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Pressure cooker. Used one for 30 years. They have a new kind out now that is electric and acts as a slow cooker AND a pressure cooker. That might be the way to go if you don't have either.
This one is being shipped to me right now.
Crock pot, Pressure cooker, rice maker, steamer and the thing that sold it for me was the yogurt maker function
EDIT: One thing to keep in mind is, if you buy an old mechanical knob one, you can put a 10 dollar vacation lights timer on it, and if you have a power failure, it'll turn back on when the power comes back.
There is this one too: [link]
I've never used it, but it lists all sorts of functions: "7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker--Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer".
Looks overly complicated to me, but hey if it floats your boat.
Pressure cooker you can make anything. This is a life changer. Rice, beans, meat , veggies, pasta, yogurt. You name it. You can make it.
I actually use this electric pressure cooker to cook rice. It is a little more then $75 but it's also a pressure cooker! Seriously, I use it almost every night between roasting veggies and cooking rice. Well worth the investment!
I got an Instant Pot for my birthday in late February. I use it 4-5 times a week, and 1-2 of those times is for cooking rice. It's expensive, but worth it. I use the automatic rice cooking function for medium-grain brown rice. The rice always comes out perfect. One part rice to one and a quarter parts water.
The pressure function makes perfect risotto without having constantly stir and add more liquid. I haven't tried the slow cook function yet because a pressure cooker just suits my lifestyle more, but I assume it works fine. I love being able to sautee in the same pot I'm cooking in. The insert is lighter than the ceramic in my old slower cooker and easy to clean. I can't say enough good things about it.
I'm giving up the one I have that's like yours and getting this instead: [link]
Something that's also versatile is a pressure cooker. Oh hell, I can take a mediocre cut of meat and out of the pressure cooker comes something delicious.
I have this one: [link]
I have an all-in-one so that I have access to the joys of pressure cooking as well. It does rice, browns meat, slow cooks, and apparently I can even deep fry in it (haven't tried that one yet).
This one has additional features like timer delay, keep warm, etc. It cost a little more but gave me more options in the long run! Also kind of paid for itself eventually with the food savings.
Are you still looking? You might like to save a little more and invest in an all-in-one that does pressure cooking as well (/r/pressurecooking!), which is a bit like slow cooking on steroids. This one has a dishwasher safe pot (most lids can't be dishwasher'd but are easy to clean) and does timer delay etc, along with a bunch of other stuff.
I think the instant pot is what you're after. Has delayed cooking schedule function for up to 24 hours. They're a little more expensive BUT you get the benefit of it also being a pressure cooker (/r/pressurecooking !) and steamer etc. [link]
If you're interested in pressure cooking (/r/pressurecooking !) too, a modern all-in-one is a good way to go as well. a little bit more pricey but has more features, basically. They let you steam rice, brown the meat in the bowl without using an extra pan, and a bunch of other useful feature like timer delays and keep-warm settings. They're also well-protected against some of the problems older models tend to have. Here's a popular one: [link]
I saved my pennies and got an all-in-one slow cooker / pressure cooker / rice cooker (/r/slowcooking /r/pressurecooking !). It's paid for itself a few times over now, since you can use the cheapest cuts of meat and veg and batch cook with no effort. I'd recommend saving for the Instant Pot from amazon, I know that one is highly recommended. These types of cookers just do tons of things all in the one device, it's much better than having 5x different devices.
Even better than a Crock Pot is an Instant Pot. What normally takes hours is done in one or less. You can even brown meat and sautee veggies right in the same contraption before you shut the lid (my biggest complain with Crock Pots).
These electric pressure cookers that do 6 other things are amazing. In a little more than an hour you can make a week's worth of meals. While the possibilities are endless I usually just throw a roast in, spice it, brown it, pressure cook for X minutes, toss in veggies, 10 more min, done. It tastes like I spent all day on it.
Or this... It does rice, slow cook, yogurt., as well as pressure cook. It is hands down my favorite kitchen gadget.
The one pot meal ideas are endless
I know I'm late to the party but I think I have some meaningful input for you. I purchased an electric pressure cooker on black friday, and it has completely replaced my slow cooker. This is what I purchased, and it is amazing. It has all the settings my old slow cooker had and then much more. You're able to quickly cook food if you want to and you still have all of the slow cooking and program settings you'd expect from a crock pot. Just my two cents, good luck with whatever you get!
If you're interested in the electric one I mentioned (which is the largest selling these days with rave reviews), check out the Customer Reviews for it at amazon (would cheaper than your Buffalo too, though IP's usually can't be found locally):
Yep, electric ones are pretty cheap, I have this one: [link]
Sadly you can't do quick cool downs like you can with the metal pot ones, but on the plus side it won't explode.
Just wanted to add another suggestion that some of you may enjoy: put chicken breast (frozen or fresh) in an electric pressure cooker with some low sodium chicken broth and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on preference. Shreds up very easily when done. Personally, I use an electric hand mixer to shred it up because I'm way fucking lazy. From there, add dat/dem sauce(s).
My pressure cooker
I usually cook on Saturday or Sunday, sometimes both days. The last few weeks have been rough, but this coming weekend I am going to get back into the routine.
I am going to give you some advice, buy a pressure cooker. You can make something that would take 8 hours, in about 2 and a half hours. That means you can have awesome pulled pork sandwiches, with a homemade cole slaw in about three hours total, including prep time.
I mainly love my pressure cooker, because I can make my pulled pork, clean it out, then make barbacoa and if I start all of this at 8 AM, I can be done with it all by 2 PM or so. This includes making side dishes, and almost anything else I need. I'll usually clean my house at the same time, play a video game, or whatever else I might want to do. I sometimes even take a nap, and wake up to the smell of cooked meat.
Not sure what your budget is, could you swing a pressure cooker? This is the best gadget I own, just pop in a roast, chicken thighs, pork butt, ribs, whatever protein you like, set it, and 30min-1hr later it's all done cooking and ready to be sliced/shredded. Add to a salad with some dressing, perfect keto meal. It's electric so just plug it in somewhere (doesn't even have to be the kitchen), contains all the steam so there's very little smell to annoy your hosts, and really all your cooking happens in just the one pot so very little cleanup. It also makes fantastic bone broth.
I got worried about lead in some glazes they use, so I found the Instant Pot as a substitute. It costs a lot more, but does a lot more, and is stainless steel. Something to think about next time, if you don't mind paying more.
I got a pressure/slow cooker.
To be honest, I don't use it nearly enough. Right now I use it once a week to make a large batch of rice, but I've made chicken in it a couple of times and that's turned out well. Apparently you can make excellent chili with them, but I don't eat a lot of chili. I haven't really been cooking as much as I used to, so I haven't experimented with it much lately.
I really want to get an Instant Pot since it takes the stove aspect away from the pressure cooker and it can also be a slow-cooker, and a rice-cooker, and do a couple of other functions, but that's something I'll get later down the road.
I love your attitude. Can I get your opinion on the Instant Pot? I slow cook quite a bit, would like to try pressure cooking, would use the rice cooker and would love to be able to sear stuff in the same pot I'm cooking in. Is it useless garbage?
I don't, but I plan on getting one soon. Been eyeing this one I think (forgot to save it in the past, recommended a lot around here), or it's the 6-1 programmable.
Anyways, I want to try that!
I bought an electric (Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1) after owning a stovetop for a long time. Very soon the stovetop pc went into the garage for power outages, camping, etc. Electrics often have preset modes and can do other things besides just pressure, the pots are easier to move around and wash and are lighter weight, etc, etc., but most importantly they don't need to be babysat like stovetops.
The IP is the only brand to come with a stainless steel pot too (one reason it's best-selling) which is preferred by many since non-stick coatings won't last forever so pots would eventually need to be replaced (and have problems coming off into food after time and shouldn't be heated really high, etc).
If you're interested in more from users with IP's and what they often say comparing electrics to stovetops, etc, check out the zillions of customer reviews for this one:
[link] (click on Customer Reviews, or maybe on Answered Questions and for that perhaps do a search for the word stovetop)
(All or many of the Instant Pots will probably go on significant sale again just for Black Friday.)
It's a combo pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker thing. And apparently some versions can also make yogurt :)
I've heard amazing reviews, and I would really love to replace my slow cooker with something a little more multi-functional. Plus, I've always wanted a pressure cooker.
Wait around for it to go on sale. I got mine for around $80 on Black Friday. Then put your rice cooker and your slow cooker in the garage sale pile and enjoy bean soups and stews in 30 minutes instead of 5 hours.
This thing is all over Pinterest. There are tons of recipes for it, check it out.
(Oh, you can make yogurt in it too, but I haven't done that yet.)
Here's the Instant Pot link for Amazon. I would subscribe to /r/PressureCooking and they will let you know the next time they go on sale. They are well worth the money and infinitely more useful than a crock pot.
I have the instant pot !!! It's super great and has many other functions like rice cooking, you can sautee without the lid on and it even brings a little metal tray thing so you can steam veggies on! I pressure cook potatoes this way in under 15 minutes!
Got it. I think you are referring to the Teflon non-stick coating, right? No, the Instant Pot does not use this coating at all. The container in which you cook is good quality stainless steel. You do all your cooking in this container - you can sautee in it and brown vegetables and meats, use it like a sauce pan to boil water or soups or stews, or cook rice and beans and eggs and whatever else, or use it as a slow cooker, or use it as a pressure cooker (it is really safe as it is all electronic controls and it reduces cook times like crazy - like you could do a 5 hour slow cooked braise/roast/stew in 1 hour in the pressure cooker mode). After it finishes cooking, it will also keep your food warm.
You then take out the container when done and just wash it like a regular stainless steel pot. You can read the reviews here.
Its a life-changer. We bought ours several years ago when it was a bit higher priced but have never regretted it. Before we were vegan Id make yogurt with it. We're going to try doing coconut or almond milk yogurt soon (I keep forgetting). I use it every week for rice, oatmeal, soups, bean stews, its so great.
I'm in the US, too. I got mine on Amazon, but I've seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond and Fred Meyer (a big grocery store in the Pacific Northwest). The link below is the one I have, but there's a cheaper version. They almost always go on sale on Amazon on Prime day (sometime in July I think?) and black Friday.
Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart/1000W [link]
I bought one of these a few years back and absolutely love it.
I couldn't figure out how to do rice well at this altitude so I went the pressure cooker route. I highly recommend this thing though!
The stuff I use and make is solid at room temp, but I've never bought "MCT oil," only coconut oil. My girlfriend make cannabis-infused lotion for joint pain, and it's absolutely amazing. Doesn't last long, but I have significant joint & tendon problems and it's a real life-saver when the pain gets bad.
I just decarb the in an oven, then toss into the coco oil. We've experimented with many methods, and putting it into an Instant Pot at low temp for about a day and a half produces the best results we've gotten.
I typically make gummies from the infused coconut oil. Delicious and relaxing.
If you have a DUO60 7-in-1, I purchased that one 2 years ago and mine doesn't have an indication of a version number on the pot anywhere. It looks like the one shown now at amazon though, with exactly the same display:
I actually like my model more than the few "improvements" that got added later to other models (removing the Poultry button but adding the "Cake" and "Egg" and "Sterilize" buttons instead which don't do anything the other units couldn't do but sound cool, removing the word "Manual" and replacing with "Pressure Cook" and changing the positions of those buttons, etc). The only feature I'd perhaps like to have would be the automatic memory for the last pressure time selected for each button/mode, but that would also be a hassle sometimes so equals out.
(Btw, the time on my model can be set for more than 90 minutes--I just tested it on Manual--which is supposedly a V2 or ENW change tho mine came out well before the ENW. I didn't test the other "Version 2" changes balthazerus mentioned, but also have never noticed their lack in the way I cook with the IP anyway.)
I would like to have the kinda sous vide function of the Ultra though not sure how often I'd use it, but don't like the knob instead of buttons and the price of course.)
The $79 price for the DUO60 is really good btw! Hope you got it. (I paid $139 for mine 2 years ago, although that was probably its highest when they had fewer models.)
Or... the InstantPot Duo60 is $63 from AmazonWarehouse. These are generally items other users have returned due to minor damage during shipping (or maybe by the buyer to avoid return shipping).
My advise would be to invest in something like an Instant Pot and some dry beans and grains. Between beans, whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolled oats, etc you can get a lot of calories and protein for pretty cheap and actually end up eating a really healthy diet in the process.
Have had my DUO60 for over two years using at least once per day. Still going strong.
My new 3 qt DUO Mini is only 4-5 months old but still working fine.
If you look at the vast preponderance of reviews for the IP (at least the US amazon site), you'll see that most all of those 27,000 reviewers find their IP's to be quite long lasting. There are always problems here and there with anything, and people who mistake real problems for things they don't quite understand (user error).
I've only cooked white rice, and it's a five minute cook with a natural release that takes probably five minutes more. Here's the link:
I'd encourage you to also just do some web searches and read the many ways people use it. For Easter I cooked 30 eggs (to make deviled eggs) at one time and it took something like a total of 10 minutes. I have a friend who is a professional cook; cooks lots of meals for families. She has SIX pots, and she's the one who turned me on to it about a month ago. I'm pretty impressed with them.
33 year old here who hates cooking checking in. While I can't give you a magic potion that will solve all your problems of eating and diet, I CAN tell you what I've been doing to solve my disdain of cooking. Buy an Instant Pot! What? BUY AN INSTANT POT WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE ON AMAZON. I'm not kidding. It's like cooking made easy for idiots and the lazy 101. Better yet - search for "Instant Pot Dumping Recipes" on Reddit. They. Are. Everywhere. It's a bunch of shit you just throw into your Instant Pot, go jerk off for a bit, come back and BAM!! You have mostly delicious food ready to scarf down so you don't starve to death. And if you're lazy like me, you'll make sure to dump a lot in there so you have some leftovers for the next day! I'm not saying you're going to transform into that angry chef guy from TV and become a foodie, but you will most definitely take the necessary baby steps to building confidence to cook healthier meals and feel better about yourself. Good luck!
Sure, who would buy a single use appliance like that. But what if it was an... ;-)
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer [link]
Ohhhh I haven't gotten a chance to test it other than just this one time, but a few days ago I made pad thai with shirataki noodles. I wanted the chicken to shred and for the sauce to have plenty of time to soak into the noodles, so I just dumped the whole thing into my Instant Pot (which I love and everyone should get and is awesome, but I digress) and pressure cooked it for 30 minutes.
The noodles came out basically the texture of rice noodles (a tiny bit chewier, but not enough to push it into off-putting territory)! I was so excited! I'm going to probably try it again tonight and cook it for 45 instead of 30 and then pair with spaghetti sauce and meat balls and see how it goes.
Edit: Also, I know that it has nothing to do with this post, I just got a little excited and wanted to share.
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE OF THE UPDATE:
There is currently an Amazon Prime sale for Instant Pot (NEW) For $58.99. The difference is this one is a 7-n-1 and the other one was a 9-n-1 (also an egg cooker & a sterilizer). I reached out to Amazon support to get a replacement instead of the 20% partial refund, but they couldn't replace since they're 2 different items.
However, they gave me a $20 courtesy credit and I am returning the 9-n-1 with the dent. So basically I bought a new Instant Pot 7-in-1 ( [link] ) for $58.99 + tax - $20.00 courtesy credit.