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spongejack Thu 23-Jan-20 06:21:11

Thinking of buying one as we are having DD and SIL stay for sometime and bigger meals will be needed.

Are they better for larger meals to be made quickly?

What do you cook in yours and does it save time?

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Slightlyunhinged Wed 17-Jun-20 03:18:04

I have an instant pot too. I use it for all the things mentioned by PP. It is also great for home made Xmas pudding. I mix up the pudding some time in November, use the steam function to steam it for 30 mins or so. Then its stored away till Xmas. Come Xmas day I put it to pressure cook about 20 mins before we're due to eat, by the time we've eaten a starter and the turkey, its ready.

GrumpyHoonMain Tue 16-Jun-20 17:13:02

They are used as standard in all types of Indian cuisine. You can steam in them, use them to cook rice etc so they are pretty good for saving time.

ElizaCBennett Tue 16-Jun-20 17:11:26

I’ve got the Tefal Cook4Me. It’s brilliant; I make bolognese sauce, casseroles, whole gammon joints etc. I start off my roast potatoes and all the other veg I cook completely in there. There are recipes included on the screen on the device and there is an app. Go for it; you’ll never look back

5foot5 Tue 16-Jun-20 16:34:49

I have a very old one. It used to be my Mums and she gave it to me when I left home. It must be over 50 years old could be 60.

Still works but I probably only use it once a year to mke stock from turkey carcass

DontTouchTheMoustache Tue 16-Jun-20 15:54:12

I love my pressure cooker so much! You can pretty much use it for anything you use a slow cooker for but the meal is ready in a few minutes. All the flavours stay in really well and it's just amazingly convenient. I make lots of curries, stews, chilli etc but it's great for cooking a big batch of brown rice as well.

RichTea432 Tue 16-Jun-20 15:51:35

Silly question, but how do you know how to use it - do you buy a specific recipe book, or does it come with instructions that make it all really easy to figure out?

rosiejaune Tue 16-Jun-20 15:49:52

We have an Instant Pot and use it every day. My partner cooks dog food in it. And curry/chilli/soup/stew etc.

And it's useful for steaming things without supervising them. And cooking rice. In fact I haven't used a pan on the hob for a long time, as I use the IP instead (even for non pressure cooked things).

And we use the yoghurt setting to rise bread dough.

FlorenceinSummer Tue 16-Jun-20 15:41:44

I have an instantpot so use it for lots of things from spag bol/ rice/ potatoes/ chilli/ curry/ rissotto/ porridge/ fudge and more recently making yogurt (using the yogurt function). It is great! Saves so much time and stress just with the ability to set it to go (it has timer delay) let it cook and then eat when I am ready (it has a keep warm function once the pressure cooker has finished). Just a warning doing some tomato based recipes can cause "Burn" to come up so they aren't as easy to leave but still good..

Sherloidbaisherloid Tue 16-Jun-20 15:38:03

I’ve never used mine as it was intended, as someone up post said I’m always scared it will explode! The pot is great tho for making soup and pasta

RichTea432 Tue 16-Jun-20 15:25:53

Old thread, but wondering how you cook chicken breasts in the instant pot? Thinking of getting one. Do you just add the chicken breasts and pressure cook for 10 minutes? Or do you add water?

MyCatHatesEverybody Thu 23-Jan-20 16:18:11

I bought an instant pot after reading about it on mumsnet, it's particularly handy that you can saute stuff in it first. Tough cuts such as shin beef cook in 40 mins. Chicken breasts come out really juicy and I also cook "roasts" such as leg of lamb or pork loin then finish them off under the grill. Risotto always comes out perfectly without all the faffing around of having to stir constantly. Love it!

gingerchaos Thu 23-Jan-20 16:10:45

I didn't know you could still buy them, I see them as very 1970s old fashioned things like the Teasmade and hostess trolleys.

MissConductUS Thu 23-Jan-20 16:06:36

Mongolian beef and chicken in the instant pot are both delicious and easy.

FruityWidow Thu 23-Jan-20 16:04:00

I've got a hob top pressure cooker and whilst it gets used occasionally I could live without it. It does stews, bolognese, soups, stocks and stuff quickly but I prefer the taste when I use a cast iron pan and leave it on the stove for 4-5 hours.

Sgtmajormummy Thu 23-Jan-20 15:55:55

I use my Lagostina pressure cooker (20 cm at the top) every day because it’s the perfect size for me to put an ordinary pan lid on and cook everything traditionally, too.
I use induction so it just times itself out.

I tried an Instant Pot in the hope of finding more uses, but the warm-up time and the space it took up negated any benefits. I’m going to stick it on a local selling page!

Goldenhedgehogs Thu 23-Jan-20 15:37:59

I was nervous of my instant pot a d it sat for a month without using, I think having the weights ping off my mum's 1970s pressure cooker had but me off. But I bought a book which goes through the instant pot functions step by step and a meat thermometer and I love it. Use at least three times a week. Did a £30 marks and Spencer turkey for Xmas in it and it was the best turkey I have ever cooked. For me having a cookbook gave me confidence to try. I bought how to instant pot and it definitely gets you started. Now I look up pressure cooker recipes online by I needed to feel confident using it first.

DobbinOnTheLA Thu 23-Jan-20 11:20:05

I'm a horrible cook but even I haven't messed up pressure cooked risotto. I have an instant pot but presumably theres no too much difference between electric p cookers
www.happyfoodstube.com/instant-pot-chicken-risotto/

Mominatrix Thu 23-Jan-20 11:17:00

I use my pressure cooker quite a bit for:
-rice
-risotto
-stocks
-chilli
-braised dishes
-porridge
-cheesecake
-pulses

It is not necessarily faster Except for stocks, pulses, and braised dishes, but it is convenient as I don’t have to keep an eye on it and it is auto shut off and keeps dishes warn until ready to eat.

MrsCoyote Thu 23-Jan-20 11:08:54

@SweetPetrichor I see! I was thinking about spagetti (not so easily measurable:-) Thanks.

SweetPetrichor Thu 23-Jan-20 10:27:39

@MrsCoyote I use the wee cup measure that came with the instant pot - but basically one cup of pasta to one cup of water. Makes life so much easier cause there's no extra washing up.

MrsCoyote Thu 23-Jan-20 10:17:16

@SweetPetrichor pasta with sauce in one pot? Sounds great!
pasta including (with equal amount of water) You mean 500 g pasta and 500 g water for example?

evilharpy Thu 23-Jan-20 09:37:06

I have an instant pot and an old fashioned (although modern, without jiggly weight) stovetop pressure cooker. Love them both and use them constantly - in fact I probably use the instant pot more often than I use the hob. I cook everything in them from risotto to bolognese sauce or chilli to a whole chicken or gammon to curry. They are brilliant for cooking cheaper cuts of meat that need a long cooking time. I never got on with the slow cooker because I wasn't organised enough to get everything ready and set it going so early in the morning before work.

I don't generally follow any recipes but as a rule of thumb, if I was going to cook something on the hob, I cook it in a pressure cooker for about a third of the time. For chicken breasts, 5 minutes and let the pressure drop naturally; for the whole chicken it's 15 minutes.

Things I don't cook in it are rice (use a microwave rice cooker), pasta (just in a pan, don't see the point of pressure cooking pasta), boiled eggs (everyone raves about these but I find it easier and more consistent in a small saucepan), and soup which I make in a thermomix as it does all the chopping/stirring/blending for me.

SweetPetrichor Thu 23-Jan-20 09:28:41

I love our instant pot. I was terrified of it to begin with (was given it as a gift from parents) but it is so useful. We make curries, pie fillings, stews, etc. And it's great for during the week when you're tired and just want something nice and fast. The fact you can cook your starch in a the same time is the game changer for me. We do spag bog quite often and it's as simple as browning the mince and onions, then adding all the other ingredients, pasta including (with equal amount of water) and setting it for 10 mins. It's perfectly cooked and all-in-one. We do the same with a chilli-mac where you add chilli ingredients to the mince and onions, and the pasta/water, then when it's cooked you stir through cheese and it is glorious.

Heylottie33 Thu 23-Jan-20 08:54:47

I'm so scared of my instant pot, I am ashamed to say I have put it in the shed unused. I must face the fear.
Whats a good 'starter' meal for a newbie?

Ladyks Thu 23-Jan-20 08:47:30

I have an instant pot & use it for literally everything. Best purchase ever made! I’m not a cook, but making meals in the instant pot has been a game changer- my DH is certainly thrilled 😂!

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