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Instant Pot

Instant pot roast

Before we decided to move --- and I realized anything we carried in would soon have to be carried out --- I caved and bought an Instant Pot.

These electric pressure cookers are a fascinating product, designed to cook anything from rice to pot roast to cake at the press of a button. There's a sautee feature for use with the lid off, then you can lock down the lid very safely for fast, high-pressure meals.

Honestly, I could see me and Mark using this as our sole cooking heat source if we bought or rented an unfurnished space and weren't ready to rebuild our kitchen right off the bat. So maybe the purchase was a good move after all. It's definitely on my list of items worth being carried out across the swamp.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have had my Instant Pot a little over six months. Love, love, love it! Wish I had two!
Comment by Iris Thu Jul 6 08:59:17 2017
Definitely worth carrying out! I LOVE my Instant Pot! It's like having someone else cook dinner for me.
Comment by NIta Thu Jul 6 14:19:24 2017
My husband and I live in a conventional house. However, the behemoth and elderly gas stove that came with it was not working. It's just the two of us, and I don't bake huge turkeys and other high-batch food. So we got rid of the stove. I have a wonderful, vintage oil-core electric skillet I found for $4; a $10 hot plate from Walmart; one of the induction burners, which I only got so I could boil a lot of water for blanching vegetables; and a decent-sized toaster oven. I cook more now than I did on the stove. Love it. I would recommend the instant pot, a toaster oven, and one of the cheapo $10 hot plates. That will get you through just about anything. I don't anticipate ever owning a stove again.
Comment by Anna Tue Jul 11 18:10:29 2017

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