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    • Anoneemoose
    • By Anoneemoose 13th Sep 17, 10:54 PM
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    Pressure King Pro/Instant Pot
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    • 13th Sep 17, 10:54 PM
    Pressure King Pro/Instant Pot 13th Sep 17 at 10:54 PM
    Hi,

    I've been looking at these recently as I have issues with cooking due to health. Does anyone have either of them and would you recommend or not?

    I have never been a fan of slow cookers because I often found things tasted bland, so I am hoping to avoid that sort of thing. Wasn't sure if this sort of cooker was similar in that everything tastes samey.

    Thanks in advance.

    Anon
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    • retiredlady
    • By retiredlady 14th Sep 17, 7:12 AM
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    I have one and quite like it. It is basically a slow cooker and a pressure cooker all in one. I've only used the pressure cooker method so far which worked fine. And less scary then my old pressure cooker!
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    • richj
    • By richj 14th Sep 17, 7:28 AM
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    dead easy to use, recipes pretty good.
    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 14th Sep 17, 10:27 AM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 10:27 AM
    there is another thread on the old style board about these, also they have a Facebook page
    • Helebore
    • By Helebore 14th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
    I have an Instant Pot and I love it! I moved into a flat with a miniscule kitchen area and although there is a hob I do not have the room to use hob and other stuff at same time. Plus hob electric so would take ages to cool down to place other stuff back on it. So bought 6 ltr instant pot. Yay I can have boiled eggs again! And cooking meat that may need browning which obviously I was unable to do. And boiled potatoes. I was using my microwave to cook which although was fine was not what I wanted to do long term. And it is soo quick! Not like the old style pressure cookers, doesn't take so long to come to pressure and to lose pressure at end you just move valve. I made a stew from frozen meat in about 30 ish minutes, which in slow cooker I would leave all day. I haven't used slow cooker in IP yet, no real need as my stew tasted better than slow cooked! If you want more info do go to the FB page 'Instant Pot UK Community' and you will see much more than I can tell you.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 14th Sep 17, 2:30 PM
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    First of all thanks to the OP for this thread . I'm another who isn't a fan of slow cooking - old style heresy I know - I find the flavours aren't defined as in other cooking methods .
    I bumped an earlier thread a couple of days ago as I'm dithering whether to buy the IP or not .
    Like the OP I have mobility problems and reading the replies here I think I've found my solution
    Thanks for the replies Helebore you've clarified a number of points for me especially that I can pressure cook rather than slow cook .Hopefully I can do my stews , soups etc as I used to in my old workhorse pressure cooker now sadly far too heavy for me to handle .
    polly .
    • Helebore
    • By Helebore 14th Sep 17, 2:53 PM
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    Also if you can wait a while I think they may be bringing out a 3 ltr version but not sure when. Do join that facebook group if you can to get questions answered. I have made soup this week, seems fine so far! You don't have to move the pot, unlike the pressure cookers of old, if I remember but so long ago that I had one I cannot really remember!
    • Anoneemoose
    • By Anoneemoose 14th Sep 17, 4:33 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 4:33 PM
    Thank you for the replies. I'm still on the fence, but mainly because I don't want it to end up being just another unused gadget! I have joined the FB group, so will have a browse on there to get more of a feel for it.
    • Anoneemoose
    • By Anoneemoose 14th Sep 17, 4:37 PM
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    First of all thanks to the OP for this thread . I'm another who isn't a fan of slow cooking - old style heresy I know - I find the flavours aren't defined as in other cooking methods .
    I bumped an earlier thread a couple of days ago as I'm dithering whether to buy the IP or not .
    Like the OP I have mobility problems and reading the replies here I think I've found my solution
    Thanks for the replies Helebore you've clarified a number of points for me especially that I can pressure cook rather than slow cook .Hopefully I can do my stews , soups etc as I used to in my old workhorse pressure cooker now sadly far too heavy for me to handle .
    polly .
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    I always feel odd when I say I don't like slow cooker stuff. I do have a slow cook function on my oven which is good and actually much better because it doesn't seem to have the blandness about it in the oven (even on slow cook).

    The think I like about this sort of cooker is the speed and fact that you can use from frozen. One of my issues is forgetting to get stuff out of the freezer and then having nothing ready! Then resorting to takeaway or ready meals!
    • annab275
    • By annab275 18th Sep 17, 7:56 AM
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    I use mine everyday for soups, beans cooked from dry without soaking, stews etc. Wouldn't be without it
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 18th Sep 17, 8:32 AM
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    I use mine a lot, mainly for rice - have no trouble with rice in the pot but I like the fact that it keeps warm for a while so I don't have to panic about it getting burnt/cold if everything else is ready later than expected.

    To be honest, I wouldn't say the flavour of things is any better than the slow cooker, or even the convenience - but I have a Morphy Richards Sear and Stew so I can fry the onions etc on the hob then put it on low all day.
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    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 18th Sep 17, 8:50 PM
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    M&M When you talk of the flavour not being better than a slow cooker are you speaking of pressure cooker or slow cooker mode?
    If I decide to get the IP I was intending to mainly use it as a pressure cooker . Looking on the site you can saute on the hob first using the inner SS pot so I was intending to do that when needed .
    So far I have ordered a book from a seller which I can probably use even if I don't buy the IP . I just want to get an idea if it is what I need , I don't do FB or Twitter so appreciate the posts here . Once again thanks to the OP .
    polly
    • SIRENS
    • By SIRENS 19th Sep 17, 7:34 AM
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    I also have an IP and I love it, I also use it for rice and lots of soup, you can also cook meat from frozen which is handy if you've forgotten to defrost! I do still use my slow cooker fior stew as the ip is not quite big enough for the amount of veg and dumplings I cram in. However it's a brilliant appliance and has not been banished to the back of the cupboard, it still lives in my counter top and I've had it nearly two years now.
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    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 19th Sep 17, 8:13 AM
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    I have one and love it. Use the yogurt function, soup, slow cooker, pressure.
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    • tiredwithtwins
    • By tiredwithtwins 19th Sep 17, 10:37 PM
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    I bought a pressure king pro as I was sucked in by the advert - it was about £70. I haven't used it much as it didn't live up to the hype ... the steam tray that you are supposedly able to sit on the inner rim of the pan just slips into the pan. its ended up as a gadget just sat in a cupboard ... although I really should use it for soups as I love soup and now its getting cooler I can take a flask of soup for lunch.
    the other thing I don't like about the pkpro is that the cooking bowl is difficult to get out of the machine when it has food in it ... plus the lid can be a bit fiddly to clean.
    I use my slow cooker regularly and I have to say this is my favourite ... I regularly use a steamer for veg too.
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    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 30th Sep 17, 9:51 PM
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    I've only recently become aware that such a thing as an electric cooker exists.
    I have been looking at the various models online and am very tempted by the Instant Pot, mainly because of the stainless steel bowl.
    I have some questions.
    In my old pressure cooker there were three separate inserts that fitted in the pan on top of the trivet, so that the different veggies were kept apart. There doesn't seem to be anything like that in any of the electric ones. How do you keep things apart.
    The more expensive model has a yogurt setting. Is this worth having? Do you need to buy the yogurt pot set to go in it? My efforts of yogurt making in the slow cooker have always been a bit hit and miss, I suspect because the temperature isn't low enough.

    Is the 6lt model a decent size? There are three of us at home.

    Does the time work for all the different cooking settings?

    Thanks
    • AlisonW
    • By AlisonW 9th Oct 17, 6:31 PM
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    I've been obsessively looking at Instant Pot IP sites since I posted the above.
    Some meals look really good. A lot of the pulled meat ones on the other hand, quite frankly,
    look like cat or dog food. One woman cooked a chicken till all the meat fell off the bone then attacked it with a food mixer to 'shred' it.

    I've signed up for the Facebook group, but I don't 'do' FB very well and find it frustrating to use.
    My mum has used a hob top PC for many years, I do remember a lot of her stews being very watery, though tasty, she doesn't thicken them. I also remember her doing pork chops in them, which still makes me shudder to think of! (Though I have read in threads that pork is tricky to get right in PCs)

    Does anyone know from past experience, if the IPs are likely to be discounted in the run up to Christmas? Amazon Prime events, black Friday, Blue Monday, whatever it is the stores do.
    Or is it more likely that it will be an opportunity for them to get rid of old models they have in stock?
    Thanks
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 9th Oct 17, 6:38 PM
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    You don't need to saute your meat on the hob, there's a saute setting on the IP.
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