excited reading that it only requires the food to be cooked under pressure for 4 minutes. That was my biggest mistake getting into this with the expectation. The recipes don’t account for the time it takes for the pressure to build up or the amount of time it takes if you do a natural release. Now let’s get to the Pros and Cons

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Pros:

  • Great for one pot cooking and keeps your kitchen relatively clean (We love making Mac and cheese)
  • Easy to use, easy to clean
  • Comes in a variety of sizes for all family needs. We use the 3 Quart for the two of us, its available in 6Quart and 8Quart as well.
  • Cooks meat tender and moist in the fraction of time
  • Keeps food warm after cooking
  • Great for beans, lentils and chickpeas and even broth
  • Uses less energy and turns off on its own when done, 
  • You dont have to babysit it
  • The inside pot is dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • It takes a good amount of time for the pot to come to pressure before it starts the timer so the time is not accounted for in the recipes you see online.
  • It also doesnt account for the time it takes to do a Natural release. Can take from 10 to 25 minutes
  • Quick release can get messy
  • Not great for Indian/Pakistani cooking, sorry ladies I tried at least 10 different recipes and it probably takes me longer to cook it in the Instant pot except for lentils and bean curry.
  • If you enjoy the cooking process, this isnt for you. This is more of a dump everything and let it cook kind of a device
  • Cooking vegetables can be a little tricky.

In the end, do I recommend the Instant Pot? It really depends on what you want to do with it. I love my Instant pot and continue to use it for every meal of ours. 

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9 thoughts on “Is Instant pot really worth the hype?

  1. I’m glad I found this. I keep trying to convince myself I need one because everyone on Instagram and Pinterest have one lol. But… I don’t like when recipes don’t include the full amount of time it takes to make (like the amount of time it takes to come to pressure), because I tend to base the amount of time I allot to a recipe on their recommended amount of time. Kinda like how recipes that involve chicken usually require cooked chicken, which is an additional hour! So, I might get frustrated with that and the Instant Pot lol.

  2. I LOVE my pressure cooker! I don’t use it for everything, but it definitely has it’s place in my kitchen. You make some valid points about the cooking time/coming to pressure. I always add that in myself when looking at pressure cooker recipes online.

  3. Super informative! I have been debating a purchase for a while now, but the aspects of a pressure cooker are pretty exciting–especially for a busy mama! I might need to add this to my Christmas list 😉

  4. I have been using the Instant Pot since last month. It has been taking longer time to cook some recipes. I am always going back to using cooker always. Will be looking forward to your instant pot recipes.

    1. Great question! I had the same concern but happy to find out that food doesnt lose any nutrional value as its cooked under pressure in a shorter amount of time

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