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Bought the Costco Instant Pot. Should I keep it?

TeresaWA | Nov 23, 201805:01 PM     19

I spent a long time deciding that I didn't want an electronic pressure cooker. In the process, I bought two stovetop pressure cookers, a 6 quart and then an 8 quart when the 6 quart just wasn't large enough for the batches of beans I wanted to make.

My main objection to Instant Pot type appliances was the failure rate. HipPressureCooking estimates their lifespan at 1-3 years. Thus, I couldn't pull the trigger, although my fear of missing out still ate at me. I usually am not a bandwagon type, but there's something about this pot.

Then! Costco!...my favorite store for return policy started carrying their own Instant Pot model, which meant that my issues with reliability were gone. If the thing fails in a year, well that's BS and I'll just take it back. When I saw that Costco was offering a black Friday deal, I went ahead and bought an IP.

Now, I'm staring at it. It's staring at me. I opened the box. I looked at the lid. The lid appears a little hard to clean, although the directions say it's dishwasher safe. I wonder if the chore of cleaning the pot is worth it, when I already have an easy-to-clean stovetop (or two)

While I still will make things on the stovetop, I think the Instant Pot will be great for rice, for eggs, I'll try the yogurt, for some of the recipes I've found, for putting something on to cook and not having to attend it.

But really, if I love my stovetop, will I really use the IP much? Has anyone had the same dilemma? What did you decide and why?

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