My Personal Instant Pot Review


I like the time saved using my Instant Pot for the last several months. So I have updated my review with new information that may help you.

The Instant Pot is a programmable electric pressure cooker. It is a 7-in-1 multi-function cooker combining the benefits of a pressure cooker, sauté, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, rice cooker, and food warmer. It speeds up cooking time while producing nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent manner.

The Instant Pot is a convenient and kitchen-friendly time saver. With 14 convenient programs, you can make your everyday cooking as easy as pushing a button. The box includes rice paddle, soup spoon, steam rack, measuring cup, condensation collector, user manual, and recipe booklet.

Instant Pot imageProduct: Instant Pot
Price: $99.00
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Manufacturer: Instant Pot Company, Ottawa, Canada

My Personal Instant Pot Review

We achieve our best cooking results using the set of smart cooking programs built into the Instant Pot. The programs are stored in and executed by an advanced microprocessor chip inside the Instant Pot control panel. These programs were chosen after extensive testing various food content by the company.

Instant Pot control panelThe Instant Pot has fourteen pre-programmed settings that automatically process the most common dishes. The control panel has an LED display, 2 pressure indicators, 3 mode indicators, 4 operation keys, and 14 function keys.

The Instant Pot has automatic cooking functions for meat/stew, beans/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain, porridge, and rice. You can also adjust the cooking times. The Instant Pot Recipe book has extensive cooking timetables.

I have been reluctant to use a pressure cooker in the past because of safety concerns. It was probably irrational to think of hot food splashing everywhere. But the Instant Pot was built with safety in mind. It has 10 safety features and is UL safety certified.

Just the other day, we could not open the pot. I made chili and let the pressure return to normal like we usually do. I took some chili out to taste and put the lid back on. When we tried opening it again, the lid would not turn to the open position. It turns out the residual heat from the chili reactivated the pressure seal preventing us from opening the pot. Venting the pot again enables us to open the pot and enjoy some great chili.

Now that we are eating healthier than before, our Instant Pot gives us plenty of options. We can:

  • braise
  • pressure cook
  • stew
  • steam
  • simmer
  • slow cook
  • saute/brown
  • ferment
  • make yogurt
  • warm food

The Instant Pot made our rice cooker and crock pot redundant! I also needed to replace the slow cooker as well because I broke the handle off while cleaning it.

The first thing my wife made with the Instant Pot was beef stew. It cooked faster under pressure in the Instant Pot than it ever did in the crock pot.

My wife also experimented making Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs (Thịt Kho). This is a traditional Vietnamese dish eaten as part of the New Lunar Year celebration. She does not make it very often because braising pork belly is a low and slow process.

Vietnamese traditional braised pork and whole egg food.We were not sure whether we could add whole cooked eggs to the Instant Pot while braising the pork! So she added one egg to the pot. The egg cooked fine and did not turn to mush as we imagined! So my wife added the remaining eggs and finished cooking the dish. We, particularly the grandkids, loved the results!

We also learned not to use too much water with the Instant Pot! My wife occasionally uses a water-filled pot to cook boiled purple potatoes. We debated how much water to add. We found out what worked on a stovetop does not work in an Instant Pot! Adding too much water caused the potato skins to rupture.

We like the saute feature. The Instant Pot saute feature lets you brown the meat to seal the natural juice before starting pressure cooking. So you do not have to use a separate pan to brown the meat first.

However, I prefer to brown 2 pounds of hamburger in a large skillet or wok on the stovetop. It just seemed easier because the Instant Pot is so deep.

Speaking of meat, it is important to know that the size of the 6-quart Instant Pot inner container is 6.3×8.66 inches. Cooking large cuts of meat such as a beef roast will need to be smaller than this.

Since the recipe above for Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs include whole hard-boiled eggs, the following video shows how easy it is to hard boil eggs in an Instant Pot.

The above video shows how the Instant Pot can cook everything consistently over time. The video shows the Instant Pot timer set to six minutes to hard boil the eggs. 6 minutes works for us! I now use the Instant Pot to boil all eggs. Because the results are always the same!

Also, because cooking a dish like Braised Pork on the stove top takes a long time, you must check it often. This is to add additional liquid to replace broth/liquid lost during cooking. There is no need to check when using an Instant Pot.

Our 70-pound rescue dog, Coco.I recently began making homemade dog food for our 7-year old, 70-pound Pitbull Terrier mixed breed. We adopted her from a senior dog sanctuary in Maryland. She has several health issues, most notably, arthritis, which reduced her mobility.  When we did a “meet and greet” before adopting her, I noticed she had difficulty climbing stairs. This was almost a deal breaker for us.

14-pound batch of homemade dog food made using an Instant Pot

15 pounds of home made dog food

Being 70 pounds, Coco eats 2 pounds of food a day. So I cook her food once a week in 15-pound batches. Unlike commercial dog food, I could control what she eats. Plus, I could eliminate grains, reduce the volume of starchy vegetables, and improve the quality of protein. My Instant Pot cooks so much faster saving me time making dog food. I could not do it without my Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Summary

The Instant Pot has proven to be a convenient, versatile kitchen tool. Easy to use and easy to clean, the Instant Pot has earned its place on our kitchen counter. No longer cooking processes for us!

Wondering if you should take the plunge and start cooking with a pressure cooker?

This is what Gordon Ramsay says about cooking on a budget, “You don’t need expensive proteins. Just make them incredible with how you cook them or prepare them – a pressure cooker is a great way of making these foods go a long way, is to cook them deliciously.”

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  • DonnieK says:

    In my reviewing of your review of the review and use of your “Instant-Pot”, I can see in your reporting manner that you are very much pleased with the functioning and your results gained from using it! 

    It is not usual that I can read a review and almost feel the reviewers’ emotion being expressed in the review.  The fact that you offer several different means for how you use yours and the results are pleasing to you and your family.  I see that it has been a family affair in finding different ways to enjoy it.

    With so many other similar pots on the market, how was it that you choose this particular brand/model over some of the competitors on the market.

    As I started reading your review, it started out sounding like a Crock Pot but as you went into details of what you can do with your Instant-Pot, I found out early that this is much more that a Crock-Pot. 

    The fact that you stated what kind of items you are able to produce with your Instant-Pot:

    It is a 7-in-1 multi-function cooker combining the benefits of a pressure cooker, sauté, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, rice cooker, and food warmer.

    That let me know you were on to something totally different!

    Cooking can be a task that pressures us to hurry through at times but I see this product reducing time while allowing you a way to turn cooking into an adventure!

    Thank you for sharing your results on how you use this product and suggestions!

    • Glen Palo says:

      Thanks for your very thorough comments, DonnieK! We like the ability to make one-dish meals like chili with our Instant Pot. The left-overs are great the next day.

  • Taetske says:

    Good Morning Glen,

    I read your post with interest as I have been reluctant of buying a pressure cooker myself.

    You pointed out all the important details like the 14 programs it has. That is a lot and it will do whatever dish you want to prepare. I also was a bit aprehensive if the pot would not blow up one day. Luckily you said it has 10 safety features so that makes me confident I will not have a accident with it.

    The Vietnames dish Thit Kho your wife makes looks very tasty. Coco can consider herself a happy dog with getting home made meals cooked for her.

    All in all I think you have convinced me with your post so next time my better half takes me shopping we will for sure come home with an Instant Pot.

    Regards, Taetske

    p.s. I went to your About page and saw you are a golfer, well, that was one of my hobbies also for 11 years.

    I liked the bit where you said your Mom was an inspiration as she started her own company. We can consider ourselves very blessed to have such good parents.

    • Glen Palo says:

      Thank you, Taetske. I was reluctant to buy a pressure cooker, too! But the safety features convinced me. Now, I use our Instant Pot more than my wife. I may even buy the 8-quart model as they are on sale now!

  • Jill says:

    The Instant Pot sounds really a great thing to have which will save a lot of time and energy. It was great to see all the safety features. Having had experience of a pressure cooker and steam burns (not good), this looks so much better to use.

    Cooking in bulk is perfect for anyone, with a family, or on one’s own as it saves so much electricity. The extra food can be frozen and still tastes good. In fact stews, curries etc. always taste better the second day.

    The Instant Pot Review was good as it was so personalized which makes it much more believable.

    • Glen Palo says:

      Thank you, Jill. One of my favorite dishes to make with our Instant Pot is chili. If it lasts into the second day, the chili is even better. Chili is a great way to get the kids to eat veggies as I add in fresh tomatoes and red or yellow bell peppers. I also add in my secret ingredient, which adds a more savory taste (more meaty flavor). High quality fish sauce.

  • Daniel says:

    Wow I am so impressed with this pot. I have never seen that one thing can do so many things at once. I enjoy in cooking and I think that price is nothing compared what it can do. I must show this to my mom, she likes this type of pots but I know that she will be surprised too. Do you think it ships outside United Stats?

  • rachidi says:

    Love this article guys, the instapot sounds like a dream!! Hope I get to add it to my kitchen repertoire soon! Such a great guide too…I feel like I already know how to work one

  • Very useful review Glen. I own a DUO 60 but looking to buy another one. Have you tried Ultra yet?

    • Glen Palo says:

      Thanks! I have not tried the Ultra yet. We have the 6 quart model, but we may buy the 8 quart version in the near future.

  • Emma says:

    Great post, I don’t have an instant pot, I use my steamer and oven to cook everything , I’m lazy .the Instant pot looks very convenient , are you sure you can even make yogurt? That sounds amazing , have you tired making yogurt? Does it work?very interested in the product.

    • Glen Palo says:

      Thanks for commenting Emma. The Instant Pot is very convenient. I made chili last night. It took 15 minutes to chop the veggies and brown the meat. Plus another 15 minutes cooking under pressure. I made enough for several days. My wife has not made yogurt in several months. I guess I should ask her to make some since the two youngest granddaughters are visiting. My wife usually makes yogurt using a warm water bath in the oven overnight.

  • Karen says:

    Your review of the instant pot is great…and I love the video. I buy farm fresh eggs from a neighbor who has several chickens and while I love the freshness, I hate peeling them when making hard boiled eggs. It’s almost impossible. But watching you easily peel an egg is a big plus. I’m actually looking at pressure cookers and grateful that I came across this review as I had not heard of the instant pot. I think I’ve made my decision thanks to your review.

    • Glen Palo says:

      Hi Karen. Thanks for commenting. I found peeling eggs after using the Instant Pot very easy. My wife usually buys our eggs from a local farmer. So we know they are fresh. Even the store bought eggs cooked in the pot peel easily.

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