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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.
It's a specific brand of pressure cooker that is awesome.
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer [link]
The 7-in-1 Instant Pot is a good buy - it's a middling pressure cooker, but solid for the other uses (rice cooker, slow cooker, etc.)
It's also on sale right now for $60 instead of $100.
Here's a link.
There isn't really a minimum size, I've just got one of the six quart instant pots, but using half pint jars I can only fit four of them in at a time without risking one breaking. The stove top ones are slightly more technical but have a much greater capacity which makes bulk techniques a lot easier.
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.
Sure, who would buy a single use appliance like that. But what if it was an... ;-)
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!
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.)
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.
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).
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!
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]
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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 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?
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 got a pressure/slow cooker.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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):
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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]
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 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.
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'm giving up the one I have that's like yours and getting this instead: [link]
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 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!
Pressure cooker you can make anything. This is a life changer. Rice, beans, meat , veggies, pasta, yogurt. You name it. You can make it.
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.
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.
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.
No such thing as a 'healthy slow cooker', because you don't eat the slow cooker itself.
That being said, it's all about the Instant Pot. These things are awesome.
DUO60 are currently $69.95 on Amazon
Get an Instant Pot. 100% BEST investment I've ever made.
It literally changed my life.
I went from never cooking anything, eating take out or frozen food exclusively, to making myself healthy meals (even gasp without a recipe - which I seriously never felt like I could do before) almost every day.
Get this one, it's the basic size (it's on sale right now for $60): [link]
Here are some of my recipes, most are done in 30 minutes are less (from you have raw ingredients to you're eating cooked food):
I also make a chickpea chana masala if you like Indian food that I didn't list there.
1 can of diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
1 can of chickpeas
1+ tablespoon Garam Masala powder (they sell this at your grocery store)
1 1/4 tablespoons of ground ginger (or you can use ginger paste, or real ginger - I had to calculate how much ground to sub for 1 inch fresh ginger)
1/2 teaspoon of: cumin, paprika (or red chili flakes)
1/4 teaspoon of tumeric
Salt + pepper to taste
Drain chickpeas, dump into Instant pot
Put can tomatoes on top
Spices (I just measure everything into 1 coffee cup, shake it up to mix them, and then dump on top)
Add 2 cups of water (keep tomatoes on top, but stir the spices in so they're distributed)
Set "Pressure Cook" for ~70minutes+
Also really easy to double this recipe.
I serve on basmati rice. (Which I make in my Instant Pot in 7 minutes.)
Everyone here is saying slow cookers, but making slow cooker meals requires foresight and planning that it doesn't sound like you're interested in doing.
I'm not either.
I like my IP because I can go from "Oh shit I don't have anything for dinner" at 530, go to the store, get back by 630, and be eating by 7.
You'll never be able to do that with a slow cooker.
Get an Instant Pot. It is a good enough slow cooker, but it is an outstanding pressure cooker, and for the big majority of what you do that is better than a slow cooker. (And if you really want to hit that $150 mark, add a cast iron dutch oven)
Down to $78.50 deal of the day.
Down to $78.50 instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior, Latest 3rd Generation Technology [link]
TLDR; Calculate cost per meal. Eating out: $10-$15 per meal. Cooking at home: $1-$5 per meal
If you're serious about cutting back on food costs, my personal take on that is all about cost per meal. This includes eating out AND cooking at home.
When eating out, I try to make sure I save enough leftover for a proper meal portion to reheat the next day. Sometimes I can stretch it to 3 meals even, but that's not very common. So now instead of $20 for one meal, you're looking at $20 for two/three meals ($10/meal or less). That one step alone would at minimum halve your "eating out" costs. I know that might not be practical for every meal you buy, but you get the gist.
Now contrast that to cost per meal when cooking for yourself. Depending on how "fancy" of a meal I'm looking to do, my cost per meal, cooking for a family of 4, ranges anywhere from <$1 per serving (for a simple salad + protein) to ~$8 per meal for a nice steak dinner (grilled ribeye + fresh corn on the cob or any other veg + creamy mashed potatoes). The steak dinner is a bit of a splurge and definitely on the higher end of the cost scale, but you'd easily spend $25+ on something like that at a restaurant.
You don't have to be a wiz in the kitchen though to start learning some basic techniques/recipes and making tasty food that you'll enjoy. Get yourself an Instant Pot - $50 on Amazon! and make some chili. Here is a perfectly good Instant Pot chili recipe - skip the step about the fancy chicken stock mixture, just use straight up chicken stock.
I won't rehash the whole recipe, but here's what you would need at minimum for a decent chili:
So that comes out to about $12 for all ingredients to make a literal gallon of chili! Let's just assume an 8 oz bowl per serving, and this recipe makes at least 8 servings of chili, coming out to ~ $1.50 per serving! Even if you doubled your portion because you were hungry and ate 2 bowls each meal, that's still only $3 per serving! If the thought of eating a bowl of chili for 8 meals in a row bums you out, there's so many other things you can do with chili - chili dogs, chili burgers, chili over rice, chili mac & cheese. Or simply take a break from chili and eat something else you've prepared.
Point is, obviously eating at home is far cheaper. But the real question is just how much cheaper, and if you're serious about tracking your food costs, this is what I've found to be the most helpful for me. Yes, you should budget for weekly groceries, but it's also important to have a plan for how you're going to stretch that $50 (or w/e). It won't do you any good to focus on groceries and home cooking if you let some of that go to waste by not using it before it expires.
The cost per meal is simply too good to beat - unless you're only eating off the $1 menu at McDonald's, in which case you probably wouldn't be having this problem in the first place.
If you're interested in any more cheap meals or tips w/ Instant Pot etc... just let me know I'd be happy to share.
I use my instant pot to sterilize small supplemented sawdust blocks. Works well, you can find them pretty cheap on Amazon, and they are hella useful to cook lots of delicious stuff.
The Official (TM) Instant Pot, of course! :)
Instant Pot - You can also use it as a pressure cooker.
Thanks for the advice on Instant Pot! I started looking into Instant pot instead with this steamer tray:
Instant Pot on a Sunday evening can make a week’s worth of way tastier meals for super-cheap. Friend cut his lunch bill by 3/4.
Pengen beli rice cooker merk ini kira2 bagus ga aya ada yg pakai ga [link]
edit: ternyata ini lebih bagus dan harganya lumayan [link]
edit2: lebih murah tp ttp mahal tp bagus tp pengen [link]
Is it the same as this one?
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, 6 Quart | 1000W [link]
The link is in the sidebar (this one).
Mine has both "Pressure" and "Manual" buttons (just like in the image in the amazon page).
As mentioned, they're both electric pressure cookers, and also "multi-cookers" meaning they can do more than one thing. The Power Pressure Cooker XL has been featured on shopping channels I think so has probably sold a lot of units, but probably not more units than the Instant Pots. Two other well known brands of electric pressure cooker are Cuisinart, and the Rival/Crock Pot company has recently gotten into the game too.
The PPXL's are "okay," I've heard, but would be good for you to read the Customer Reviews for that brand at amazon I'd bet.
And compare to the Customer Reviews and ratings for the Instant Pots (the LUX 6 qt would be somewhat comparable though smaller, but the 6 qt DUO60 is still the best selling IP, and IP has 8 qts sizes in both DUO and now LUX versions --but bigger isn't always better for all of us):
LUX80 (this price is unusually high right now, probably because most sellers at Amazon have temporarily run out of this model):
Power Pressure Cooker XL, 8 qt model:
The Power Pressure Cooker XL's are different in some ways from the Instant Pots though, and one big difference is the stainless steel inner pot IP's come with (PP XL's and most other brands come only with an aluminum inner pot, coated with a non-stick coating...no non-stick coatings are permanent though so the inner pot will have to be replaced eventually, and many people also worry about the coatings coming off into foods during regular use and especially at higher temps).
IP's are known for being very sturdy and well made as well.
They both have modes for slow cooking, and presumably the PPXL can also saute but it's missing the Yogurt mode (which also proofs bread dough) that so many people end up wanting.
Some of the models of Instant Pot also have more modes than the DUO (and LUX) models.
Is this it? [link]
I've been thinking about getting one. I have a rice cooker and I have a slow cooker. Would this replace both of those? AND MORE??
Right on queue - The Instant Pot is the deal of the day on Amazon.
Available for $69.99 instead of $99.99!
Instant Pot is on sale for $69.99 today on Amazon -
Yeah, great sale on an excellent model of Instant Pot -- the 6 qt DUO 7- in-1 at amazon for the next 24 hrs... $30 off, so $69.
I'm not sure if you were aware and it prompted the question, but I figured I'd let you know. They are on sale within $1 of their all time low on Amazon right now.
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Also an Anova and vacuum sealer for the full 360.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, 6 Quart | 1000W [link]
For reference, I'm using [link]
I recommend saving up for an Instant Pot. They're $99, and extremely worth it. You can use it to slow cook, but it's so much more and better than a slow cooker in every regard, except straight price.
I want to buy this kitchen product, the Instant Pot.
It's about $100 depending on the model, has an insane 17,958 customer reviews with a 4.5 star average, seems to be quite a hit in the rest of the world. I noticed that the '6 Quart Plus' model can be shipped to Japan, didn't check carefully yet about 'other sellers' that ship internationally for the other models. But anyway, if I'm able to ship it through Amazon, is the 120V (110?) vs 100V thing a problem here?
There are sellers of it on Amazon Japan too, such as here but they're charging ¥26,700.
And one other thing, this Baratza Virtuoso grinder, any issues with using that in Japan, with the motor and all?
Of course, any recommendations for alternatives to the above available normally in Japan would be helpful too.
Do you know why (other than being a third of the price) I would choose an 'Instant Pot' over 'The Breville Fast Slow Pro Multicooker'?
I'll be honest, I want something easy to use, that's simple to clean and can reduce daily cooking/cleaning time for a 6-adult household and get hammered every sunday for meal prep.
This is pretty much the one I have.
Good luck! Keep us posted. Health and happiness to you and your family. Sorry to hear about the ex, he sounds like a prick.
As for the hassle of cooking, the instant pot or a good crock pot is your best friend.
Here what I've been doing: 1 cup steel cut oatmeal, 3 cups water, cinnamon, vanilla, walnut pieces, almond slices, a little salt, set the Instant Pot pressure cooker to 8 minutes. Afterwards throw in frozen fruit, usually blueberries. (If doing banana, I put it in before cooking.) Store in 2 cup pyrex bowls. When eating I add a little milk and microwave.
This make 5 servings in about 20 minutes. Surprisingly easy.
congrats on your progress!!
if you are looking to spend some money to make life a little easier, grab an instant pot! there are quite a few AIP recipes where you basically just dump everything inside and set it to cook. there is also an older model without the yogurt function that's $90 (i keep telling myself i'm going to make my own coconut yogurt but it has yet to happen, lol).
This recipe is a current favorite of mine. Super easy plus BBQ!!!
Instant Pot. It does so many things. I got mine on the last prime sale and have used it almost every other day since.
So I really want to make this dish, and it looks amazing, but it doesn't look terribly possible without some modifications specifically for the Instant Pot. I forgot to mention this is sort of time-sensitive because I'm an idiot and didn't actually purchase my instant pot before I planned on doing this recipe, and I have about 45 minutes to get this cooking in order for it to be done on time. Cue extreme noob questions:
How can I do step 1 without just doing it separately in a saute pan? There's no basic "on" button that allows this machine to just heat up, as far as I can tell. edit: i'm dumb, i just found the "saute" button
There's no "High" setting, so which setting should I put my cooker on? The buttons look like this. I'm guessing either "meat/stew" or "bean/chili"?
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W [link]
If anyone is on the Specific Carb Diet (SCD), this thing is great for making the 24 hour yogurt!
Get the one on Amazon prime day right meow! [link]
(but seriously if you're going to go serious on a pressure cooker get something like a kuhn rikon which is way better and worth the investment)
I highly recommend the instant pot. Pressure cooking is the tits.
Edit for linky: [link]
Yeah, I was too lazy to sign in to the desktop site to link, but guess I will.
I cook chicken breasts every two weeks. I buy whole breasts by the 40lb box. I cut them into 2"x3" chunks so they cook faster. I fill an Instant Pot pressure cooker with chunks, pour in half a bottle of liquid smoke and press the meat button. The rest of the chunks go in the freezer for the next time. When it's done and the pressure has dropped, I move the chunks to a stand mixer with a flat beater and run it long enough to shred the chicken. Then I measure out shredded chicken to containers. I also cook sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker and add them to the containers of chicken. The containers go in the refrigerator and I use one a day.
I steam some broccoli, cauliflour, or brussels sprouts; warm the shredded chicken and sweet potato, and mix with cashews to make a meal. The cooking manages itself, the mixer shreds the chicken, and I don't spend any time cooking during the week.
Pressure duopot hot pot would be ideal for your situation.
They're not available in most local stores in the U.S. either, though the DUO-ENW at least is/was available at Walmart (or online Walmart only?):
For local stores in Canada, try this store locator though:
As mentioned, most people just buy through Amazon (and the "Warehouse Deals" for each can be cheaper though boxes may have dents, etc...in the U.S. for sure though, amazon will refund those then just order another).
This is the best-selling model at amazon:
Be careful of the exact model you're ordering though so you get the one you're wanting.
(I answered a few things you asked in my comment to vapeducator below too.)
A few points to add:
If you want to make yogurt in an Instant Pot, you'll need to get a "7-in-1" model rather than a 6-in-1. Those come in 5 and 6 qt DUOS, and also in the new Smart.
That seventh function is a two-part program with a low enough temp, etc, to heat milk to 160-180 (actually unnecessary step though), then to hold the milk and culture at a good fermenting temp (about 109 F, though other yogurt makers often use 115 F or so).
I can't think of any other real vision-related problems involved with electric pressure cookers. Oh but perhaps things like:
...since electrics sit on a counter rather than a stovetop, if you're also short you won't be able to see part of the food in the pot unless you pull the electric closer to you on the counter...I pull it only a few inches out and am short, but don't find that much of a problem since I can still see at least half of the food in the bottom
...if your electric ends up in a dark area without light above to shine down into it, you might not see inside quite as well
...sometimes pressure won't build up when it should especially after heating once then cooking again because the silicone ring will have stretched a bit in the heat or just moved a bit when the lid is removed and you might not be able to see its exact position (using a hand will work though)...and sometimes there's a bit of food or film on the rim of the inner pot you might not discern which would need wiping away before seating the lid a second time (I just wipe anyway)
...cooking dried beans (or soaked) is one of the best uses for the IP imo...really easy to do (in several different ways of your choice), and I've even cooked two different kinds of beans at the same time (ones that take about the same amt of cooking time)...if you're interested in that, I'll describe more
...making meat stocks is another of the best uses again because it's so easy, and if you want to leave the house and also want to use a really long pressure cooking time, leaving an electric is way safer than leaving a stovetop over a burner/etc...just make sure the pressure has engaged, then leave and don't worry about getting back (unless the food needs a quick release)
...many people who have 6 qt IP's are cooking only for 1 or 2!... pressure cooking with the "PiP" method (pot-in-pot) means any amt of food can be cooked and as a bonus the inner pot will stay clean...or small amts of foods can be cooked directly in the bottom or on trivets of all kinds; I do that all the time, but also freeze extra portions for non-cooking nights or just eat in the next few days for lunches/dinners ... I quite often cook what you're considering small amts (of stew, veggies, couple of eggs, etc) in my 6 qt DUO and don't really think of those as "small"
...I mentioned ease of cleaning below...this is really important to me since I found my old stovetop to be such a chore to clean (and fit) in my sink and to haul back and forth to the sink to release pressure that I just didn't use it as much as I now use my IP
...a few other advantages for pressure cooking itself and for using an IP instead of a slow cooker are:
--the pressure used in pressure cooking "infuses" (actually pushes) all the flavors in the pot into all the foods inside
--pc's won't heat up kitchens
--unlike slow cookers, pcs won't have all-day odors
...if you want more info from actual users,
1. there's more than you'd ever have time to read in the Customer Reviews of the highest-selling model at amazon...and you can also "ask questions" about it and owners of that model will answer fairly quickly usually:
[link] (...click on "7549 Customer Reviews," or click on "1000 Customer Questions & Answers")
2. and in at least this particular Facebook group for the Instant Pot (there are many more IP groups too):
There's also more info in some of my previous answers and at the IP site itself:
Nom Nom paleos bone broth is a good recipe, I don't put in fish sauce.
Most people I know have this instant pot: [link] It was on sale at black friday for 80$, and I think available at Walmart and on ebay too.
Here's how I make chicken breast taste good cold. I cut it into 2-3 inch chunks and cook it in a pressure cooker with some liquid smoke. I prefer apple smoke. I just cooked 9 pounds all at once.
Just prior, I made sweet potatoes (not yams) in the pressure cooker. They came out so soft they became mashed just by stirring. Add some broccoli or cauliflower and some fat, like avocado slices or pecans, for a balanced meal that hits your macros and tastes good cold.
here is the link:
I'm stuck on the idea of getting an instant pot now - it's like a cross between a pressure cooker and a crock pot AND it can saute. [link]
Low on time?
Best invention ever:
I make yogurt at home using an Instant Pot, but I've seen people do it in a crock pot, and supposedly you can also do it if you have a large glass bowl and a thermometer. All you need to make it is milk and some yogurt you like (and a thermometer if you want to be precise). I usually use plain greek yogurt to make mine, and then I flavor it when I go to eat it. If you want berry flavoring without chunks, use a berry jam or jelly and mix it in to the plain yogurt.
> Want a pressure cooker.
Lovin' every minute of it.
This thing is one of the best kitchen gadgets I've ever bought.
> this one
Wow, the DUO60 7-in-1 is much more expensive in the UK apparently than in the U.S., even considering that here there have been some fantastic sales going on at amazon.com and walmart.com ($78!). Those prices may come back on "Cyber Monday" tomorrow or sometime again before Christmas.
I have that same model and totally love it! (Read all the glowing reviews for it on the US version of amazon to see what I mean--might want to use the Most Recent filter drop-down to narrow down the huge number of ratings there:
Many of the electric pressure cookers are "MULTI-FUNCTION" so they have multiple modes and will do the same jobs as slow cookers, rice cookers, steamers, etc, as well as pressure cooking of course, if desired. I never use other single-purpose units now (except my small rice cooker for small amounts of rice).
The modes on the Instant Pot (and some other electrics) for Slow Cooking, Rice, Steaming, etc, are all programmed to cook at different temps and times though like their individual counterparts (they don't do those particular modes with "pressure" btw, but some other modes will use pressure too), but the pre-set programs take care of all the times/temps automatically unless you want to change them.
Also, the Slow Cook mode on the Instant Pot will by default use slightly lower temps (190 Low, to 210 High) than slowcookers manufactured in the last 15-20 years (temps were changed back then to avoid lawsuits from customers tossing in huge hunks of frozen meat, against advice, then a few getting sick). Those slightly lower temps are a real advantage, and especially when cooking meats with connective tissue to make them tender (because the cartilage-melting only happens best in a certain temperature range, not higher like present-day slow cookers), and/or wanting to slow cook for longer periods (while away at work, e.g.).
There's a bit more about the diff's between slowcookers and using the Slow Cook mode on the IP, etc, in my answer to this question at yahooanswers (as Diane B.), if you're interested:
Oh and btw, just a few other things I like about my Instant Pot (some of which may also be available with other electric multi-function pressure cookers):
....no odors emitted into kitchen at all while cooking (unlike slowcookers, rice cookers, etc)
....stainless steel inner pot really easy to remove and clean (and no Teflon/non-stick to worry about or shorter longevity)
....goes into Keep Warm mode if lid isn't removed after any cooking mode is finished
....can saute and sear in inner pot before beginning any of the other cooking modes
....any mode that uses "pressure" is much faster than cooking in the usual ways, and can also use pre-set modes like Stews to tenderize tough meats, make stews, etc, in faster times because they use pressure
As for more info about using a multi-function pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, there are lots more individual questions I could answer, but perhaps best to do that over at /r/instantpot or /r/pressurecooker ?
Here are a few good links to get started though.
Instant Pot site (the UK version is even better than the U.S./Canadian version):
[link] (also see FAQ's and Recipes)
the "hippressurecooking" site:
[link] (also see Tips & Info)
one of the Facebook blogs:
recent Reddit post on some of the things that can be cooked in an Instant Pot:
[link] (scroll down past the photos of just the IP)
$78.50 in the US (non-referral link)
Totally buying it even though I don't need another kitchen gadget.
> Also - any kind soul, with similar device, willing to share experience with this type of cooker?
I'm not an expert at cooking all possible things in it yet, but I do know a bunch from researching a lot (including reading many of the Customer Reviews and Customer Questions at amazon for it, see below ~~), and might have answers to specific questions if you want them.
I'm using mine now for cooking dry beans quickly (and often in layers or several containers, separately but at the same time, which I'm figuring out), making all the stews and soups I used to make in a Dutch oven or old stovetop pressure cooker, cooking "roasted" potatoes and steamed parsley potatoes, and other things I'm not remembering. And of course, also making chicken and veggie stocks (I freeze each batch in multiple ziptop bags to use later).
Btw, one tip though. Just about the only disadvantage of this pressure cooker is that the silicone-type ring that's used to maintain pressure will begin to smell "savory" once it's been used to cook a savory dish or item. The ring can be washed but that slight odor remains (also good to leave the top open just a bit to air out the pot between uses--you won't smell it).
I also make yogurt in my IP though so I ordered an extra ring to be used only for making yogurt as well as any other "sweet" things I might cook.
Here's more info from instantpot.com if you haven't seen it already:
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This one did.
You're in luck. This one is currently on sale for its lowest ever price.
I have a thing for kitchen gadgets. I have two pressure cookers but this one is more modern and up-to-date.
Of course. I have this one
There are tons of recipes but this is the most helpful info I've found. I invested in this bad boy:
This thing rocks. It's already paid for itself. Used to make tons of chicken breasts which gets expensive. Beans, rice, quinoa all super cheap and super healthy.
Stuff I wish I'd bought in college (from a chick in her 30s):
Hydroflask water bottle. I drop water bottles so often, I've gone through probably 15 in the last 12ish years and they either broke or the metal ones got so deformed they wouldn't stand right anymore. Condensation on tables/desks is a bitch, too. I've dropped my hydroflask at least 3 times now (when it's full) and it's barely got a single discernible dent.
A BIFL backpack. I have so many random-ass gym bags, suitcases, beach bags, weekend bags and broken down messenger bags that I can't even..... There are tons of threads that bags/backpacks are mentioned. Get a badass one and keep it forever.
A crockpot/rice cooker/pressure cooker in one. When my current crockpot dies (in 15 years), I want this one so I can get rid of my pressure cooker. Rice, soups, and beans are cheap and healthy and can be made with a fraction of the time and effort with a machine like this.
If you drink much coffee, an aeropress and Zirojushi water boiler. Once you start cooking more, having warm/boiling water in seconds is fabulous.
A Yeti cup (because again, I drop a lot of stuff) for your coffee/tea/mixed drink/beer needs.
Stainless steel cooking utensils and measuring cups. That plastic shit is a joke.
Stuff I'd buy used:
A good cast iron pan. Used ones will be smooth, even if you have to get rust off and re-season them. This will last for life if you take care of it.
Furniture (CRAIGSLIST) minus mattress. I'm not terribly worried about bed bugs (they're not common in my region) and every piece of furniture we own is from craigslist. I furnished our first apartment for under $1000, which was badass.
A dutch oven. Cast iron or not, enameled or not. Great for soups or whatever.
Vintage Pyrex bowls. They are almost completely indestructible. Ebay, Etsy, and craigslist have an assortment of them at any given time.
Not BIFL items and where to get them:
I really like these sheets for their price and how long they last. They're soft and seem durable. I've had one set for about 2 years, and just got a second set to replace some Target sheets that started getting holes.
Get pooperie instead of air freshener for the bathroom. Covering the stink vs. never allowing it makes a big difference.
Get pillows from TJ Maxx or Home Goods. Better quality/brand names with incredibly minor defects you won't notice once a pillow case is on.
Glass dishes for storage vs. tupperware. They don't stain, you can bake or freeze them... Way more convenient.
That should get you started.
When you go to replace your pressure cooker, keep this brand in mind, they're awesome:
instant pot. No need to settle. It does slow cooking and pressure cooking. 7 - in - 1 is the latest model.
Fish can be simple. Tilapia is your best bet for price, at least I think it is. Buy it frozen, and then just roast it, fry it, whatever. I would also suggest you try shrimp, I do it every now and then, as just a little change. It might just be the Southern in me, but I would stab someone over a good plate of shrimp and grits. Holy fuck that is some good stuff.
[link] - this is pretty damn good, and isn't very hard to do.
One of my favorite ways to eat it, is to just throw it in the oven with some lemon pepper, or just blacken it(think cajun).
Also, look into getting this: [link] You might need to save up for it, but it will be worth it.
Want some brown rice, and you forgot to make it earlier in the day? Cool, give it 22 minutes and go do something else while it cooks it for you. Do you want some pulled pork, barbacoa, pot roast or whatever? Give it about an hour and some change, you'll have it. I usually make about 3 pounds of pulled pork in one go, and then freeze what I don't eat. It can also cook a chicken breast in like 7 minutes, and you can prep a small salad, watch TV, read a few pages of a book, or whatever.
Post-workout is all up to you man, I fall into the belief that you do not need protein right after working out. I eat whatever I want post workout. One day I'll have a wrap, the next I'll have a protein shake, sometimes fruit, and then every now and then nothing. I just eat what I need to meet my daily goals. If you want hash browns, eat those, but throw in something else, something that won't give you a carb crash(I get bad carb crashes if I eat simple carbs after a workout.)
Next 40 minutes its a "Lightning Deal" Dont' know if it really is a good deal though...
Invest in an electric pressure cooker. Most of the good ones have slow cook features besides pressure cooker. You can toss all sorts of things into the pot and have a wonderful meal in little time ... and all hands off. I have the Instant Pot and it gets used almost every day.
This is a favorite for a quick meal in our household - [link]
Pressure cooker #1 .
I have this one and it's pretty great. Also works as a slow cooker and a rice cooker. It's not huge, but great for home use.
my next purchase is going to be this bad boy that does slow cooking, pressure cooking and more: [link]
I believe a good one is this. Gets recommended a lot in /r/pressurecooking as well.
You might find a pressure cooker is a good upgrade for your slow cooker.
I believe a good one is this. Gets recommended a lot in /r/pressurecooking as well.
I had a dinky rice cooker ($20), which had served me faithfully and just fine for a few years. Then, I got the Instant Pot ([link]). Honestly, it saves me a lot of space in my small-ish apartment, even though the pot itself is quite large. It depends on what your needs are. Do you also plan to slow cook, pressure cook or whatever? Is space an issue in your kitchen? How are you on your finances? A $20-$40 pot serves just fine, even if some of the nonstick gets scraped off. It just depends on what you need.
I've never bought a $150 rice cooker with the smart chip inside, but honestly, do you really need to spend that for a single purpose tool? Just wash your rice. I tend to distress it a bit by mashing it up, then washing it again. I kinda followed this technique: [link]
In the end, the rice doesn't stick to each other. If you want to make some porridge/congee, do not wash/distress.
> It's not a good pressure cooker. The hype around the brand is most likely paid online marketing.
What?? Then how would you explain the 4.5 stars rating out of 5 at amazon, and that's ratings from more than 15,000 people (and most all the lower ratings are obviously from people who never learned to use it and made simple errors, many of which were discussed in the manual, etc):
(That particular model is also the best-selling electric pressure cooker on the market in the places it's sold, and Instant Pots are almost exclusively sold by word of mouth...I've never even seen regular marketing for Instant Pots).
And btw, there are only few posts in your search and they cover a couple of different things.
That's not to say that the silicone-compound seal doesn't absorb odors as a couple of people mentioned, but then it's more effective than regular silicone rings. And though the odor can be removed, that's not necessary because it almost never transfers to the next food cooked in the pot.
The sealing ring not always sealing under certain conditions is something that's not discussed in the manual (and should be imo) but it's easily fixed when it happens, and one can always be forewarned it might happen under those conditions after hearing about it.
And btw, unless you can afford the very expensive Breville model, from Australia I think, or the new Fagor which may or may not be better, you won't find another electric pc that has fewer "problems" and still does all the same things and has the same advantages as the IP.
My wife and I have been cooking rice on the stove for 8 years, comes out perfectly every time. I've never seen the need for a rice cooker.
We do use a pressure cooker ([link]) which is pretty awesome that we use for brown rice, because that normally takes so much longer to cook.