Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Yet Another Trendy Kitchen Appliance

When I saw it at Christmas on my husband's stepsister's counter, I knew I had to have one. This device...



...is the kitchen appliance of 2016. People are going bat-poop crazy over it, no lie. There are entire Facebook groups where every post has you thinking, "These people are a little too excited about making dinner."



What is it? It's a rice cooker. It's a slow cooker. It's a pressure cooker that doesn't blow up and spew food all over your kitchen. That last part means you can make an entire pot roast in about 40 minutes or so.



That's 40 minutes of pressure cooking. That doesn't include the 20 minutes it takes to come to pressure. They don't tell you that when they're telling you that you can make an entire pot roast in 40 minutes.



Still, my slow cooker was kind of scratched up and I was planning to replace it. So I bought this one and figured it could be my slow cooker and rice cooker. And I might try out this pressure cooking thing.



The slow cooker part kinda sucks. Instant Pot freaks say that doesn't matter because who needs a slow cooker? Just pressure cook whatever you want. But I still like some things slow cooked. 



Then I made taco soup...in, like, a minute. There's a soup button on that sucker. I also made chicken wings, which involved a combination of the oven and the pressure cooker. The wings got a little overdone but instead of giving up, I'm just going to adjust the recipe and try again.



I'm not even afraid to push the lever that releases all the steam when the food is finished cooking. Apparently pressure cookers back in the mid-1900s would explode and blow up the whole kitchen or something?



That doesn't happen with this sucker. Still, I'm sure a few of you are hesitant to buy new kitchen appliances for the same reason I am. How many of you were around back when everyone had one of these for about six months?



What trendy kitchen appliances have you bought?

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62 comments:

  1. Hello Stephanie, a 3-in-1 kitchen appliance? Sounds great!

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    1. I have been informed since writing this that the slow cooker function on mine may be a malfunction and if I'll send it back, I can get another one. The base doesn't get hot enough while in slow cooker mode on some of them.

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  2. I've never used a slow cooker, but now I want to learn how. And if I could have this appliance...

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    1. Oh my gosh, the slow cooker is a miracle appliance! Just toss in a roast, some French Onion soup mix, and a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup, turn it on low, and eight hours later you have dinner. So many recipes like that...but I also use it to make chili and spaghetti because the flavors taste yummy after cooking all day. I will say with the Instant Pot, the meat is juicier. Something about pressure cooking retains the moisture more than slow cooking, which can dry meat out (hence the need for soup and water to put moisture back in).

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  3. I remember my mom asked my dad to help making applesauce once and I forget what happened exactly but the pressure cooker was involved and applesauce ended up splatter all over the kitchen, including the beamed ceiling. omg what a mess! My mom wasn't very impressed.

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    1. I didn't grow up around pressure cooking--I've never even seen it in person. So I didn't have the fear factor others have. This appliance seals up really tight so there's no way that would happen. At the end of cooking, you can either let it sit for 15 minutes or push the lever to release...then wait until all the steam has come out. (I throw a towel over it as advised to keep food-flavored steam from getting on cabinets and such.) Once all the steam is out, you open the lid and look at your creation!

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  4. Well, I'm so out of touch because I've not even heard of this until right now. I do remember the old pressure cookers though. They were scary.

    The bread maker? Still have ours. Used it to make fish bread to entertain our Little Bit when she was still with us. She loved feeding the fish and ducks.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. No fear with this version of it--you release the steam at the end before opening the lid, which is sealed. It won't work unless you've sealed the lid properly. The only danger I've seen in the Facebook group I'm in is that some people keep it on their stoves...then someone turns a burner on and melts the bottom of the pot!

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  5. I didn't even know this latest thing existed. I like the idea of an all in one, but yeah, scared of it, too. I've got a crock pot and a rice maker, but no pressure cooker. I think I'll stick to what I know for now. I did own a bread maker and a deep fryer for a while. My latest kitchen gadget was my husband's demands for a Keurig so we have that.

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    1. It isn't scary--no danger--just a little intimidating. Way complicated, but the Facebook group I'm in is very helpful with posting detailed recipes. I just follow the instructions. It does require some experimentation. And yes, I forgot all about the Keurig--although I believe that's beyond a trend at this point. I think one-cup coffeemakers are going to be the future for homes and offices. They just have to find a way to make it easy to hook it up to the water supply so we don't have to refill the water...and make it self-cleaning!

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  6. OMG! I remember back in the 1950's cooking pinto beans in a stove top pressure cooker that erupted and blew beans all over the kitchen. I gave those up in a hurry. This one looks interesting but I kind of like taking all day to cook a pot roast in my slow cooker...that may have something to do with that earlier experience. A fun post...I love all your videos and photos to support your observations Steph.

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    1. I think the appliance is probably going to catch on more with younger generations! I am not one of those younger people, but we didn't have a pressure cooker, so I don't really know why they'd be scary. I read people saying they're scared to release the steam valve when it's finished, but I just release it and watch the steam spew out. This one seals tightly so no danger at all...it has safeties built in so that if it isn't sealed, it doesn't come to pressure. The biggest danger is in having a dinner that doesn't cook because you didn't seal it up well enough!

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  7. I had a pressure cooker and it was so big, and like you I was scared and gave it to my brother. I bought a smaller one that had a little heavy stopper to put over the steam valve and when the pressure built up it would giggle the stopper. I used it till the seal wore off. It was my friend... I couldn't find a seal replacement and I bought a slow cooker.

    I bought a juicer for my husband for Christmas as he wanted one but so far he only used twice. I much prefer using my Vita Mix and drink the juice and pulp.

    I bought a bread maker for my husband after his first bread machine died but he never used it. A year later I used it and it wasn't preheating so I should just dump it.

    I honestly have way too many kitchen appliances that are infrequently being used.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. We had a quesadilla maker but we rarely used it, so I tossed it. We have a toaster oven, but it takes too long to toast a slice of bread, so I think we're going to just get rid of it and get a regular old toaster!

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  8. When I was a newlywed in 1969 my husband brought home a colleague for dinner. I made beef stew in my brand new pressure cooker. Got my mother-in-law's recipe. Only she forgot to tell me you had to take the little nob off the top to release the pressure before opening the pot. Beef stew everywhere. No wonder I hate to cook!!! This appliance sounds made-to-order for me.

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    1. Ugh! Yes, there's a lever on this one you have to push to the right to release steam. Sometimes they recommend NOT releasing the steam, though, and letting the pressure settle naturally, which takes 10 or 15 minutes? I think that's for some meats? Not sure...anyway, the lid won't open on this while there's still pressure inside, so no danger with that. I would have been terrified of the type of appliance you described!

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  9. We used a pressure cooker in cooking class the other day. It was fun to learn about, but I don't see myself buying one since it will probably just sit in the pantry gathering dust.

    That tortoise pic was hilarious! Hmm, maybe our tortoises would like some cooking utensils...although they eat mostly salad-type meals. :)

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    1. I use mine about once a week...going to try a crab boil next week...like Joe's Crab Shack. Should be interesting. I'm posting the video below. I still use my slow cooker a lot. I'm not much on traditional stovetop cooking. No fun to me!

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  10. I used to cook beef stew in a crock pot, but never had a pressure cooker. We had a bread maker once that was really nice. Now, I seldom cook. The deli has delicious food. Great pictures. A fun way to start the day.

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    1. I'd say I cook about three nights a week. Around Thursday I lose steam and we start getting takeout! We have our routines--a pizza place, a nice spaghetti place, a deli like you mentioned, and, of course, Chinese takeout.

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  11. Sounds like a must-have! Though we have so many gadgets as it is that storage is a challenge;-)I love how slow cooking allows the aromas to waft throughout the house all day, and will hang on to my crock pot for that reason. But I think there's room for the Instant Pot beside the bread machine:-)

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    1. I am SO with you on that. I store my Instant Pot and slow cooker under the counter when I'm not using them, although I know some people leave it out all the time. We're getting rid of our toaster oven in favor of a toaster, so we may have more counter space soon!

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  12. I saw one of these in the store the other day and was tempted to by one as my slow cooker is too big and my rice cooker too small. Now I think I make go back and get one, I want a roast in an hour.

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    1. Walmart puts them on sale occasionally...as does Amazon. I've seen it in the $80-$90 range fairly often over the past two months. If you're on Facebook, this group is awesome...and they'll alert you whenever one goes on sale:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/InstantPotCommunity/

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  13. I have been seeing these everywhere but so far I am not tempted...

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    1. Don't blame you! I hate stovetop cooking, so anything that will cook meat without me having to try to fry it. Hate frying food and trying to guess if it's done inside!

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  14. That sounds super fun. I have yet to attempt using a pressure cooker. I like slow cooker.

    Oh the bread machine.... My sister and stepmom went through that phase. I still stick to making it by hand.

    My dream kitchen gadget would be a smoker. ...technically not for the kitchen and not really a "gadget," but still, I have pined over the smokers at Cabellas for like 4 years.

    Share some successful instant pot recipes please!

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    1. I had one of those breadmakers back in the 90s. A smoker sounds nice...to be honest, every time I look at the price of ribs in the grocery store and think about making some, I think, "We could just go to Cheddar's and spend about the same amount of money, when you factor in the cost of buying sides and my time to make it all!"

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  15. I'll have to check this out! If even to eliminate a few appliances from my cupboard. I have a rice cooker, slow cooker, deep fryer...and yeah, I still have a bread maker.

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    1. I only have the slow cooker. I'm not even sure what happened to my bread maker! I remember we had a device to make rotisserie chicken but you had to tie the chicken with dental floss and I was thinking, I can just BUY one of these, fully cooked, at the grocery store on my way home from work!

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  16. Dang. I'm totally booked out for the month, otherwise I'd be signing up for sure. I will tweet about it though. I'm super stoked for you.

    A new type of pressure cooker, eh? I'll give it some time and see what becomes of them. The bread maker trend, I totally didn't get into that. My mother-in-law was even kind enough to buy me one for Christmas...which I felt guilty about taking back, but I was never going to use it. Some of us ignore trends, you know?

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  17. I have one. My mom bought it for me. I like it! Still use my slow cooker. But I really enjoy cooking beef stew in the slow cooker.

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    1. I still use my slow cooker, too. I love it for chili and spaghetti. When it's something that gets better the longer flavors combine, nothing beats the slow cooker. I did make some taco soup in the instant pot, though, and it was nice to be able to throw everything in there, seal it up, push the soup button, and wait!

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  18. I don't want anything besides a microwave and a toaster

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    1. And a stove and oven, right? And fridge? Just making sure!

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  19. I like my crock pot. Don't know if I could handle a pressure cooker. And I cook instant rice, so there's that, too. Haha! But in the past, I've been known to buy cooking toys and never use them. There was this cookie maker. Turned out to be more work than using a sheet for the oven.

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    1. I make instant rice...is that bad? I have no interest in making rice in the thing. Just ribs, crab legs, chicken, pork chops...

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  20. I remember other family members buying pressure cookers and then things exploding so my mom never bought one. It made for interesting stories. Last year we bought a food processor. My hubby sliced his finger pretty good so he never used it again. I like how it slices cucumbers but the chopper never chops everything well. Somce is chopped while other parts are not. If I keep all the food in there then I get mush so now this things sits there and i am back to the old fashioned knife.

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    1. OUCH!!! I don't have a food processor, but at Thanksgiving I found out too late I was supposed to have one to make cranberry salad. So my cranberry salad was a little on the crunchy side!

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  21. This thing sounds great! I love to cook, and I adore my crockpot. I'm always looking for new and improved ways of cutting, chopping, cooking...I also love my Ninja food processor.

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    1. I don't have any of those fancy choppers, although I do have a few chopping shortcuts, but all using knives.

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  22. That sounds like a magic machine! I have a nice food processor that I should use a lot more. Sharp blades scare me what can I say.

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    1. I can't blame you. I don't like things with blades, either!

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  23. I'm pretty sure I signed up for your promo already.

    I don't like to have too many appliances. I have a blender and juicer, and I can't stand how much space they use.

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    1. Your signup didn't come through--I checked my email. Could you send it again?

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    2. I signed up for Wednesday if it's not too late.

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  24. That's a useful device. I think we had a pressure cooker in the house, but it never got used. I do love a slow cooker, though.

    As for kitchen appliances, I subscribe to the Alton Brown school--no unitaskers. So, unless it does more than one thing, I never bought one.

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  25. Hey Stephanie,

    That's quite the pressure cooker. I love me some kitchen gadgets! I have a handy device called a masticating machine. Just think, you can use this handy device to whip your banana, mess with your nuts and froth up your cream.

    Gary :)

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  26. I haven't heard of this, though really, I love my slow cooker. Nothing better than getting home from work with something all ready to go. Who has 40 minutes in the evening to make a roast? ;)

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  27. I hadn't even heard of this one, but I sold my slow cooker a while back. It was too hot even on its lowest setting, and I'm not a fan of mush.

    I guess the last trendy appliance I bought was Baby Cakes, but in my defence, I bought it for my mom as a gift. :)

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  28. I don't do any of them things that cook things slowly, the food ain't nutricious and healthy if you cook it for ages. I even use boiled water from my kettler to speed up the process of cooking soups.
    I have a three levelled steam cooker somewhere, but it is still easier for me to just put a sieve over a pot and steam it like that for 15 minutes.

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  29. My mother-in-law is the queen of cooking gadgets. Me, not so much. If I had more kitchen space, maybe. =) Not too long ago, we went over there for dinner, but they couldn't get the lid off their pressure cooker, lol! So it was off to the grocery store for fried chicken that night. =)

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  30. An appliance that does all that? I don't know... I'd be afraid it would take over my kitchen and then the house and the world!

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  31. I don't do a ton of cooking (or I should say I barely cook)- so I don't have many trendy kitchen appliances. I do have a crock pot- but I have only used it a few times (I am afraid to leave it plugged in when I am at work. :)

    Glad you are figuring out your latest appliance!

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  32. Lol! I'm with you. If they say an item is gonna do something, I sort of want it to do what it says, because I don't have all the patience to figure it out. I do like the pressure cook part of it, but I like my crockpot, too. I may have to sit on a back porch on this one and keep checking out the reviews before I commit. Hugs...

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  33. I had one of those breadmakers and I used it once or twice. Gave it to a sister. As for the pressure cookers, I've seen them on MasterChef Australia.(Can you tell I don't cook much?)

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  34. Yeah, my mom got one of those for Christmas and both her and the wife use at lest twice a week. Definitely makes thing a whole lot easier in the kitchen.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  35. Yes, I remember having a bread maker. My ex-wife had one. I don't know if it's 'trendy' but I recently purchased a rice cooker. But I absolutely love it. In my time I've also purchased a smoothie maker and a George Foreman.

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  36. Since I am really old I do remember pressure cookers and yes, I was afraid of mine! But you could whip up some amazing stuff with it. Think I will pass on the Instant Pot!

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  37. I do have a pressure cooker and I made an entire 2.5 lb whole chicken in it....25 minutes. No lie. lol

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  38. I bought the extra large instant pot, and I regret it. The main reason I bought one was because my slow cooker died after many years. The instant pot may do many things, but it will not work as a slow cooker! I am hoping they will let me return it. Big waste of money for me, wish I had just gotten another slow cooker. ):

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