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My Instant Pot arrived yesterday and I’ve already made a pretty good bean and brown rice soup and a big pot of steel cut oats. I could have made either dish on a stove top, but using a pressure cooker was faster and allowed me to leave the dishes cooking unattended.

So far I’m a fan. I just wish we had a little more counter space for it.

Anyway, I missed out on Amazon’s Prime Day $59 deal, so I wound up buying the 6 quart, 7-in-1 Instant Pot for $75 over the weekend. But yesterday Walmart put a 6-in-1 model on sale for $49 and today Amazon matched the price.

So if you don’t need a yogurt maker function, this probably the best price to date for one of the most popular multi-function pressure cooker/slow cooker devices on the market.

That said, Best Buy is running a sale on pressure cookers and air fryers, so if you’re willing to go with an off-brand model you might be able to save even more money.

Here are some of the day’s best deals… and I promise this is probably my last time highlighting the Instant Pot (this week, anyway).

Contertop kitchen appliances

Laptops

PC and mobile accessories

Amazon stuff

You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.

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8 replies on “Daily Deals (7-25-2018)”

  1. The Instant Pot is not bad. I never would have bought one, but we got one as a gift and have been enjoying it. The thing I like about it is that it doesn’t compromise on its functions in order to be a multi-function machine. It’s not just a slow cooker, it’s a good slow cooker. It’s not just a steamer, it’s a good steamer. It’s not just a pressure cooker, it’s a good pressure cooker, etc. In that sense, it really can replace most (if not all) of those other appliances.

    The most surprising use I’ve found for it so far is boiling (well, pressure cooking) eggs. A small pot with only a couple of eggs doesn’t take long to boil. The instant pot takes the same amount of time regardless of the quantity. It takes a little less than 15 min start to finish (come up, 5 – 7 min pressure cook, then come down), which is comparable to the small pot of water with a few eggs. A large pot with a lot of eggs can actually take quite a while, but the instant pot can do a large quantity of eggs in that same 15 min. Plus, the pressure cooked eggs peel wayyyy easier. As such, we’ve been using it to boil just a handful of eggs, even.

    1. Ooh, that’s good to know. We usually only do a few eggs at once, so we probably won’t save much time. but easier peeling sounds very appealing (pun intended).

    2. My other favorite use has been a casserole-type rice dish. It’s the one meal that seems to be truly unique to the instant pot, but also quite good. Take a whole chicken (fryer hen, and it’s cheap – like $6 cheap), cut it in half and season the bejesus out of it. Pressure cook the two halves for 30min with a cup or two of water, then gently remove them (because they will fall apart easily). Place them in a pan and put them in the oven on broiler mode for just a few minutes to crisp the chicken.
      Meanwhile, the instant pot is full of broth from the chicken, so add 1 or 2 cups of rice (depending on how much liquid is left) and whatever else you think tastes good (I’ve been using chopped onion and crumbled broccoli) and put it on rice mode. After just a few minutes you have a crisped, seasoned whole chicken and a really good rice side-dish.

  2. Grant(and Brad)…I appreciate these comments on these Instant Pots. I picked up the MIdea 11 yesterday from Newegg’s Flash Sale for 24.99…NOW, I’m looking at it closer and I’m wondering is this thing an actual instant pot? What actually makes these an “Instant Pot”, the pressure cooking function? At any rate, I’ve got a Midea 11 inbound and I’m looking forward to breaking it in.

    Yogurt? I prefer to make mine wrapped in a heating blanket inside of a cooler. That, for me has been the most consistent method. In the summer…I’m usually making tzatziki on a regular basis. Summer is also good time for making Chimichurra.sauce as well. I use variants of Chef John’s recipes(Food Recipe’s Blog) for both.

    Liliputing and Instant Pot’s…smile.

    1. Instant Pot is a brand name, and it seems to be one of the most popular multi-function pressure cooker/slow cooker/bunch-of-other-things devices on the market. But if the off-brand model does what you need, go for it.

      The recent price drops on the Instant Pot make it kind of a no-brainer given all the positive reviews that the company’s products have. But I’m sure there are probably some good options from other companies.

    2. One other great use I get from the Instant Pot is bringing food to Potlucks. Sometimes it takes lots of planning and coordination to make something at home and ensure that it is still warm by the time people start eating. Plenty of instant pot recipes can cook quickly enough that I can bring my Instant Pot, along with all the ingredients (all uncooked and mixed in a container), and I’ll cook it on location.

      Many pressure cooker recipes take less than 10 minutes, and some less than 5 minutes. Rice or Quinoa takes 1 minute. My Butter Chicken takes 5 minutes.

      1. Thanks for the responses…

        I’d like that Butter Chicken recipe Grant!

  3. Don’t worry about not having the yogurt mode, nobody in my family liked the yogurt it makes.

    My favorite thing about the instant pot is that if you’re making 1 component of your dinner that takes drastically longer than the other parts to cook, you can coordinate the readiness of everything easier.

    Example: if you’re making a meat and potato dish, some methods of cooking potatoes take 45 minutes to 1 hour. Figuring out when to start cooking meat to align everything is hard. In the instant pot, i can cook potatoes about the speed as grilling a few steaks on the bbq.

    Edit: it was brought to my attention that the method we used to make yogurt (I wasn’t the one who made it, and I didn’t sample it myself) was just a plain unsweetened yogurt. Im curious to try it myself now, because I prefer plain yogurt, and plain yogurt is also really handy for cooking.

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