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Offline Bob Marino

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Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« on: July 19, 2019, 01:11 PM »

 Any foodies out there using the Instapot or Ninja Foodi? Worth it, useful or a waste of $$?
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Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 01:42 PM »
The Instant Pot is the best kitchen money I've ever spent.

Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 02:18 PM »
I have a 6qt Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker.  It probably sat in the box for the first year before I even opened it.  We use it quite frequently now.  The Cuisinart has a non stick interior, which might be a good and a bad thing.  Things don't stick, but like all nonsticks, the finish is peeling away.

I've been thinking of upgrading lately for 2 reasons:
  • The nonstick coating is peeling.
  • I find the 6qt size to be a little too small, especially when you're supposed to leave sufficient head space at the top.

Instant Pot may well be the best known brand of electric pressure cookers.  My mom got my mother in law this 14qt GoWISE electric pressure cooker: https://www.amazon.com/GoWISE-USA-GW22637-4th-Generation-measuring/dp/B01LVZY19H/ref=sr_1_1 because it was the largest one we could find.

It seems like fundamentally most pressure cookers are basically the same.  Some just have some preset cook settings.  I think the one thing to look out for is the specific amount of pressure that each cooker cooks at as there isn't an industry standard for what exactly high vs low pressure translates into in terms of bars of pressure.

We like to make soup broth, Japanese curry, seafood boil, rice porridge, and some other things in there.  We already have a Japanese rice cooker, but I've heard you can make great rice - especially sushi rice in an Instant Pot.

You should definitely buy one Bob!
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Offline oberlin1

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 04:38 PM »
Instapot is highly recommended!
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Offline JD2720

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 04:39 PM »
My wife has an Instapot & loves it. 

Offline ctvader

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 06:17 PM »
Instant pot - use it frequently.  Checkout pressure your luck YouTube channel - good recipes on there.

Offline Oldwood

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 08:34 PM »
Another vote for Instant pot. We make yogurt by the gallon in it with the yogurt setting as well as many other things.

Ours is the Duo 6 quart 7 in 1 version. Did not think we needed the one that connects to your phone but some people love that option.
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Offline ScotF

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2019, 12:19 AM »
One of the best appliances - ever!!

Online RKA

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2019, 07:35 AM »
I’m not allowed to use it, but I hear it’s great.  Other than the toaster oven an coffee maker, it’s the only other appliance dedicated to the counter.  The pressure cooker and slow cooker haven’t been seen since it arrived.  The rice cooker wasn’t even taken out of its box and it’s future is now resigned to a garage sale.  My wife likes it not only because it can reduce clean up times (one pot), but because it doesn’t need to be babysitted. 

And I hear there is a whole world of possibilities with certain protein-based dishes, but she is a strict vegetarian, therefore, I’m forbidden from testing those possibilities!
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Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2019, 08:02 AM »
  Thanks All.

 Well, last night I went to my nearby Williams Sonoma store and bought the Instapot Max. One of the reasons I went with this particular model is that it can do Sous Vide cooking. I am not used to this type of product (though my wife has a crockpot and she got rid of the pressure cooker and was very sceptical about this pot.)

 Anyhow, I also bought a bottle of their Chicken Orange Sauce just to do something super easy but at $16.00 a bottle that will be the last time I buy any of those WS Instant Pot sauces. I did a quick saute in the pot and added the sauce and the chicken was excellent. Before I cooked the chicken, I tried the easiest of things - rice, actually Basmati rice and it came out the way it's supposed to cooked so the the grains are loose, not all stuck together and starchy.

 The only caveat to many of these dishes - especially rice and other starchy items is that the 3 minute cooking time is deceptive; this unit takes about 10 minutes to reach pressure beforehand, cooks for 3 minutes and then takes about 20 minutes to "depressurize."

 I think I'm gonna do a sous vide steak and maybe some ribs in the next few days. I am curious how sous vide ribs will compare to using my slow cooking' wood pellet smoker grill.
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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2019, 05:01 PM »
I've had the Instant Pot for a while now and I'm pretty happy with it.  Great for braises, particularly Indian food.  I use it weekly to cook up a batch of chicken breasts for dogfood (our old dog can't deal with much fat).  Just plop them in over the trivet, pour in a cup of water, close the lid and push one button.  And I get a cup of great chicken broth to boot!

Didn't know the Instant Pot Max could do sous vide!  Frankly I'm a little skeptical.  Can't wait to hear how your steak came out!  If its good, I may be in the market for an upgrade.

By the way Instapot actually has decent customer service via email.

Only disconcerting thing so far is that after a couple of failures with a recipe using slow cooker mode, customer service advised me that its more of a pressure cooker than a slow cooker and suggested I try the recipe with pressure.  Not Festool level quality for sure, but what should I expect for $69?

Offline ScotF

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2019, 05:19 PM »
It makes some of the best beans - perfectly tender in a fraction of the time. Great for stews as well.

Offline Oldwood

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Re: Any Instapot or Ninja Foodi fans?
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2019, 01:15 PM »
I like this site for recipes and other info on pressure cookers. Here is their review of the Ultra.

https://www.hippressurecooking.com/instant-pot-ultra-review/
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