This page contains all the resources I have on multicookers: can an instant pot really replace eight kitchen appliances and be your most-used device, how is a multi-cooker different from a rice cooker, and how to choose one.
A slow cooker uses a lower cooking temperature and does not build up pressure inside like an Instant Pot. It allows air to get out which extends cooking time.
A rice cooker acts as a steamer and offers fewer functions that only include rice cooking, unlike the multifunctional Instant Pot.
Crock-Pot is a brand of slow cookers which is why it is often mistakenly used as a slow cooker synonym. Crock-Pot is used only as a slow cooker, while Instant Pot is a brand of multifunctional cookers.
- 3 Quart:
- Ideal for cooking for 1-2 people.
- Recommended for making side dishes.
- 6 Quart:
- Big enough to prepare meals for up to 6 people.
- 8 Quart: Good choice for families/gatherings with up to 8 members.
- 10 Quart: Suitable for cooking large batches and big groups.
- Place inner pot inside.
- Add ingredients.
- Secure lid in place.
- Depending on the cooking program, turn the handle on top to SEALING or VENTING.
- Select a cooking program.
- Choose ADJUST to alternate temperature or – / + to modify cooking time.
- When Instant Pot is at pressure, the button will pop up and lock the lid.
- When cooking is done, KEEP WARM mode will start.
- To open the lid choose:
- Quick Release – release pressure by turning the handle to VENTING.
- Wait for Natural Release.
- When pressure is released, you can open the lid.
- Measure the rice and rinse under water if needed.
- Place the rice in the rice cooker.
- Measure the water and add it to the rice.
- Add seasonings or oil if preferred.
- Close the lid.
- Plug in the rice cooker and turn it on.
- Wait for the rice to be cooked.
- After your cooker made a sound, changed the light or automatically switched to WARM more, cooking is finished.
- Leave it to rest for about 15 minutes.
- Remove the lid.
- Stir and serve.
Luckily, using a rice cooker you don’t have to measure the cooking time and worry about overcooking the rice – the device will do that for you and let you know once everything is done!
- Long grain white rice – 1 ¾ cups
- Medium grain white rice – 1 ½ cups
- Short grain white rice – 1 ½ cups
- Basmati or Jasmine rice – 1 ½ cups
- Brown rice – 2 ¼ cups.
Keep in mind that adding too much water will make the rice overcooked and gooey.
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