Do I Really Need an Instant Pot?
In view of the quiet hype that has been going on around this electric pressure cooker called the Instant Pot for several months, many cooking enthusiasts ask themselves this question. I keep hearing that on Facebook. Many of them have a well-equipped kitchen with plenty of saucepans. Quite a few also use a normal pressure cooker. The question of the sense and nonsense of another cooking utensil is a perfectly legitimate question.
Why do I actually have an Instant Pot?
Oh – a good question, but one that is easy to answer. I have the Instant Pot because I really wanted to cook and experiment with it. I had read about the immense super thing from the American continent, had become curious, and ultimately got this part sponsored so that I could write diligently about what I’m doing again at this moment. You can read the full story here if you like.
Now I love to cook with the IP. It has its peculiarities that I have learned to tolerate. Ultimately, the positive properties predominate.
What bothers me about the pot:
- it’s big and eats up space in my kitchen
- it takes a long time to build up pressure (ok – there is a trick to speed it up!)
- many recipes are only available in English
I find that these “negative” characteristics of being an Instant Pot are not a sufficient reason to forego it, because …
And what am I enthusiastic about the Instant Pot?
- it’s fun to cook with
- it does not take up any space on the stove, which is always too small
- Push buttons and let them do it
- automatic keep-warm function after the printing phase.
- the program functions do what they should
- One-pot recipes are child’s play
- I don’t have to watch him
- I can now translate, cook and write about many English recipes.
For me, the most outstanding advantage of the Instant Pot is that it does its job next to the induction hob. When I cook for my family or guests, I quickly reach the limits of the hob, especially since I often cook vegan and non-vegan at the same time. It is a great advantage if, for example, I can cook potatoes or rice separately and use my hob for all the other things. It’s really incredibly practical and I don’t want to be without it anymore.
I also find the quasi-automatic cooking really cool: I fry, toss everything in the pot, pour in stock or water, close the Instant Pot, “program” it, and the rest will take care of itself. I don’t even have to worry about reducing the energy supply when the cooking level is reached. With my Fissler pressure cooker, I more or less have to stand by when I cook with it in order to turn the hob down after reaching the cooking level so that the cooking level remains constant. This is exactly what the Instant Pot does by itself, which is a great advantage, especially for those who are inexperienced in pressure cookers.
And how do other users see the benefits of an Instant Pot?
In the meantime, a steadily growing following of the Instant Pot is establishing itself in German-speaking countries and some arguments for the Instant Pot are emerging, which may also speak in favor of you wanting to get this electric pressure cooker:
- It runs on electricity. This means that the Instant Pot can easily be used on the balcony, in the garden, when camping, or on a boat. So wherever there is electricity but no kitchen.
- The keep-warm function is unbeatable.
- The Instant Pot can be programmed to start cooking at a specific time so that the meal will be ready when you get home.
- Singles or families with one or two hotplates or very small stoves hardly need them anymore because they can cook most of the dishes in the Instant Pot.
- It can easily be used as a slow cooker!
- You can use it to make yogurt.
- You no longer have to pay attention to the pressure or stay on the pot – the automatic of the Instant Pot does it reliably by itself. (an advantage if you are sick, for example)
- You can sear meat directly in the pot and then simply continue cooking without needing additional pots.
- The IP does not need a stovetop!
- Baking cakes is also possible!
There are certainly more advantages that speak in favor of the Instant Pot and I would be happy if you could tell me what you particularly like about the IP!
Now there is already a famous (notorious) and fairly common multi-cooker: the Thermomix.
Which is better now: Instant Pot or Thermomix?
Well – in my experience this question is almost philosophical. Both multicookers have different programs to cook different foods. Both take care of the cooking process more or less automatically. But there is one very, very big difference between the two stoves: the price!
For a Thermomix you can easily put more than 1200 € on the table; you get the Instant Pot for a tenth of the price!
If that’s not a convincing PRO for the pot, then I don’t know. Sure – you can’t directly compare the two multicookers with each other, but measured against what the multicooker is commonly used for, the pot’s price-performance ratio is unbeatable. Good – on Amazon the price is always quoted as 199 €, but I’ve never seen the IP there over 129 € … so I set this price for the comparison. But even the 199 € would still be clear. 🙂
Conclusion: do you need the pot? – Sure, of course!
The Instant Pot is an all-around successful multi-cooker, which is a huge relief in the kitchen and has many, many advantages. The question “Do I really need an Instant Pot?” Everyone has to decide for themselves, but at least they can with a clear “Yes, you will have fun with it!” get answered.