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Old 10-02-2017, 09:00 AM   #1
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The Instant Pot is on sale on amazon today

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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

$69.99 and free prime shipping
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Great price!!

At some point I may get a second one - not before we move though. DH would banish me from the Internet!
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Do you have to use Prime to get this deal? It would be free shipping anyway, at that price, and I know I can't afford the membership at this time. I know I could do the 30 day trial, but it'd feel sleezy knowing I'd just do the first month and then drop it.
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I am not sure, locate it on the site and check. Possibly because it's a "deal of the day"?
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Just saw this, went to buy it, and it's no longer on sale.
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:13 PM   #6
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Just saw this, went to buy it, and it's no longer on sale.
Yeah, me, too.
Oh, well. Maybe this is God's way of telling me I shouldn't spend the money right now. He must have something better in mind for me just around the corner.
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Old 10-03-2017, 04:41 AM   #7
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That's so odd! It was a "todays special" price, sorry
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Mrs. Brown, I had the exact, same thought. It just wasn't meant to be. Gotta look at these things philosophically. Life's little ironies are actually too amusing to get upset about!

Dottie, I, too, thought the "deal of the day" was just that. A deal for the entire day. Well, apparently not at Amazon.

But I will hope they bring it back again. Maybe for Black Friday. I've lived this long without one, so what's another couple of months?! It's so nice of you to keep us posted about steals like this, even if I was a bit late to the rodeo!
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Dottie will let you know whenever anything good is on sale! I think she does it to vex me. She knows I'm a GADGET GAL and it's hard to resist!

Right now, listening to and watching the movers take stuff out of here for storage, makes me not want to buy another thing until we get out of here and settled in someplace else. Even then I'm gonna think long and hard about it!
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I SHOULD feel the same as you, as I know I'm going to tread your path within a year or so. But does that stop me, or is it slowing me down in the acquisitions? Maybe a little, but nowhere close to enough. I was just contemplating buying myself an instant pot yesterday, for heaven's sake!! Good thing fate saved me from myself. My mom always used to say that God watches out for fools and children.

It's pretty evident that you're a wise woman. Unlike me...
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It's on sale today for $79.99 free prime shipping, if anyone is still interested. It's only $10 more.
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I'm not seeing anything lower than $99.95 at the moment (for the 6 qt, 7-in-1)
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I'm not seeing anything lower than $99.95 at the moment (for the 6 qt, 7-in-1)
oops...its a 6 qt, 6 in 1 for $79.99
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I went ahead and pulled the trigger. Amazon sells their returns for a reduced price of $84.95. Some of them say in the comments that they have slight scratches, etc. I found one that made no mention of cosmetic issues, but said the box might be damaged somewhat.

Yesterday, at least, they were offering an additional 20% off of those, so I got it for $67 and change, with Prime shipping. In the event that it should arrive DOA, or if it's in some way unacceptable, they offer the same 30 day return policy as for unopened ones, so I thought, "What the heck?!" Also treated myself to an accessories pack that included the silicone mitts, cover, trivet, and 2 extra rings for $14.99. Since the mitts alone are $9.99, as are packs of three extra rings, it's a deal. Also, it will be nice to have a silicone cover for storing the pot in the fridge.

For those who, like me, got skunked on the so-called "Daily Deal" (that wasn't "daily",) and if you don't mind trying a return, check out this option. You don't see the 20% off price, BTW, until you put it in your cart and go to the check out page (you don't have to complete the sale if you don't like the price. Just remove it from your cart at this point.)

Don't know if it's still offered, but it's worth a try. Would have posted about this earlier, but I didn't do this until very late last night.
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One other add-on that I really like - the glass lid that lets you use it as a slow cooker and still see what's inside the pot. I use that a lot AND it also perfectly fits my stovetop 6 quart pressure cooker, so I can use THAT as a "regular" pot/lid too!
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That's an excellent suggestion. I got that glass lid for my daughter when I gave her an Instant Pot for her birthday, because she's a fan of slow cooking. But for me, I have a commercial universal lid that fits any size pot, and includes a main see-through area around the center (that panel is about 9" in diameter.) It's da bomb!

That's why I liked the idea of this accessory medley, as the universal lid works great for cooking, but is too big/wide to put in the fridge for storage of the pot. Problem solved!
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Just checked, and they are still offering the 20% off today. If you're OK with some scratches ("acceptable condition") you can score one for $52.73. For ones with lighter cosmetic flaws ("good condition") it's $64.34. In my case, the one I got at the price listed in the post above, was designated as "like new condition," which is why it cost a bit more.
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They'll have it bk on sale again on Black Friday.
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Well, my newest kitchen gizmo arrived today! I got it unpacked, and could find no evidence that the box had ever been opened. Brand new shape, for $67. SCORE!!! For anyone who doesn't want to wait until Black Friday, look under alternate sellers on Amazon, and check out those resold by Amazon Warehouse. Just be sure to look for ones in "like new" condition. Last time I looked, they were still offering 20% off the normal price for these.

I have the mise-en-place complete for my boeuf à la bourguignonne. Bought a bottom round just for its maiden voyage, and removed all the fat, silver skin and miscellaneous shmutz. It's all ready to go! If I get a second wind in the next half hour, I'll make it. It was a busy day, so it might just have to wait until tomorrow. But I'm SO excited that it arrived in 100% perfect shape.

It's been powered up, so that's good, too. And all the accessories are present and accounted for.

Now, for the fun of learning the ropes. I have used one once, the one I gave my daughter, to try to show her how easy it is. I'd never used one before, but was confident it couldn't be all that hard. She wasn't interested. So Mom learned how, while she did her laundry.

I followed a YouTube for making Stroganoff. Ridiculously easy. Even for me, the original mechanical klutz. And it turned out a delicious stew (not the beef Stroganoff I'm used to, done tableside with seared, sliced strip or Delmonico steak slices. So I'm a little too conflicted to call what I made "Stroganoff." But this made a tender, flavorful stew, all the same!)

I've been reading online to get a feel for converting conventional recipes to the IP. Anyone have a particular favorite site that has helped you? I'd buy a book, but Amazon's offerings don't have one, clear source that has distinguished itself as above the pack. Oodles of books, but not one I'd necessarily buy. I'm a tough critic when it comes to cookbooks, though.

Not that a book is required, if there's a couple of reputable site names you can share. I understand that it's verboten here to give urls, but if you can give the blogger's name, I'll figure it out. Thanks!
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Pinterest is your best friend, seriously.
hippressurecooking is probably one of my favorite blogs for IP recipes, and she does timing conversions and things that are very helpful learning the ropes
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Many thanks, Dottie, for the blog. It's just what I was looking for!

I've never done the Pinterest thing, oddly enough. My daughter is a huge fan. I thought it was just a place where people tag stuff that interests them. Is that right? That interest could be mild to vague to a consuming interest, it would seem. If so, how do you know the people who know what they're doing from Joe Average?

Maybe I'm all wet about it, and have been all along. Any devoted user and here who can give a short synopsis of why they use it and its potential in a situation like this? Thanks in advance.
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Pinterest has so many variables, lots of recipes. Just search for what you're looking for (like "paleo instant pot recipes") and you'd be amazed - and hooked
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OK, you temptress! Just what I need. A new obsession. When the hubs asks why it's 8PM and he isn't smelling any dinner yet, I'm going to tell him it's YOUR fault...

Checking out Pinterest for the first time now.
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Well, the beef came out amazingly well! I cut the meat into smaller cubes than normal, to compensate for the reduced cooking time. It's hard to believe just how tender it is, after only 25 minutes of cooking! I normally do this dish low and slow on the stovetop for hours, normally, then let it cool and give it another hour later, usually the next day, to really marry the flavors.

Although I will do another hour or so on the slow cooker function in order to smooth and round out the flavors just a little more, the flavor of the liquid is equivalent to what it is when cooked in the conventional manner for hours. I reduced the cabernet I used beforehand to burn off the alcohol. But it mellowed a lot in its short cook time. I'm duly and delightedly impressed.

And thanks to Dottie, I've already pinned several recipes on Pinterest, so this IP will keep me busy for a long time.
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Oh you're gonna adore having it, Cat. I consider it my favorite kitchen appliance right now, and trust me - I have - ahem - a few from which to choose....

If you haven't tried hardcooked eggs yet - you must! DH likes his with the yolk just barely set in the dead middle, so I do a dozen eggs on a steamer rack, 1 cup water, for 3 minutes on High, release the pressure instantly, plunge the eggs into icewater bath for 15 minutes. They peel like a dream and they're cooked to his idea of perfection! Just that little softish dark yellow spot in the middle, the rest of the yolk is cooked through and the whites are perfectly set.
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Since the IP is "Char approved" it's an obvious winner!

Alas, neither DH nor I like hardcooked eggs. Weird, I know. But I'm sure this little gadget is going to come in more than handy for a gazillion things I can think of off the top of my head!

Trouble is, my counter real estate is all used up. Things I do use, too. Maybe not a lot, but I don't know which I could do without. KitchenAid mixer, Breville oven, food processor, pasta machine, Ninja, Griddler, and that pièce de résistance, the Cuisinart Ice-100 ice cream maker. I do have a fair amount of counter, but I can't possibly fit one more thing.

So the plan is to gift my 8 quart Crock Pot to my daughter (although I can't get her interested in the IP I gave her for her birthday, but she just loves her Crock Pot, and wants a bigger one) and put this in that spot on the pantry shelf. One of the downsides to living in south FL is no basement.

Ironically,as I wrote this, I came to a decision. Aren't lists great?! The Griddler goes on the pantry shelf. Problem solved.
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I have one of those glass electric cook tops that is a pain in the neck to clean. That's one of the many reasons I love my Instant Pot. If I want to brown hamburger or sausage for chili or whatever, I do it in the Instant Pot. The bowl is deep enough that it doesn't splatter on the counter, so there is nothing to clean except the metal bowl, and best of all, the range stays spotless. I cook almost everything in it, even if I don't plan to pressure cook or slow cook the food. Best kitchen gadget ever.
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nomnompaleo PRESSURE COOKER SUMMER ITALIAN CHICKEN is probably one of my all time favorites
Also bone broth, steamed whole chicken, and "girlandthekitchen" short ribs (were so good!).
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