I bought my vey first Instant Pot for Black Friday. I got the 6 quart Duo, and wasn't quite sure about it, but knew my friends all loved their IPs. I was thrilled when mine arrived. It was all together and I couldn't wait to get going.
I checked the seal, and it was good and seated correctly. I checked the valves and they were clear (always do the checks). I then did the water test where I pressurized a little water to make sure it worked and pressurized properly. Once that passed with flying colors, I was ready to jump in.
I'm not one to generally start off all crazy. I joined several groups to study up while waiting for my IP to arrive. Everyone seemed to start with hard boiled eggs. I, however, wanted to make a meal. So, I really did just jump in and start off all crazy! I started making applesauce. Something easy, but my kids love it! I was able to fit 12 peeled and chunked apples into my 6 quart. It turned out AMAZING! I let the pressure release naturally and when I opened the cooker and stirred it the apples just stirred into the most perfect sauce. A little bit of chunks, and so good and smooth!
For dinner I decided to make Indian Vegetable Rice and Indian Butter Chicken. I did 4 cups of rice in my pot, removed it and kept it warm in the oven. Then was able to fit 10 whole chicken thighs in the 6 quart and could have fit 1-2 more, but I didn't need them. That meal was absolutely amazing! The rice being cooked into the IP wasn't really a time saver, however the flavor infused into the rice was beyond what I get on the stovetop or in my rice cooker.
I finished up the day (yes, still on day 1) with a Salad Caramel Cheesecake. It was so easy. I used a silicon Instant Pot cheesecake pan I had bought and put the crust in it. Then added in the filling. I put my cheesecake on the trivet with a couple cups of water under. I let it cook for 35 min at high pressure and let the pressure release naturally. The cheesecake crust was a little soggy when it came out, but the cake itself was a perfect jiggly consistency. I covered it and put it in the fridge overnight.
The next day I removed the springform pan and the crust had hardened up. The texture was perfect! It was the first baked cheesecake I had ever made successfully.
Day 2 I made penne pasta and meatballs for my kids for lunch. I was nervous because I hate over cooked pasta. At 6 minutes it was a perfect al dente. I'm so happy with the dump and go ability!
I also made homemade Dulce De Leche with sweetened condensed milk for the topping for my cheesecake. I didn't can it in the IP, as it's not approved for that. I did use my canning jars though, that way I could see it when done. I used one jar for the cheesecake, and the other two went in my fridge for use with raw apples for dip.
This is my very favorite kitchen appliance ever. I plan on getting another soon, as it's not enough for a family of 12. However, it is a huge time saver. I also love that I can set it and walk away. I don't have to baby sit my stove like with my stovetop pressure cookers. I was called away for an hour while the chicken thighs were cooking. When it was done it just went to stay warm and waited for me.