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#1 Post by Bruce Leiser_owitz » July 17th, 2017, 9:42 am

Bought the IP on Amazon's Prime Day, so on the hunt for great/foolproof IP recipes. Thanks.

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#2 Post by Jay Miller » July 17th, 2017, 9:49 am

I was laughing quite a bit over the title for this book but it might be what you're looking for. 2.99 for the Kindle.


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#3 Post by Bruce Leiser_owitz » July 17th, 2017, 10:15 am

Jay Miller wrote:I was laughing quite a bit over the title for this book but it might be what you're looking for. 2.99 for the Kindle.


https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Obse ... +OBSESSION
Any favorite recipes from that book? Thanks.

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#4 Post by Jay Miller » July 17th, 2017, 12:40 pm

Bruce Leiser_owitz wrote:
Jay Miller wrote:I was laughing quite a bit over the title for this book but it might be what you're looking for. 2.99 for the Kindle.


https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Obse ... +OBSESSION
Any favorite recipes from that book? Thanks.

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No, the only reason it came to mind was because I saw an advertisement for it pop up on my Kindle and I couldn't stop laughing.
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#5 Post by c fu » July 17th, 2017, 2:23 pm

white rice. no joke. one cup water one cup rice, makes it better than any pot on the stove top/rice cooker. Also much quicker
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#6 Post by P. Willenberg » July 17th, 2017, 2:26 pm

c fu wrote:white rice. no joke. one cup water one cup rice, makes it better than any pot on the stove top/rice cooker. Also much quicker
yup. really great for Cajun style rice too with butter and bay leaf.
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#7 Post by P. Willenberg » July 17th, 2017, 2:27 pm

90% of my use is for stocks. I load it with all the vegetable trimmings and any bones to make stock weekly.
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#8 Post by Michael Sopher » July 18th, 2017, 10:27 am

I use it for all beans (from dry) I still soak them but the cook time is incredibly quick and then it just shuts...

I use it for stocks as well. I have made a cheaters chicken biryani... sauté the chicken pieces onions etc.. add a cup of rice and a cup of water and spices (garam masala) seal and 15 min later... dinner (and not bad for such a reduction in time and complexity

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#9 Post by P. Willenberg » July 19th, 2017, 6:58 am

biryani is a great call.

I make wild rice, farro, etc too.
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#10 Post by MandyC » July 19th, 2017, 12:16 pm

Got one of these for my birthday last month and am still trying to figure out more ways to use it. In addition to the rice, grains, stock, etc already mentioned, I use mine to make boiled eggs. It's super quick and they peel much easier than boiling on the stove.
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#11 Post by Poppy Davis » July 19th, 2017, 12:21 pm

Jay Miller wrote:I was laughing quite a bit over the title for this book but it might be what you're looking for. 2.99 for the Kindle.


https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-Obse ... +OBSESSION
I can't believe anyone would pay for that. There are a gazillion instant pot recipes online for free.
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#12 Post by Michael Sopher » July 19th, 2017, 2:41 pm

MandyC wrote:Got one of these for my birthday last month and am still trying to figure out more ways to use it. In addition to the rice, grains, stock, etc already mentioned, I use mine to make boiled eggs. It's super quick and they peel much easier than boiling on the stove.
I actually fund the IP less efficient for eggs with the pressure up, cook time and cool down. I steam them or boil for 13 min and then into ice water (that is the secret to a super easy peeling)

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#13 Post by Dennis Atick » October 2nd, 2017, 9:08 am

This a good deal on the 6quart? Is 6 too small, for those who have one?
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#14 Post by P. Willenberg » October 3rd, 2017, 10:46 am

Dennis Atick wrote:This a good deal on the 6quart? Is 6 too small, for those who have one?
depends on your use. it's prefect for beans or rice. bigger is nice for making stocks from bones.
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#16 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 10th, 2018, 8:42 am

omfg.

Finally got an Instant Pot. It's truly deserving of all the hype, and then some.
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#17 Post by Kenny H » January 10th, 2018, 8:54 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:omfg.

Finally got an Instant Pot. It's truly deserving of all the hype, and then some.
Yep, the convenience factor and functionality is all that.

Like Paul I make stocks all the time in this thing and they are awesome.

Braised cabbage is awesome. Short ribs. Curried lentil soup. Carnitas. The list goes on and on. Dinner in no time.
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#18 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 10th, 2018, 9:15 am

Kenny H wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:omfg.

Finally got an Instant Pot. It's truly deserving of all the hype, and then some.
Yep, the convenience factor and functionality is all that.

Like Paul I make stocks all the time in this thing and they are awesome.

Braised cabbage is awesome. Short ribs. Curried lentil soup. Carnitas. The list goes on and on. Dinner in no time.
My first meal (yesterday, the day it arrived) was an easy one - white chicken chili. Put everything but the white beans in (I imagine that could be problematic at pressure for extended periods) and it was done in 15 minutes. I turned it on, went to my office to work, and next thing I know I hear it going off. Opened it up, everything was cooked as if it was there for well over an hour. SOLD.

I plan on beef stew next week, and for sure want to know the secret on short ribs - do you braise in the pot?
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#19 Post by Kenny H » January 10th, 2018, 9:50 am

Yes, it braises in pot. 45 minutes. Plenty of recipes on line. I posted one in the what did you cook last night thread a bit ago.
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#20 Post by Kent Zimmerman » January 12th, 2018, 10:35 am

Honestly, any good pressure cooker recipe will translate well to an Instant Pot or similar model. Kenji has some great ideas on Serious Eats. I made the Chicken, Lentil, and Bacon Stew With Carrots in my Breville recently and they turned out great.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/03/pres ... cipes.html

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#21 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 12th, 2018, 10:45 am

Made the red wine braised short ribs last night - came out beautiful. Only issue is that the liquid really doesn't evaporate much! We love extra sauce on the braised short ribs, so I upped the liquid a bit. Well, nearly all the liquid was still there, so I was madly trying to reduce the liquid afterward.

Now I know!
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#22 Post by c fu » January 12th, 2018, 10:49 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Made the red wine braised short ribs last night - came out beautiful. Only issue is that the liquid really doesn't evaporate much! We love extra sauce on the braised short ribs, so I upped the liquid a bit. Well, nearly all the liquid was still there, so I was madly trying to reduce the liquid afterward.

Now I know!
Yeah. That’s the one issue with pressure cookers. Gotta do some saute mode after
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#23 Post by Kenny H » January 12th, 2018, 7:55 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:Made the red wine braised short ribs last night - came out beautiful. Only issue is that the liquid really doesn't evaporate much! We love extra sauce on the braised short ribs, so I upped the liquid a bit. Well, nearly all the liquid was still there, so I was madly trying to reduce the liquid afterward.

Now I know!
See this is where you hire the saucier. I could correct that in 15-20min max. For very little bordeaux.
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#24 Post by Christine Huang » January 12th, 2018, 9:19 pm

There’s really no need to soak beans before cooking. It’s one of the many reasons I love the IP. Melissa Clark’s new cookbook is pretty good. There are also some fabulous IP groups on Facebook. The Instant Pot for Indian Cooking Group is fabulous. Along with recipes, they discuss a lot of techniques there.

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#25 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 12th, 2018, 9:47 pm

Kenny H wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:Made the red wine braised short ribs last night - came out beautiful. Only issue is that the liquid really doesn't evaporate much! We love extra sauce on the braised short ribs, so I upped the liquid a bit. Well, nearly all the liquid was still there, so I was madly trying to reduce the liquid afterward.

Now I know!
See this is where you hire the saucier. I could correct that in 15-20min max. For very little bordeaux.
Ha! You didn't see how much liquid it was!!!
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#26 Post by Robert.Fleming » January 13th, 2018, 6:00 am

A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great.

1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 )
1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 shallots, rough chopped
6 c. water

Put all ingredients in pot, stir, set on 'Simmer,' walk away (I think simmered a total of 3.5 hours)

NOTE: Do not use 'quick soak' method for peas or they will be mushy

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Robert.Fleming wrote:A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great.

1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 )
1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 shallots, rough chopped
6 c. water

Put all ingredients in pot, stir, set on 'Simmer,' walk away (I think simmered a total of 3.5 hours)

NOTE: Do not use 'quick soak' method for peas or they will be mushy
This looks fantastic!
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#28 Post by Jason Hagen » January 13th, 2018, 8:51 am

Not a lot of recipes here [wow.gif]

Getting ready to pull the trigger. Any favorites models? I am planning on going with an 8Qt.

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#29 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 13th, 2018, 8:56 am

Jason Hagen wrote:Not a lot of recipes here [wow.gif]

Getting ready to pull the trigger. Any favorites models? I am planning on going with an 8Qt.

Jason
I went with the original, Instant Pot - highly recommended. Build quality is fantastic, super easy to use (lock/unlock, steam valve, cleaning)

Here's one recipe I tried with great success - creamy polenta:

https://keviniscooking.com/how-to-make- ... y-polenta/
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#30 Post by Jason Hagen » January 13th, 2018, 8:58 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Jason Hagen wrote:Not a lot of recipes here [wow.gif]

Getting ready to pull the trigger. Any favorites models? I am planning on going with an 8Qt.

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I went with the original, Instant Pot - highly recommended. Build quality is fantastic, super easy to use (lock/unlock, steam valve, cleaning)

Here's one recipe I tried with great success - creamy polenta:

https://keviniscooking.com/how-to-make- ... y-polenta/
Thanks. What size did you get?

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#31 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 13th, 2018, 9:06 am

6 qt. My sister got me a 10 quart for Christmas (not Instant Pot brand) and it was FAR too large for our family of 4.
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#32 Post by Jason Hagen » January 13th, 2018, 9:07 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:6 qt. My sister got me a 10 quart for Christmas (not Instant Pot brand) and it was FAR too large for our family of 4.
Hmmm. Okay ... maybe I should go with the 6 Qt, if that is working for you guys.

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#33 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 13th, 2018, 9:09 am

Jason Hagen wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:6 qt. My sister got me a 10 quart for Christmas (not Instant Pot brand) and it was FAR too large for our family of 4.
Hmmm. Okay ... maybe I should go with the 6 Qt, if that is working for you guys.

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Well, you'd have to get close to the top (as close as you can, given the instructions on filling levels) to have enough for a meal AND freezing, I found out. Made white chicken chili the first day and it was crushed - only one small serving remained. If you guys eat leftovers or freeze meals, 8qt is probably solid. 10 is just huge.
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dcornutt wrote:
Robert.Fleming wrote:A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great.

1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 )
1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 shallots, rough chopped
6 c. water

Put all ingredients in pot, stir, set on 'Simmer,' walk away (I think simmered a total of 3.5 hours)

NOTE: Do not use 'quick soak' method for peas or they will be mushy
This looks fantastic!
I forgot one thing, Don: Serve with pepper sauce.

Bon appetit, y'all!

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#35 Post by Christine Huang » January 13th, 2018, 10:16 am

Jason Hagen wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:6 qt. My sister got me a 10 quart for Christmas (not Instant Pot brand) and it was FAR too large for our family of 4.
Hmmm. Okay ... maybe I should go with the 6 Qt, if that is working for you guys.

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Hi Jason,

If you think you will be using the IP for stock (for which it’s fabulous) or if you make big batches of anything, I’d go for the 8qt. You can make smaller amounts in the 8, but 6 can be limiting. I started with the 6 and now have the 8 too.

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#36 Post by Christine Huang » January 13th, 2018, 10:22 am

Robert.Fleming wrote:
dcornutt wrote:
Robert.Fleming wrote:A black-eyed pea, sausage, and collard stew on New Years day was great.

1 lb. dried peas, soaked overnight and drained
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced and fried, fat drained off (I used Conecuh brand http://www.conecuhsausage.com/ProdDetail.aspx?pid=50 )
1 lb. collards, large stems removes, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 shallots, rough chopped
6 c. water

Put all ingredients in pot, stir, set on 'Simmer,' walk away (I think simmered a total of 3.5 hours)

NOTE: Do not use 'quick soak' method for peas or they will be mushy
This looks fantastic!
I forgot one thing, Don: Serve with pepper sauce.

Bon appetit, y'all!
Hi Bob!

I made a very close version of this for New Years Day too. I used a smoked ham shank instead of the sausage and sweet onions instead of shallots. I didn’t soak. I just put everything in and put it on high pressure for 35 minutes. It was delicious and devoured quickly.

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#37 Post by Ethan Abraham » January 13th, 2018, 5:28 pm

One of my favorites lately, I've only made it in a le creuset but should work just as well in the IP. So ridiculously simple, the only prep is chopping an onion and the meat (or just be lazy and buy pre-cubed stew meat).

1.5-2 lbs cubed lamb stew meat
1 onion diced
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1 cup stock or water(maybe less for the IP)
1 bag (10oz) frozen peas

The instructions should nearly be obvious at this point. Saute lamb to get some Browning on some of the sides (as Kenji points out, you really don't need to worry about browning all of it), add onion and cook til soft, add wine and reduce a bit, add stock and peas. At this point I usually do in my le creuset in oven for about 1.5 hours, but I imagine about 25 minutes in the IP should suffice. I don't know how this recipe turns out so good, but it does. Adding cubed potatoes (probably after the pressure cook portion, just simmer until cooked) is an option too.

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#38 Post by Jorge Henriquez » January 14th, 2018, 5:36 am

Inaugural dish last night in my new 6qt. Crock Pot brand one. Chili (no beans type)! Had the same issue as Todd: too liquidy at the end.

Cubed a 2 pound Top Round (London Broil) into very small pieces. Seasoned with S&P while the Sauté function heated up. Browned the meat well; it released a lot of liquid so I kept browning until some of it evaporated. Added chopped onion, garlic & red bell pepper along with cumin, dried oregano & chili powder. Sautéed a bit longer until veggies softened and spices incorporated. Then a small can of Trader Joe’s diced green chilies, 1.5 cups of broth blended with a bit of fish sauce for umami, 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and a small can of crushed tomatoes before closing the lid. Pressured on High for 22 minutes. Allowed for slow release.

When I saw how soupy it was, sautéed for a bit longer to try to evaporate some of the liquid. Flavors were awesome and I’m very happy with the machine itself. Just need to grasp the learning curve.
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#39 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 14th, 2018, 8:38 am

This recipe is fantastic - https://www.seasonalcravings.com/instan ... mment-6504

I’m going to add frozen corn next time, however
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#40 Post by Christine Huang » January 14th, 2018, 9:59 am

Adjusting to the liquid issue takes a little trial and error. You can reduce the liquid with the Sauté function before or after cooking it.

I always reduce my stock by at least ½ before freezing it for use. More likely, I reduce it 4X, slice the gelled stock into cubes before freezing. In a pinch, I’ll reduce the amount called for in a recipe if I think it’s too much and add a spoonful of Better Than Boulllion.

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#41 Post by Michael Sopher » January 15th, 2018, 7:28 am

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Inaugural dish last night in my new 6qt. Crock Pot brand one. Chili (no beans type)! Had the same issue as Todd: too liquidy at the end.

Cubed a 2 pound Top Round (London Broil) into very small pieces. Seasoned with S&P while the Sauté function heated up. Browned the meat well; it released a lot of liquid so I kept browning until some of it evaporated. Added chopped onion, garlic & red bell pepper along with cumin, dried oregano & chili powder. Sautéed a bit longer until veggies softened and spices incorporated. Then a small can of Trader Joe’s diced green chilies, 1.5 cups of broth blended with a bit of fish sauce for umami, 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and a small can of crushed tomatoes before closing the lid. Pressured on High for 22 minutes. Allowed for slow release.

When I saw how soupy it was, sautéed for a bit longer to try to evaporate some of the liquid. Flavors were awesome and I’m very happy with the machine itself. Just need to grasp the learning curve.
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#42 Post by Corey N. » January 15th, 2018, 7:32 am

If doing a beef chili with beans, can you just add the dried beans to the IP or would you soak overnight?
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#43 Post by Michael Sopher » January 15th, 2018, 7:57 am

Corey N. wrote:If doing a beef chili with beans, can you just add the dried beans to the IP or would you soak overnight?
Significant diff of time needed for dry beans or presoaked beans... you could end up with beans turning to mush or being undercooked. Also seems to me that getting the liquids just right would be a real challenge. I bet there are recipes out there that account for this... still I tend to cook my beans separate (usually under pressure) and combine later.

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#44 Post by Corey N. » January 15th, 2018, 8:07 am

Michael Sopher wrote:
Corey N. wrote:If doing a beef chili with beans, can you just add the dried beans to the IP or would you soak overnight?
Significant diff of time needed for dry beans or presoaked beans... you could end up with beans turning to mush or being undercooked. Also seems to me that getting the liquids just right would be a real challenge. I bet there are recipes out there that account for this... still I tend to cook my beans separate (usually under pressure) and combine later.
Thanks Michael. I'll do this.
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#45 Post by Michael Sopher » January 15th, 2018, 11:16 am

Corey,

Cook your beans with good aromatics and they will infuse with flavor just fine... get them "al dente" cooked alone and then finish in the chili. I did Royal Corona beans in tomato sauce yesterday.. got the beans most of the way there under pressure (16 min with NPR) and then finished in the sauce low and slow till the beans got creamy.

This time grid is really useful as a starting point for dry or soaked beans
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0685/ ... ooking.pdf

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#46 Post by Jay $$ Winton » January 18th, 2018, 7:00 am

I think I'm getting one so will be checking back. There are generally two eaters but it looks like the 8qt is the way to go??

EDIT: What brands are recommended? I looked at a Corsori and there are several recent negative reviews.
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#47 Post by Michael Sopher » January 19th, 2018, 8:35 am

J a y W i n t % n wrote:I think I'm getting one so will be checking back. There are generally two eaters but it looks like the 8qt is the way to go??

EDIT: What brands are recommended? I looked at a Corsori and there are several recent negative reviews.
two eaters = 6quart Instant Pot

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#48 Post by Jorge Henriquez » January 19th, 2018, 8:57 am

Michael Sopher wrote:
J a y W i n t % n wrote:I think I'm getting one so will be checking back. There are generally two eaters but it looks like the 8qt is the way to go??

EDIT: What brands are recommended? I looked at a Corsori and there are several recent negative reviews.
two eaters = 6quart Instant Pot
Yep. Made a chickpea, beef, sweet potato, rainbow chard stew last night (still getting the hang of cooking times for legumes/beans, but at least the liquid ratio worked out well) last night in a 6qt. Had enough for 5 servings.
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#49 Post by c_choi_ » January 19th, 2018, 10:19 am

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#50 Post by Jay $$ Winton » January 19th, 2018, 11:48 am

Amazon warehouse had a deal on an 8 quart Instant Pot so bought it.
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