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25 minutes ago, twiceblessed....nacole said:

Both these people have great recipes.  What I love, is how quick they cook and how tender they are...it's AWESOME!  The second (Flo Lum), she's great... she has a few instant pot youtube videos :)  

 

 

 

I have been watching both of them as well. 

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I am clearly doing something wrong.  If you are a person who never could program his/her VCR the easy to follow instructions will present serious problems.  While I have used it to make pot roast, I don't think that qualifies as Instant Pot.  There is a clear plastic little retaining washer on the inside of the lid that comes off to easily making the  little metal pressure release valve fall out and rendering the pot useless.  They will send you another one if you request to talk to a supervisor in India.  Cleaning the lid and inner pot meticulously will not remove any cooked onion odors that remain after washing. Finally, the wife and I have decided that it is to big to store easily in the MH and will not be taken on any trips as there are many other ways to cook food that do not require 2 cubic feet of storage space.  But thats just me, your experiences may be different. 

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I am clearly doing something wrong.  If you are a person who never could program his/her VCR the easy to follow instructions will present serious problems.  While I have used it to make pot roast, I don't think that qualifies as Instant Pot.  There is a clear plastic little retaining washer on the inside of the lid that comes off to easily making the  little metal pressure release valve fall out and rendering the pot useless.  They will send you another one if you request to talk to a supervisor in India.  Cleaning the lid and inner pot meticulously will not remove any cooked onion odors that remain after washing. Finally, the wife and I have decided that it is to big to store easily in the MH and will not be taken on any trips as there are many other ways to cook food that do not require 2 cubic feet of storage space.  But thats just me, your experiences may be different. 

The silicone gasket does retain some odors, but they don't transfer to foods in my experience. Regardless, you can order a second gasket online that you can use for "non-savory" dishes, and use the stinky gasket when cooking with onion, garlic, etc.

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On 12/16/2016 at 2:18 PM, twiceblessed....nacole said:

Both these people have great recipes.  What I love, is how quick they cook and how tender they are...it's AWESOME!  The second (Flo Lum), she's great... she has a few instant pot youtube videos :)  

 

 

 

YUM ! This look good. I look forward to trying it. Thanks.

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On 12/17/2016 at 10:20 PM, DinDavie said:

I am clearly doing something wrong.  If you are a person who never could program his/her VCR the easy to follow instructions will present serious problems.  While I have used it to make pot roast, I don't think that qualifies as Instant Pot.  There is a clear plastic little retaining washer on the inside of the lid that comes off to easily making the  little metal pressure release valve fall out and rendering the pot useless.  They will send you another one if you request to talk to a supervisor in India.  Cleaning the lid and inner pot meticulously will not remove any cooked onion odors that remain after washing. Finally, the wife and I have decided that it is to big to store easily in the MH and will not be taken on any trips as there are many other ways to cook food that do not require 2 cubic feet of storage space.  But thats just me, your experiences may be different. 

 

22 hours ago, DaveInTN said:

The silicone gasket does retain some odors, but they don't transfer to foods in my experience. Regardless, you can order a second gasket online that you can use for "non-savory" dishes, and use the stinky gasket when cooking with onion, garlic, etc.

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The first thing I made was seasoned chicken thighs and I still notice that smell when I go to use it, but I made oatmeal on Saturday and there was absolutely no taste of it. I'm wondering if heating lemon juice / water in it will get rid of the smell like it does in the microwave. 

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I've found some good Instant Pot or pressure cooker recipes on Pinterest.

This Mongolian beef is really good. http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-mongolian-beef/

Also made some mini cheesecakes that turned out great. http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-heart-shaped-cheesecake/

I usually just use it for stewing frozen chicken. I did also pin instructions for cooking ground beef in it straight from the freezer. It actually worked and tasted good. Great for people like me who can never remember to thaw things.

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9 minutes ago, CJHokie said:

I've found some good Instant Pot or pressure cooker recipes on Pinterest.

This Mongolian beef is really good. http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-mongolian-beef/

Also made some mini cheesecakes that turned out great. http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-heart-shaped-cheesecake/

I usually just use it for stewing frozen chicken. I did also pin instructions for cooking ground beef in it straight from the freezer. It actually worked and tasted good. Great for people like me who can never remember to thaw things.

We have an electric pressure cooker that works great.  Guess since it only does about 5 things it's not a real instant pot.:wacko:

Only drawback to these type of things is they cook real quick, but the cool down/pressure drop time almost feels like it's longer than the cooking time.

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2 minutes ago, Travisma said:

We have an electric pressure cooker that works great.  Guess since it only does about 5 things it's not a real instant pot.:wacko:

Only drawback to these type of things is they cook real quick, but the cool down/pressure drop time almost feels like it's longer than the cooking time.

I have yet to use mine for many of the functions, so a pressure cooker would be fine. I think I used the rice function once to test it, but I have a nice Pampered Chef microwave rice cooker that's easier to clean and faster. I use the poultry button and have used soup or stew, so while those are counted as separate functions, they could be done under just manual pressure cooking. I haven't tried the slow cooker function on it. 

I always use the quick release pressure unless the recipe specifies not to so the food keeps cooking, but I think the heating up/coming to full pressure takes a long time. It's been a while since I used a stove top pressure cooker, but my cousin assures me those take longer to heat up.

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I think time to come to pressure for the Instant Pot depends on whether you use frozen and also how much liquid. The other day I dumped in two packages of frozen Italian sausages, a can of diced tomatoes, some water and a bag of frozen peppers and onions. The result was delicious, but it took a lot longer to heat up than previous things I've cooked in it.

I continue to love my Instant Pot. Every Saturday I make the DaveInTn oatmeal recipe from earlier in this post and I heat up a portion of it for breakfast for several days during the week. I've also made the ribs which were good but I think I'd tweak the recipe a little next time. My family loves pulled pork and the other Sunday I put in two chunks of Boston Butt with some bbq sauce, started it, dressed for church, went to church, came home and changed back into my relaxing clothes and it was ready to shred for pulled pork sandwiches for lunch. Previously I've made pulled pork in the crockpot where I've cooked it on low for 10+ hours but the timing was never right for Sunday lunch. And I like the option of quick release or letting the pressure come down naturally which still keeps it warm. It works well with our crazy schedule. 

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3 minutes ago, Seals said:

I think time to come to pressure for the Instant Pot depends on whether you use frozen and also how much liquid. The other day I dumped in two packages of frozen Italian sausages, a can of diced tomatoes, some water and a bag of frozen peppers and onions. The result was delicious, but it took a lot longer to heat up than previous things I've cooked in it.

I'm sure you are right about that. 

That sounds delicious. Did you use just regular diced tomatoes or Rotel?

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17 minutes ago, CJHokie said:

I'm sure you are right about that. 

That sounds delicious. Did you use just regular diced tomatoes or Rotel?

I used regular because that's what I had in the cabinet. But I bet Rotel would be good too. I think I sprinkled some Italian seasoning in there too. 

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This is modified from a recipe we found online, but it's a winner and everyone here loves this.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal: (serves 2-3)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla (I use 1 tub vanilla Chobani)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • One apple, chopped (we like granny smith, unpeeled is fine)
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup craisins or other dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Put everything in the Instant Pot and stir well.
  2. Put the lid on.
  3. Turn the valve to seal.
  4. Manual cook for 4 minutes.
  5. Let pressure release naturally.
  6. Release any extra pressure.
  7. Stir well and serve.

Let natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure. Eat, enjoy.

We usually double this; if doubling the recipe go 6 minutes on Manual.

*** as with any oatmeal recipe, do not let your pot insert or bowls sit or the remainders will become an impenetrable, unwashable mass of concrete ***

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I made limoncello with the Instant Pot. So far I've made 3 batches- with gain alcohol (Everclear), rum, and vodka.

My preference is vodka, rum, Everclear. My wife's is vodka, Everclear, rum.

We did a tasting of the rum + vodka at a rally and it was a pretty good split of which people preferred.

https://www.copymethat.com/r/mbsIzjp/instant-pot-limoncello/

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