Since I had used pressure canners as long as I can remember, I was never scared to use a pressure cooker. I had an older model stovetop cooker and had used it for years. Back in about 2009 I was introduce to the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic stovetop cookers and I fell in love with those. I think I ended up with 5 or 6 of those, all in different sizes and shapes, and I lovered my first ed them and still am so happy to have them.
Much later, the Instant Pots hit the market and people who had them kept telling me I needed one. Nope! Didn’t need one. Didn’t want one. My main reason for choosing (and for keeping) the stove top models is that when the power is out, for hours, days or weeks, those of us with gas stoves can use those pressure cookers on the stove. They cook quickly and therefore, use less gas than cooking in a regular pot.
It was in December, 2014, five years ago, that I gave in and ordered my first Instant Pot. I think yo know the rest of the story. There is rarely a day I’m not using an Instant pot. I actually have one mini (3 quart) and four regular (6 quart) pots.
I had been wanting to get an 8 quart pot but when I came across this deal in Missouri a while back, I couldn’t pass it up so that’s how I ended up with four 6 quart pots.
Two of my 6 quart pots now reside in Missouri. I use two, often at the same time, almost every day. Yogurt takes 7.5 hours and then I take the insert and put it in the fridge and let the yogurt cool down before pouring it into the strainer. I could get another insert but so far, that hasn’t been a problem. If I’m cooking rice, I always cook it in the IP so if I’m cooking a meat dish or beans, along with rice, that’s two pots in use.
Vince was at Aldi a couple of weeks ago and they had an 8 quart “their brand” marked down to $35. He called me to ask if I wanted it and I must have said yes. I had totally forgotten about it and yesterday he said “Did you remember there’s a pressure cooker in my car?” Nope, I had forgotten about it.
I went out to the car and got it. Oh, it’s huge, but there are several dishes I make that I push the capacity limits on the 6 quart.
It isn’t nearly as full as it looks but it would have been a mess in the 6 quart. The greens didn’t cook under pressure and as soon as they cooked down, there was plenty of room.
It worked perfectly.
I think you can read all of the buttons it has – pretty much the same as the other brands I suppose.
I’m very happy to have this big 8 quart cooker in my collection. Always look for deals at Aldi. You never know what you might find.