Instant Pot – IP LUX-60
Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 Review – Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt
Product: Instant Pot IP-LUX 60
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Size: 6.33 Quart
Guarantee: 1 Year, optional 3 or 4 year extended warranty
My Rating: 9 out of 10
The Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 Overview
When you move toward eating a plant-based diet, a great source of protein is found in beans. I’ve found that it is much cheaper to cook your own beans, rather than buy them in a can. You can buy all kinds of dried beans at your grocery store, in 1 or 2 pound bags, and store them in your pantry. You can significantly cut your prep time down if you cook your beans in a pressure cooker. All you have to do is wash them and put them in the pressure cooker. In about 40 minutes, you’ll have a nice pot of beans to use in your next meal.
When W was looking for a pressure cooker to help speed up his cooking process, I was a bit skeptical. I remembered the old fashioned pressure cookers with the rocker vent on the lid that would hiss and spit as it cooked and vented on the gas stove top. I remember my Mom saying you had to be careful so it didn’t over-pressurize and blow up in the kitchen! Good grief! Needless to say, pressure cookers had a bad reputation in my mind after that statement!
But W assured me that he had found an electric pressure cooker that was awesome, and had multiple safeguards built in to its design to prevent any type of over-pressurizing situation.
So, a few years ago, W bought me the Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 as a Christmas present. I read through the instructions, which were very simple, and whipped up my first pot of pressure-cooked beans. It took about 40 minutes, and I thought they were the best beans I had ever tasted. They just seemed to have a better flavor and texture than canned beans. I also experimented with different types of beans and seasonings depending on the type of dish I wanted to make.
I really like how the Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 has several different pre-set programs, so making beans or a pot of chili can be as simple as tossing all your ingredients into the pot, and pressing 1 button. Bam! Done!
In addition to being a pressure cooker, the Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 can also be used as a slow-cooker crock-pot-style of cooker. You can use the Saute setting to saute your onions and garlic, then add the rest of your ingredients, and switch over to either the slow cooker setting, or the pressure cooker settings, to finish cooking your meal.
It’s 1 pot with many functions and I love how it cuts down on the use of multiple pots and pans when making a meal.
The inner pot and the lid are both made from 18/8 (food grade 304) stainless steel that has held up year after year for us. It cleans up well with a nylon sponge, and some dish soap. You could put the inner pot in the dishwasher, but I always wash mine by hand so it doesn’t take up valuable dishwasher space. Don’t be tempted to go with an 18/10 stainless steel or grade 202 pressure cooker in order to save a few dollars. You could find yourself battling rust and poor performance issues.
If you have any questions or suggestions on using your Instant Pot, feel free to comment below.