I Feel Like The Entire World Is Pressuring Me Into Buying An Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is a phenomenon the likes of which we haven’t seen since the George Foreman Grill. The kitchen appliance has taken America by storm. There’s buzz around this thing and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
I see Instagram stories and tweets from celebrities and friends alike praising the Instant Pot and all of the frills that come along with it. It is both a pressure cooker and a crock pot in one, and while it really does look like a fantastic appliance I can’t help but feel like I’m getting pressured (no pun intended) into buying one of these suckers or putting it on my Christmas wish list. The Instant Pot is regarded and reviewed as God’s gift to Earth. I’ve got friends talking to me completely unsolicited about how fucking great their Instant Pot is while out at the bar having drinks.
I remember when the George Foreman grill burst onto the home cooking scene in the 90’s because my parents, along with all of my parents friends were ranting and raving about it every chance they got. This was during a period of time when people were really getting into fad diets, like the South Beach and Atkins, and the Foreman grill came with a lot of recipes that worked inside the confines of the South Beach and Atkins. It was a grill made for the baby boomer that grew up with food fried in heavy butter or lard. It was a reprieve from the excess that was food consumption in the 80s. It was a health conscious device for people who wanted to shape up in the 90s.
We all know how the George Foreman thing ended - it was hot on the streets for a few years. Hell, it even got a shoutout in a very funny bit from <i>The Office</i>. You could grill up chicken breasts and bacon with ease, and the thing at the bottom of the grill that caught fat in a little saucer was technology that we simply could not believe was reality.
The Foreman grill was convenient. There’s no doubt about it. But it wasn’t really needed. I don’t know a soul on Earth who is still using a George Foreman in 2018 but props to him for turning a new leaf when his boxing career ended.
I mean I think if you polled most Americans right now more people would recognize him as the face of those shitty grills than as a world class athlete. So I guess what I’m getting at here is more a question than anything - is the Instant Pot worth the hype? Or alternatively, is it just another flash in the pan kitchen appliance like the George Foreman grill?
Does anyone really truly need an Instant Pot? I feel like the answer is no. Is it a nice thing to have laying around? Probably.
If you’re the owner of an Instant Pot there’s a very strong chance that you already own a Crock Pot, which is just another term for slow cooker. It is true that the IP can do so much more than the Crock Pot. You can make your own hummus or yogurt with an IP, which I can’t even lie is very intriguing to yours truly.
Why do I need a function to make my own ice cream or soy milk, though? The features on this thing are so insanely unnecessary that it makes me feel like the creators are trying to take over the world. Like they were sitting around a board room saying "Soon we'll have people abandoning the oven, stove, and microwave in favor of the Instant Pot, and when that happens our plan for world domination will finally be set in motion."
You can saute, roast, fry, and even bake with an Instant Pot. My question to you is are you going to make use of any of these functions? I’m intrigued by the Instant Pot. I like the idea of having all of these options inside one appliance, but I can’t help but feel like I’m going to use this puppy one or two times to make pulled pork or beef stew and then forget about it. I’m not hating on the Instant Pot. It appears to be a truly wonderful appliance, I’m just not sure I can justify getting one when the alternative is to just buy a regular ass crock pot.