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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 07:38 PM

I bought an Instant Pot DUO-80 from Amazon Prime, with the steamer attachment.

 

Eight quart pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, saute pan, soup and stew cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, all kinds of features. Can be used in pressure cooker or conventional mode. Digital, can use delayed cooking, or cook and keep warm. 

 

There's a warning about cooking beans, rice, etc. Have to clean out the pressure vent. Lots of warnings, I suspect some folks may have worn the hot beans, etc.

 

I plan to read the instruction manual for this, before I actually cook anything in it.  Here's the link to a description on Wal-Mart.

 

 

 

https://www.walmart....Cooker/55042612


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 07:44 PM

I am very close to talking myself into getting the Ultra -- which also does sous vide.

 

I am, however, deathly afraid of pressure cooking beans.

 

And to tell you the truth, the extended cooking time of a slow cooker makes things easier for me, not harder.  So maybe not.

 

I look forward to reading about your experiences with this.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:18 PM

But can it core a apple?

 

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:38 PM

 

 

I am, however, deathly afraid of pressure cooking beans.

 

 

on any given day beans are being pressure cooked in at least 100 million indian homes.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 08:44 PM

But can it core a apple?

 

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#6 joethefoodie

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:52 PM

People love the Insta-Pot.

 

I have yet to succumb.



#7 Wilfrid

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:36 PM

Nick Gatti scared me about pressure cookers. I think he viewed them as unexploded bombs.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:50 PM

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my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#9 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 11:12 PM

I guess I'll have to change my password on the Instant Pot...
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Posted 14 July 2017 - 05:03 AM

Great, now that our architect has convinced us to get a zinc counter, I have to ask him how Insta-Pot bean explosions might affect the finish.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 12:30 PM

We got one a few months ago and we love it.  It's pretty nice to be able to cook a pork shoulder in 90 minutes instead of 10 hours.  We also love it as a rice cooker.  We haven't used the other functions much -- we pretty much use it for rice or meat.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:16 PM

Great, now that our architect has convinced us to get a zinc counter, I have to ask him how Insta-Pot bean explosions might affect the finish.


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#13 prasantrin

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:18 PM

eG has an excellent thread on the pot. Also see maomaomom.com for some very good Chinese recipes (according to my friend, anyway. She said the pot has been popular in the Chinese community for a couple of years) and hippressurecooking.com is supposed to be the best site for helpful hints, including for cooking beans and rice. I bought one black Friday, and haven't used it yet. Haven't even opened the box.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

I use ours a lot for grains, pulses, very tough meats, but like any gadget a lot of recipes out there fly too close to the sun.

My observation is that cooking times tend to be understated in a lot of recipes.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:24 PM

Pressure cooker recipes tend to discount the pressurizing and depressurizing times. 

 

Also one thing I'm curious about is that the norteamerican PC recipes I've seen tend to skip adding baking soda during soaking (or mention it as an old folks way of reducing gas), which can only result in lackluster pulses. 


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