My favorite appliance to take camping with me is the Instant Pot. It makes it so I don’t have to take the big slow cooker with me if we plan to do a stew, chili, or ribs, etc. and means I can also do quick and easy meals, all in one pot.
We first bought our Instant Pot for our kitchen at home. My wife had been wanting one for a long time, and finally bought herself one for Christmas (we don’t exchange gifts with each other, just for the kids). The more we used it, the more I liked the idea of taking it camping with us. We usually take the crock-pot with us to do ribs, or pulled chicken/pork, beef stew, etc. Now I can do all of that stuff along with many other functions.
Here Is My Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Review
The instant pot is an electric pressure cooker. It also serves as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute/browning pan, and warming pot. While it won’t replace all 7 appliances in your home kitchen, you can bring this one unit with you camping, and do any number of the things listed above.
The main reason I like to bring it camping is there are so many recipes out there, to cook a single meal right in one pot. It makes prep, cooking, and clean-up a breeze, so that you have more time to do the things you want to do while you’re camping like riding your bike, taking a walk, swimming at the beach, or enjoying your favorite adult beverages.
Safety Without Compromise
The biggest question is, why SHOULDN’T you buy it? I can’t really think of a reason why anyone who cooks, wouldn’t want to, but here are some reasons TO buy it.
1. For stove top pressure cooking , you need to monitor continuously for whistles, and turning off the stove – This you can avoid in Instant pot.
Since it is electric pressure cooker with built in settings, it will automatically turn off the cooking for you , so you dont have to stand near by the
stove all the time. NO BABY SITTING.
2. So many BUILT IN functions : There are so many functions you can use for multiple cooking , some of them are Yogurt mode to make yogurt ,
Rice mode for rice, Slow cook mode etc.
3. Manually you can adjust time and pressure as well. Great for people who want to experiment in their cooking to find out the fastest times for
their cooking , which saves lot of time than to use preset functions.
4. Delayed timer , which means turn on the delayed timer in the morning and by the time you come from office you have fresh piping hot
homemade food ready to devour – PURE BLISS
5. STAINLESS STEEL inner pot – NO TOXINS, NONSTICK COATINGS, NASTY CHEMICALS etc in your food.
6. Safety : UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms
7. Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly – Less Electric bills.
8. ONE POT COOKING ( multiple , if cooking multiple dishes by stacking) so less clean up
Things I Wish I Had Known
As with everything, there are some drawbacks to the Instant Pot. One thing I wish I had done when I got it was read the manual. I’m one of “those guys” that likes to dive right in to whatever I’m working with and just figure it out myself. “I don’t need no stinkin’ manual!” Yeah, right…if you never read another manual again, read this one. There is a quick reference guide if you really are super impatient, but it’s worth the read. There are features to this thing that I never would have figured out myself.
You have to remember to set the vent to “closed” otherwise your cooker won’t come up to full pressure, and it will take a lot longer to cook. I’ve made this mistake more than once, and I’m sure I’ll make it again, but it’s just one of those things.
The way it works is by using steam to cook the food. Some foods just aren’t meant to be cooked with steam. I’ve seen reviews where they have done a crust-less quiche, or a bread recipe, and they came out too wet for their liking. It’s all personal preference, but I thought you might like to know.
I rate this appliance a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. Although there are some things that are over hyped about this product, the pro’s far outweigh the cons.
I’m thinking about getting another bigger one when they come out!
If you have any questions about my experience using the Instant Pot, or want to add your own experiences, please leave a comment down below!