What is an Instant Pot? What makes it such a success, what can you do with it and why should you have one in your kitchen? Today I will update you completely!
An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and slow cooker in one. That saves space in your kitchen cupboards! The most popular function is the high-pressure mode, with which you can quickly conjure up the most delicious stews, curries, and homemade broth, and that is also packed with flavor! Never again have a pan on the fire for hours. Although, that is, of course, great to do on the weekend!
After seeing this movie I decided on an Instant Pot to purchase. Not only the success story but also the fact that they actually read user reviews and use them to constantly improve their product appealed to me.
My personal experience
I’ve had the Instant Pot for about four months now and I’m still very happy with it. The pot is much better than expected and I have now made everything in it.
Rice and quinoa, for example, come out super fluffy and you no longer have to pay attention to the pan. Meat becomes buttery soft and I can now put dishes such as babi ketjap and stew on the table within 30 to 45 minutes. In addition, I also have the idea that the flavors are, as it were, pressed into the dishes.
With the dishes that didn’t turn out so well in my pot, it was mainly due to the herbs used. When making a good curry, also in the Instant Pot, you really have to add enough spices. This was not the issue; this would also have happened in a ‘normal’ pan, but there you can easily taste and adjust the dish during cooking.
Cleaning is super easy, which is not unimportant. I notice that products that are difficult to clean are used less and less in our kitchen. A large part of the parts can be put in the dishwasher, but I just do it by hand. You can easily remove the entire stainless steel interior.
You can buy a lot of accessories for the Instant Pot, such as the fun magnetic covers above. I bought these through Etsy.
Some minor drawbacks
- If the pot is closed, you cannot see what is happening and therefore cannot intervene if you see that something goes wrong. As a novice user, that made me a bit nervous ;).
- The sealing ring absorbs the smell of your food. I don’t mind this myself and there are of course ways to get that smell out again.
- There is no start button… after setting the pot starts automatically. Especially in the beginning this takes some getting used to, I’m used to having to press ‘start’ or ‘on’ somewhere.
Instant Pot with a European plug
There are quite a few stories going around online in which people claim that there is no Instant Pot with a European plug or are surprised that they received an Instant Pot with the wrong plug. It is also claimed that there are only Instant Pots with American plugs and voltages. Of course, I don’t know what went wrong there, but I can tell you that I was able to buy an Instant Pot with a European plug very easily, without any hassle. I bought my copy from Amazon, this one to be exact. It was delivered to my home for free within a few days and I was able to get started right away.
Another option is of course to buy an Instant Pot with an English plug (for example at Amazon.co.uk) and use a converter (also called travel plug). What you should in any case not do is buy an Instant Pot from America: it not only has the wrong plug, but also works on a different voltage.