Instant Pot and Tempered Glass Lid Slow Cooker Review
Slow cookers are undoubtedly a staple for many home chefs, but there are some of you out there who are wary of what could be in the glazes and coatings present on most slow cooker pots. Especially ceramic pots, which are known to have low levels of the heavy metal lead. Though these pots have been reviewed and noted as safe by the FDA, it’s completely understandable that some chefs would want to avoid any cooking vessel that could possibly leach lead or other chemicals into food.
That doesn’t mean the delights of slow cooking are out of reach. Instant Pot has a stainless steel cooking pot, that eliminates any chance of coating- or glaze-related chemical leaching when cooking for long periods of time.
If you want to get technical, the Instant Pot isn’t actually a slow cooker. It’s a pressure cooker that—with the addition of a tempered glass lid—is able to perform a slow cooker’s duties. Truly, this machine is multifunctional. Not only can it cook a roast and simmer a stew, it can also make yogurt, rice, and porridge. It has 14 cooking presets so you just have to drop in the ingredients, press a button, and you’re good to go.
The glass lid gives you the added convenience of being able to check on your dish and add ingredients or liquid easily.
As a pressure cooker, the Instant Pot has a number of safety precautions built right in. When pressurized, the cooker’s lid has a lock that prevents it from accidentally opening and automatic pressure and control ensures your cooker is always functioning safely. If anything does go awry, the fuse will cut off power before things get out of hand.
Online reviewers from all the major home websites are almost entirely raves. The foods reviewers have made in the Instant Pot include hard-boiled eggs, mac and cheese, applesauce, pot roast, and so much more.