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It's an electric (or programmable) pressure cooker so it's not a conventional pressure cooker as it has been understood for years. In fact, I didn't even know people still used them until recently!
The Instant Pot also has the advantage of having many other functions: slow cooking, sautéeing, yogurt, porridge, steam, keeping food warm... and 6 litres capacity.
So, what is the difference between a conventional pressure cooker and an electric one like the Instant Pot?
Think of the difference as that between a stove-top kettle and an electric kettle. They both boil water but they use different sources of energy. The stove-top kettle whistles when the water has boiled. The electric one just switches off.
Well, this is very similar. The Instant Pot doesn't whistle during use and the steam doesn't release until after. In fact, it has two ways of releasing that steam: the natural way (time) or the express way (turning a little nozzle carefully to quickly release the steam).
Who doesn't remember hearing horror stories about stove-top pressure cookers in the eighties? The Instant Pot feels very safe, it has a large amount of safety features that have made a scaredy cat like me feel very safe when using it (this is a big one for me). There are only a couple of rules to remember from what I've seen so far and they are soon built into you when using it. More advice on getting started soon.
So, how did I come across the best Instant Pot discount ever in the UK? Well, that is down to my Facebook comunity. A few months ago the name Instant Pot started crawling into my rather gadget oriented group. First one owner had one, then another, then another and they were all raving about it.
After a while of reading about it, how it was being used and the interest that other group members were showing, I approached the Instant Pot company in the UK to see if they would be amenable to a little exclusive discount for my group (the fact that it's nearing 1,300 UK-based members had to count for something, right?). The company (very proactive) not only took me up on my suggestion but offered me the biggest discount going in the UK and an Instant Pot for me to try.
The Instant Pot came while I was in Edinburgh for the Quirky Cooking UK Tour so it had to stay in its box for days! Once I had tried it and I was happy with the machine, the company gave me the discount code and my group members got ordering.
My Facebook group has had access to this discount for a week and tons of members have taken advantage and already have their brand new gadgets at home. I can now extend it to you too (that is if Instant Pot hasn't run out of stock thanks to my group members so you may want to hurry up).
By using code ft20151 at the checkout on the Instant Pot website to buy the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1 Electric Pressure Cooker, you will get £25 off (so £104 instead of £129) + free delivery + a free sealing ring. Note: There is no need to add the sealing ring to the basket (the wording of the voucher doesn't mention it but the code will trigger the warehouse to add the sealing ring). Valid until June 30th 2015.
What have I cooked in it so far?
|The first thing I cooked: 1 Minute Quinoa|
Now, the chicken fajitas have sealed the deal! I have never had a slow cooker and my version of fajitas is pretty easy as it is but with the Instant Pot they were wonderfully easy, no need for the oven to preheat and, because of the slow cooking function, I was able to get them started in the afternoon when T was back from school and leave them slow cooking until husband got home much later.
Hot food, made by yours truly, still warm with no need to reheat? This is a huge winner for someone like me.
Do let me know if you order or if you already have one. We will all learn together.
If you have any questions or particular things you'd like me to cook in the Instant Pot to give you my feedback, just leave me a comment or send me an email to email@example.com and I'll see what I can do! The Instant Pot people are also very dynamic so make sure you ask them any technical questions you may have.
Disclosure: I was sent a free Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 after my email and before being provided the discount to make sure I really loved it. I did. Absolutely love it.