As well as spending a lot of time in the commercial kitchen cooking for our wonderful customers, we still have three sons and my Mum at home to feed on a daily basis so sometimes, a helping hand in the kitchen is very welcome!
Looking for a time saving device, Marty and I found the Instant Pot Duo, a 7-in-1 Multi Pressure Cooker. A marvel it said, a life saver it said. Mmmmm, we thought, a tad sceptical, but how wrong could we be...
We purchased the Instant Pot about six months ago now and waited to see what we thought and test it properly before writing a review. All I can say is "WOW". The Instant Duo Pot frees up so much time and enables me to carry on doing other things whilst it gets on producing a fantastic meal for us all.
Straight from the Instant Pot Duo website,
The Duo does everything you can do with 7 other appliances: pressure cooker, sauté pan, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker. Clear the clutter from your counter and do it all with just one tool.
Big, healthy family meals fast
No matter how large your family, or how big your needs, the Duo comes in the right size for you. When preparing side dishes or cooking for 1 or 2 people, the 3L mini is the Duo for you. For families up to 5, go for the 6L (our most popular model!) and for larger families, parties, or full-week meal prep, the big 8L is the smart choice.
Dependable, consistent results
The Instant Pot Duo Series uses the latest 3rd generation technology with an advanced microprocessor that monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and automatically adjusts heating intensity and duration. Even the volume of food is taken into consideration, ensuring that your meals turn out perfectly, every time.
Smart Program timed cooking pre-sets let you “set it and forget it,” freeing you to do other things while the Duo cooks your dinner safely and quickly, with minimal mess and easy clean up.
The sealed cooking chamber makes no noise, gives off no heat and produces no smells. It traps all the aroma in the food without heating up the kitchen. The durable 3-ply stainless steel bottom inner pot eliminates health concerns associated with non-stick coatings. Instant pot 220V is supplied with both UK and EU (SCHUKO) power cables
This world-famous appliance protects you with 10 proven safety mechanisms and patented technologies to meet the highest safety standards and UL certification and give you uncompromised safety and peace of mind."
And it quite literally does what it says on the tin. I use the sauté option quite regularly for browning off meat and onions. But you can then continue using the same pot and add in vegetables, chopped tomatoes etc and have a delicious, tender, stew cooked in under an hour. The 'Keep Warm' button is brilliant for doing just that, ideal if you have people coming and going and can't all sit down at the table at the same time. Minimal washing up too!
One of our all time favourite dishes to make in the Instant Pot Duo is Rice Pudding. It's cooked to perfection in 20 minutes as opposed to hours in the oven and the taste is unbeatable.
So far, I would give the Instant Pot Duo a strong 9/10, and on a good day, 10/10! We could do with one slightly bigger due to the size of the family but for a family of perhaps 4-6, the available sizes would be more than adequate.
If you have got an Instant Pot, let us know how you get on with it, what you use it for and which recipes you recommend it for. We'd love to hear!
PS: We're not on commission(!), this is just a fantastic piece of kitchen equipment we wanted to tell you about.