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    I picked up one of those new Instant Pots that are all the rage lately with a gift card I had from CT.

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/in...MA2g#store=227

    The concept is nothing new, I've been using a pressure cooker for many years, my mother always used one, but this new product combines a slow cooker and pressure cooker into one package, so I figured 'that's a good thing'

    The lady at the cash told me they have a community group on Facebook full of recipes..so I found one that sound good for the inaugural meal.

    Venison Stew.
    http://loriesmississippikitchen.com/...uten-free.html

    Excellent recipe and an excellent product. Very slick, being able to saute the venison in the same pot you use to cook the stew is very practical. The stew was ready in about an hr...warm up time for the pressure cooker plus the 35 minute to cook the meal. The recipe was excellent served over rice.

    So, yes it's a new 'gadget', but it smaller and easily replaces at least 3 other appliances ( pressure cooker, slow cooker , rice maker) that I regularly use so I like that I can get rid of some stuff that clutters up the cupboard.

    AND..my wife likes it; she was always leery of the old pressure cooker with the pressure valve rocking and rolling on top like it's ready to explode.

    But if she thinks this means she'll be taking over the cooking....well that's not happening ..,it's MY kitchen !! LOL...
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    My son bought me one for Christmas. I threw the Christmas turkey carcass in it with some water and and less than 1/2 an hour I had a great soup stock.

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    A neighbour friend of mine got one for Christmas. He did one of their recipes for beans and said they were the best he's ever had. Took 42 minutes. Now I highly doubt they are as good as mine that take many hours in the oven, but the recipe did look pretty good. I don't use any water in mine, just beer and vegetable cocktail for the liquid.
    Anyway I checked them out on Amazon and of the 25,000 reviews there are mostly good ones but plenty enough bad ones of seals leaking, switches failing and other faults. I think I'll just stick to my pressure cooker and crockpots for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbuck View Post
    My son bought me one for Christmas. I threw the Christmas turkey carcass in it with some water and and less than 1/2 an hour I had a great soup stock.
    No offense but that sounds rather plain for a "great" stock. I made 4l of turkey stock last week and it simmered for 4 hours. I add a mirepoix (carrots,onions,celery), lots of peppercorns and bay leaves to all my stocks and it makes a huge difference in the flavour. At room temp it's almost like gelatin. You may want to try it next time.

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    I got my wife one for Christmas a year ago. Great for a wide variety of recipes. The only thing that I don't like is the limited amount of food you can put in it. I thought the 6 litre would be plenty big, but I forgot that you have to leave a fair amount of headroom for high liquid recipes. I'd suggest going with a larger size depending on your needs.

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    Thanks Mikepal, I will try this recipe this weekend or maybe sooner as I did bring couple pounds of round steak up out of freezer this morning. I bought one of these pots before xmas, have used it a couple times for different things, works pretty good. Wife has used it as well.

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    I still use my old slow cooker, Must admit I like getting everything ready the nigh before and then turning the slow cooker on in the morning.
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    I'll admit my wife n I have an array of "gadgets" in the pantry. And sometimes we've been known to actually use a few of them? The wife more than I?
    Now that I'm pretty much retired and left alone to my own devices, I tend to reach for my old cast iron dutch oven given to me from an elderly aunt many years ago. Load it with meat, spuds, carrots n onions. Add a little boullion cube or onion soup mixture n water. Set it on the woodstove and let it simmer all day. Makes for some fine fare! Hell, ask my neighbour's dog? He smells it cooking and ends up on my steps looking for a handout?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty55 View Post
    No offense but that sounds rather plain for a "great" stock. I made 4l of turkey stock last week and it simmered for 4 hours. I add a mirepoix (carrots,onions,celery), lots of peppercorns and bay leaves to all my stocks and it makes a huge difference in the flavour. At room temp it's almost like gelatin. You may want to try it next time.

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    No offence taken. What I should of said was that it was a quick process. I'm big on soup from scratch usually in cast iron on our Findlay at the cabin. I save ham bones chicken and turkey carcasses and usually bring them up on the winter and simmer on back of stove for hours. This will let me do plain stock quickly to freeze and do up with all the bells and whistles at later date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabmgb View Post
    I will try this recipe this weekend or maybe sooner as I did bring couple pounds of round steak up out of freezer this morning.
    I found this recipe taste fabulous when served over 'Spaetzle'...it's a German egg noddle pasta. You may have to hit a European Food market to find it, but they used to carry it at some Independants....long skinny noddle as opposed to the Bow tie type egg noddle you normally see.

    Had the last of the leftovers from that batch last night, one of the few recipes where venison still tastes good second time around.

    Did a Rabbit stew with the crock pot function two nights ago....worked great, easy clean up etc...

    I'm liking this pot.. !!
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