Revolutionize Your Cooking with Instant Pot's Power of Pressure Cooking

WriterSarah Williams

19 February 2024

Revolutionize Your Cooking with Instant Pot's Power of Pressure Cooking

Instant Pot, a popular multicooker from the Instant Brands company, has revolutionized the way we cook. With over a dozen models to choose from, Instant Pot offers a range of capabilities, but the main function of all models is pressure cooking.

The Power of Pressure Cooking

Pressure cooking is a game-changer in the kitchen. By subjecting food to high-temperature steam in an air-tight environment, Instant Pot cooks everything in significantly less time than traditional stovetop or oven-based methods. For example, pork shoulder that would normally take 4 hours to cook can be ready in just 40 minutes. Chicken soup can be made in about 30 minutes, and dried beans can be prepared from start to finish on a weeknight without the need for soaking.

Easy and Safe Cooking

Instant Pot not only makes pressure cooking faster, but also easier and safer. Gone are the days of hissing stovetop pots. Simply plug in your Instant Pot, click a few buttons, and you're ready to cook. No more worrying about maintaining the right pressure or timing the release. Instant Pot takes care of it all.

How We Test the Best Instant Pots

At the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, we put Instant Pots to the test to determine the best models on the market. Our experts assess overall functionality by filling the device with water, activating the high setting, and timing how long it takes for the cooker to come to pressure and release pressure. We also evaluate the final product, checking the tenderness of the meat, the doneness of the vegetables, and the overall flavor.

What to Consider When Shopping for an Instant Pot

When shopping for an Instant Pot, there are several key factors to consider:

  • Control panel: Instant Pots have comprehensive control panels, but more advanced models offer sleeker designs with additional features like a dial for easy navigation.
  • Cooking pot: While all Instant Pots come with a stainless-steel inner pot, more advanced models may have additional benefits like faster heating or stovetop compatibility.
  • Pressure levels: Different models offer different pressure options, allowing for versatility in cooking. High pressure is suitable for most recipes, while low pressure is ideal for slower cooking or delicate items.
  • Functions: Instant Pots are multicookers with impressive functionality, but the range of functions varies depending on the model. Some models offer basic tasks like pressure cooking and slow cooking, while others double as sous vide, air fry, or dehydrating machines.
  • Size: Instant Pots come in three different sizes - 3-quarts, 6-quarts, and 8-quarts. The 6-quart option is the most popular and practical choice for most households.

The Best Instant Pot for You

The best Instant Pot for you is the one that meets your specific needs. Instant Pot offers three different lines - the Duo, the Rio, and the Pro - each with its own features and functionality. The Duo is the most popular choice, offering excellent value and intuitive controls. The Rio line features a modern design and more cooking area, while the Pro models are more advanced and come with a smartphone app.

Cleaning Your Instant Pot

To clean your Instant Pot, wash all removable parts with soap and warm water. Use a soft-bristled brush to reach all the crevices. If your Instant Pot has a condensation collector, remember to empty and rinse it after each use. For a deep clean, refer to our comprehensive guide on how to clean an Instant Pot.

Why Trust Good Housekeeping

At Good Housekeeping, we have a dedicated team of experts who rigorously test kitchen appliances. Nicole Papantoniou, the director of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances & Innovation Lab, has been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013. Samantha MacAvoy, the Assistant Food Editor in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, has tested and tasted dozens of Instant Pot recipes and conducted various kitchen appliance reviews.

Choose Instant Pot for a convenient and efficient cooking experience. Join the multicooker revolution today!

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Sarah Williams, an authoritative voice in the world of rice cookers, is known for her comprehensive reviews and culinary insights. With a passion for perfecting the staple of many cultures, Sarah’s articles are a fusion of technology, tradition, and taste, guiding readers to make informed decisions and embrace the art of cooking rice.

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