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Old 07-15-2016, 11:07 PM   #31
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:53 AM   #32
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I'm a bachelor about to move to Ireland on my own... does Amazon sell these things over there? They could be quite an enabler for me, especially as I love rice.
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:11 PM   #34
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I'm a bachelor about to move to Ireland on my own... does Amazon sell these things over there? They could be quite an enabler for me, especially as I love rice.
My daughter was never a fan of brown rice until she tasted it made in the Instant Pot. Now she says she likes it. Jasmine rice is also nice, not mushy at all.
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #35
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We had our first mis-step last night. My wife tried one-pot spaghetti and meatballs, but best we can figure, we didn't add enough water to the sauce, so the timer ran, but it never came up to pressure, and some of the sauce scorched on the bottom.
Happily we could salvage the meal (suffering only slightly oddly textured pasta) and the pot cleaned up easily enough.
A pot roast is on the menu for tonight.
With the several free PC cookbooks this week, I see a lot of PC meals in our near future.
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I've heard this Sous Vide term before but don't really understand what it is. What foods do you cook using this method?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide

Just about anything actually, though apparently the temperature of the Keep Warm function is too high for fish and eggs. I have the Smart model that accepts commands via Bluetooth, so I can set it to heat to a lower temperature and hold it for as long as I want. Sous Vide doesn't brown, though. You have to do that either before or after.

http://instantpot.com/sous-vide-duck-breast/
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My Instant pot finally arrived today. I only just read the booklet that came with it. I haven't even taken it out of the box yet. I don't have space currently on my counter due to a cabinet mishap, which will hopefully be fixed by maintenance tomorrow. As in, my cabinets are falling down.
Joys of living in old apartments.

So its safe for now in the box. I was pleasantly surprised that is has a detachable cord. But I need to read some more as right now, all the stuff in the booklet is a tad bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope that will go away when I actually get to use it.

I'll probably make something like a roast of stew in it first. I make many of those in the slow cooker so I feel comfortable most with that.

I am a bit baffled at some of the times listed in the booklet. A whole chicken in 20-25 minutes? A cornish hen in 10-15? It doesn't say though if one has to let naturally come down with pressure, or fast. That is what the confusing part for me is at this point. When to use what release. I do know I won't be touching that release valve when making anything with beans. I learned that the hard way years back when I had another brand of electric PC and foam just comes right out the valve.
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:23 PM   #38
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For most things, letting it sit for 10 minutes before releasing pressure is fine. The main exceptions are veggies and poached eggs - quick release is necessary to prevent overcooking. Beans, rice and oatmeal are all "natural" (or 10 min) release.

The whole chicken is delicious. And you can make broth from the carcass.
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:27 PM   #39
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My recommendation for the best cookbook after sampling a few is Hip Pressure Cooking by Laura Pazzaglia which is now available from Overdrive. It is not specific to the Instant Pot but includes electric pressure cooking instructions.
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My recommendation for the best cookbook after sampling a few is Hip Pressure Cooking by Laura Pazzaglia which is now available from Overdrive. It is not specific to the Instant Pot but includes electric pressure cooking instructions.
Laura has a lot of recipes and tips on her website, too: Hip Pressure Cooking - Recipes.
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Thanks -- I think I should skim the recipes, to see if I would actually *use* this thing.
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Thanks -- I think I should skim the recipes, to see if I would actually *use* this thing.
You might also check out the free sample of the cookbook above, right on that overdrive link, even you don't have access to the book. The first chapter gives a great intro to how and why to use a pressure cooker, though I'm not sure she gives electrics like the IP enough credit.
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Important safety tip for new IP users:
MAKE SURE THE COOKING POT IS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER BEFORE POURING WATER INTO THE PRESSURE COOKER!

The support guy said that happens surprisingly often.


Thank goodness for GFCI outlets. Between that, and the fact that the bottom of the IP comes off for easy drying, we dodged a bullet.

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Important safety tip for new IP users:
MAKE SURE THE COOKING POT IS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER BEFORE POURING WATER INTO THE PRESSURE COOKER!

The support guy said that happens surprisingly often.


Thank goodness for GFCI outlets. Between that, and the fact that the bottom of the IP comes off for easy drying, we dodged a bullet.

Oh no! I have heard of that happening to others and I'm afraid of doing it myself! I'm glad all seems to be functional with your pot.
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I finally used it a couple of days ago. It didn't go smooth, as I ranted on another forum. Its just that I find the instructions confusing and when you already intimidated, it doesn't help. I wasn't sure what the float pin looks like when under pressure as it didn't change from when I put the lid on. I didn't know it was working, until after the cooking time and when I released the steam, then the pin dropped a bit. But it was as high as it was under pressure when I put it on. So that was confusing. I figured it would stick out higher. Be nice to have some pics of that in the manual. The timing stuff is also confusing.

I used a recipe that used the meat/stew button, which says 35 minutes. But in the chart in the booklet it says for stew 20 minutes. That is a huge difference and it doesn't say what release on that chart, natural, instant, no clue.

Anywho, I made Thai beef curry and it came out really good. I used the recipe from this site.

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/13958635...hai-beef-curry

It uses the preset button and it was very very tender. I like it that way, but others might want more chewiness. I don't like my beef chewy though. I just cut up a chuck roast on sale into 1.5 inches large chunks.
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