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Instant Pot — An RVing mother’s dream

Instant Pot -- An RVing mother's dream
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Summary:

Let's face it, cooking in a small RV kitchen can be a challenge! Any time that I find a product that will save me time, effort, and money, my interest is piqued. Throw in features such as versatile and multi-use, saving on propane costs, being easy to clean, and energy efficient, and I'm sold.

The Instant Pot 7-in-1 programmable cooker is an electric slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and steamer. It saute's, warms, and even makes yogurt! Because it is so versatile, I was able to replace three cookers with one, which freed considerable room in my limited cupboard space.

Current models of the Instant Pot include:

  • IP-DUO60 - current technology, 6 quart, best bang for your buck
  • IP-DUO50- current technology, 5 quart
  • IP-SMART - newest Bluetooth enabled technology. If running your pressure cooker from your smart phone or table sounds intriguing, this is the model for you, but it is twice the cost of the others.

 

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Pros

  • The Instant Pot come with everything you need to get started, including cooker, removable pot, and lid, as well as a quick start reference guide, a recipe book, cooking rack, and measuring/serving pieces.
  • There are several different models of Instant Pot available. They take up just 1 sq. ft. of cupboard space and weigh just over 10 pounds.
  • The Instant Pot is energy efficient, so it’s great for those RVers who are eco-conscious, as well as those using an inverter.
  • The heavy duty cooking pot is removable for ease of serving and cleaning.
  • The interior cooking pot is stainless steel – no flaking, or health concerns from teflon.
  • The Instant Pot is easy to program.
  • Both saute and slow cooking modes have 3 different temperature settings.
  • Powerful saute’ settings mean most recipes that require sauteing of some ingredients can now be completed in one pot.
  • The high saute’ setting is handy for bringing water to a boil quickly.
  • The 10 safety mechanisms ensure safe cooking under pressure.
  • Pressure cooker settings are ideal for cooking foods faster than traditional oven methods.
  • The Instant Pot’s steam-free design protects the bottom of your kitchen cupboards from water damage that can happen with cookers that release steam.
  • We often set our Instant Pot on the table to cook, thereby freeing up valuable, and limited, counter space.
  • Pressure cooking requires just one cup of liquid.
  • When hard boiling eggs, they can be layered for large quantities – 10 minutes on low pressure and release steam after 5 minutes if desired; shells peel cleanly and with ease.
  • Because the Instant Pot is electric, you save on propane costs.
  • One cooker does the job of several – I was able to replace my rice cooker and crock pot with this one appliance, saving cupboard space.
  • Rice needs to cook for just 4 minutes under pressure, and comes out fluffy.
  • Removable stainless steel cooking pot fits easily in most RV sinks for ease of washing.
  • The Instant Pot does not give off excessive heat, but you can plug it in and set it outside to cook, keeping any extra heat out of the RV on hot summer days.
  • Because it cooks so quickly, you can finish two dishes in one cooker by simply purchasing a replacement pot and swapping pots out after the first and longer cooking dish is finished.
  • A delay timer means that you can place ingredients in the pot, then suspend the cooking process to begin hours later.
  • After cooking, the Instant Pot automatically turns to warm setting keeping your food hot and ready, perfect for coming home to after a long day exploring new attractions.

Cons

  • The Instant Pot requires electricity, so you need to find a source of power if dry camping (ie. generator or inverter).
  • Thick sauces may scorch if left unattended for extended periods.
  • The Instant Pot does not have integrated cord storage.

About Dana Ticknor

Dana Ticknor and her husband, along with their tribe of 8 gypsy kids (they also have 4 more grown and flown) have been calling the road home for seven years. Traveling with a highly modified toy hauler, their passions are discovering local history and culture, as well as volunteering with disaster relief efforts across the country. You can follow their journey at OurTravelingTribe.com, where they write about fulltime RVing and the family friendly destinations they discover during their travels.

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