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QuestionIs the teflon pot that's included with this pressure cooker okay to use or do I need to buy a stainless steel pot? Stainless steel seems to be what most people have. Is there a benefit?
- Answer Stainless steel is SAFER than teflon.
QuestionIt's called a multi function cooker, but I don't see any functions listed other than pressure cooking. What other functions does it serve?
- Answer Yes, the primary function is pressure cooking. But you can also use it as a slow cooker and there is a saute function, which heats up the pot high enough to use as a fry pan. I haven't used the slow cooker, since my main goal was to cook faster not slower. I have used the saute function to brown meat and saute vegetables and it definitely gets hot enough to do the job. In fact, it seems to heat up faster than the burner on my electric stove. The other buttons seem to be pre-sets for different modes of pressure cooking.
QuestionHow can this be considered a 6 quart cooker when the pot only holds 12 cups? Has anyone been able to cook a whole chicken or 2-3 lb roast?
- Answer Yes, 4 pound roast with potatoes, carrots and onions in 2 hours flat.
QuestionIs this the same thing as an instant pot? If not, what's the difference? Would you recommend this product?
- Answer Yes this product is the same as an instant pot. It works great too!
- Answer I'm sure that they will. This Insignia brand appears to be an exact duplicate of the Instant Pot brand.
QuestionHow is this different from Instapot ? Or it is just Insignia branding for same Instapot feature set ?
- Answer Basically the same as the instapot, just a cheaper alternative.
- Answer I THINK, but am not 100% positive, that when the OH shows up, it means that cooking has completed. At this point you can do the quick release method (carefully, with a pot holder or long handled device so you don't burn yourself), or let it "deflate" naturally by just sitting there.....
- Answer No, the inner pot is coated in Teflon. Best Buy sells a separate stainless steel pot.
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- Answer The lid itself just needs to be cleaned under warm soapy water and washed off well. The seal ring is what you need to remove and wash well to help get the odor out of it. We wash our Pot and seal ring in the dish washer but the actual Base and Lid we just clean with warm soapy water and rinse.
- Answer We are a family of 7: I have cooked around 5lbs of chicken thighs (12 pieces), made honey sesame chicken and around 5lbs of chicken breast (8 pieces), made Mongolian chicken. (Chicken purchase from COSTCO) Both did not hit the max capacity line, with ALOT more room. Ingredients should not exceed the max line in pot. FYI- If browning chicken first you should brown in batches for best results. I have not cooked my roast yet. This will be my next venture. Roast would follow same suit, as long as it does not exceed max line. I buy my roast from COSTCO too and buy about 6lbs +. This is 2 roast and I would definitely say they would fit. THE POT IS RATHER LARGE. Hope this helps.
QuestionIs it normal that this pot takes 15-20min to get up to pressure? I have another brand which barely needs 5min, this one take forever and I feel something seems wrong with it? Anyone had the same issue?
- Answer Mine takes a long time, too. I hate it. The first time I used it, i thought it was broken. I just plan for the additional time for pressurization.
- Answer I bought some accessories designed for the Instant Pot 6 QT off Amazon and they fit perfectly
QuestionHow do you properly use the condensation collector? I mainly use the pot to cook rice and not a single drop of water goes into the condensation cup. Also, does the pot have a lid holder like the instant pot?
- Answer It does not have pot lid holder. That is the only issue I have with this, and it’s more of an annoyance than a problem. I’ve discovered that the cup does not fill with water unless you have something cooking for a long time. Even then I’ve had pot roast cooking for an hour and it’s not created any moisture in the cup. It really varies by recipe
- Answer No it does not kill the deal! I have used pressure cookers for years, my old one died so got this one. The cooker works amazingly well for a multitude of meals and options. It is simple to use, uncomplicated, and don’t have to worry about what pressure to cook with..just push a button. Read your manual and cookbook that comes with it. I think you will be happy with this pressure cooker. I use mine once or twice a week.
- Answer Since it doesn't come with a cookbook there are recipe apps you can download onto your smartphone or Ipad (but not specifically for this brand of cooker) but you can still use it. For example this one is for the Instant Pot. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instantpot.app&hl=en Recipe Apps https://play.google.com/store/search?q=instant+pot+recipe+app&c=apps
- Answer Mine is very loose and "wiggly" when the pot's cover IS NOT SEALED... meaning when the cover is off the pot and/or when the pot is not "pressured" once it's done it's pressure cooking the release valve seems to be "not as wiggly" when I flip to release the steam. Not sure if this helps....but when I first put the pot together, I was thinking mine was broken because the pressure release valve was so loose & wiggly.
QuestionDoes this have a browning / saute function? I'm not seeing it like the the Crock-Pot brand 6qt version
- Answer You have to look in the lower portion of control for this function,.