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Old 12-24-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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Instant pots as rice cookers???????


My son bought a dedicated rice cooker and it made some of the best rice and and then fried rice from some leftovers that I have ever eaten at home.


I really don't wish to dedicate the space to owning one but might take the plunge and replace our current slow cooker with an insta-pot type device if some of you tell me they do as good or almost as good of a job cooking rice.


So what say you?
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Daughter has one of those dedicated rice cookers and it performs flawlessly. I would recommend one. They store easily.
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My ex has an instant pot. Rice seemed fine to me but there was always
a lot left stuck to it. I'll keep using the microwave.
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I'm a little confused. Do you mean an electric rice cooker? Or is there another "instant" one? The electric rice cookers have been around since 1955.
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We have an Instant Pot. We use it for rice all the time. Comes out great, in probably half the time of making it on the stove. We use it a lot, sometimes daily, not only for rice but for lots of things. It has developed somewhat of a cult following, so it should be no problem to find out much more than you ever wanted to know about it on line.
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OK, Instant Pot is a brand name pressure cooker for $160. There's a review on video by Eater & many others. She says the flavor isn't as developed, probably because it doesn't get as hot.
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There's a difference between a slow-cooker/crockpot, a pressure cooker & an electric rice cooker. I did find an Instant Pot on Wal-Mart for $89. I guess it depends on what else you want it for. Canning, also?

It takes 28 min to cook rice. The stove takes 20 min.
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There's a difference between a slow-cooker/crockpot, a pressure cooker & an electric rice cooker. I did find an Instant Pot on Wal-Mart for $89. I guess it depends on what else you want it for. Canning, also?

It takes 28 min to cook rice. The stove takes 20 min.



Several people have commented but I failed to be clear in my initial post. I am also sure brands vary. I was questioning the multi-function pots. For example this one which claims to replace 9 kitchens gadgets: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/instan...lp_product_1_1


with rice cooker, pressure cooker and slow cooker being the big 3.
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It says it can't do pressure canning, but most people don't.

2 gal is a lot to lug around for a small task. And a lot to clean.
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I've got an Instant pot. Basically it's an electronically controlled pressure cooker/slow cooker. Rice turns out great. The inner pot comes out and goes in the dishwasher. My old rice cooker used to always result in rice stuck in the bottom, though it was a cheapie.


In the instant pot, White rice cooks in ballpark the same amount of time when you factor in pressure release. Brown rice cooks about 15 minutes faster in the instant pot.
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Iíve got two have had many more. So many good reasons to have them.

Put rice or other grain in pot, with water, butter, if you want, put on lid, turn on, go walk doggie, cook up rest of meal, go on internet and post . . .

Grain done. Eat. Oink. Ahhh

What is not to love?

Oh, and one more thing: won't set off smoke alarms in the Dark Tower.
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It takes 28 min to cook rice. The stove takes 20 min.
Actually, you have to include time to boil for the stove top, and time to pressure for the IP, if you want to compare honestly. And some types of white rice take 30 minutes (plus time to boil) on the stove.

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In the instant pot, White rice cooks in ballpark the same amount of time when you factor in pressure release. Brown rice cooks about 15 minutes faster in the instant pot.
We've found white rice is a little faster overall in the IP, start to finish, but probably not enough by itself to justify buying an IP. And yes, brown rice is significantly faster in the IP. And we're more likely to eat brown rice now that it's so much quicker.

There are lots of sales on IP's, both at Amazon and in the big-box stores. Never heard of anyone paying $189. Most I've seen is around $110, but typically it's closer to $90, sometimes as low as $70 or even just above $60.
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Actually, you have to include time to boil for the stove top, and time to pressure for the IP, if you want to compare honestly. And some types of white rice take 30 minutes (plus time to boil) on the stove.



We've found white rice is a little faster overall in the IP, start to finish, but probably not enough by itself to justify buying an IP. And yes, brown rice is significantly faster in the IP. And we're more likely to eat brown rice now that it's so much quicker.

There are lots of sales on IP's, both at Amazon and in the big-box stores. Never heard of anyone paying $189. Most I've seen is around $110, but typically it's closer to $90, sometimes as low as $70 or even just above $60.
I got my Aroma one for $10 at a garage sale. Ten years ago.
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I got my Aroma one for $10 at a garage sale. Ten years ago.



Considering they were popular last year and this that is probably where I will do my shopping also!
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Considering they were popular last year and this that is probably where I will do my shopping also!
This is one of those appliances that either you like and use (like us) or you don't. I gave some to friends and relatives as Christmas gifties years ago, and they were received with enthusiasm, but no one seems to use them anymore.

You can use them to cook other things, too, though they're not as versatile as a crock pot. I've used mine to make soup in the office.
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