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I received an Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker for Christmas. For the past few months my friends and family have been asking me “have you gotten an instant pot yet??” and I always respond with “nope, never gonna use one”.
Let me tell you guys, I am old fashioned when it comes to cooking. The most modern thing I have is my watermelon-colored stand mixer (also a present), and most days I just knead dough, and make cakes by hand. In a digital world, I prefer to use my digits. 96% (this isnt statistically correct, or it could be… I don’t know) of our food is made from scratch. Why? Because I love to cook, it’s less expensive, and because I can monitor what goes in our bodies. And I love being at home on a cold, wintry day, letting a beef stew soften and fill the house with a wonderful aroma. Remind me sometime to give you a recipe for beef shank chili…
But I digress. So I was given this gift that everyone raved about and I felt bad not trying it out, on a day where we wouldn’t be home until late and I couldn’t make the soup I wanted because it needed to sit for hours. I said, “what the heck, I’ll try this thing and prove everyone wrong, that’ll show them to rush soup!” So I followed the recipe, dumped it into the pot, and 30 minutes I had a hearty soup. I tasted it and it was good. I think it missed a teeny bit of that slow simmered soup taste (ha!) but that could have just been me.
So who is this product for? I still think it’s not quite for stay at home moms that love to cook. But it definitely is for moms and dads who stay at home and don’t like to cook. It’s also for moms and dads who work all day and don’t have time to cook. And for anyone who just wants quick soup and stews and ribs and roasts, and much more without waiting upwards of 4 hours before it’s done. I am really looking forward to making pot roast in this thing.
What I like about it:
It’s got a nice digital read out display screen and it comes with a stainless steel insert rather than the Teflon inserts of other models. Besides soups and stews it also makes other foods. And according to the packaging the “Duo Plus replaces 9 common kitchen appliances including pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, sauté, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and it makes cake too”.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to tell you more!
Here is a helpful video on using an Instant Pot.