If you bought a countertop appliance last year, chances are pretty good you either bought or considered an Instant Pot.
This newfangled 7-in-1 appliance, which costs about $100, was one of the bestselling kitchen gadgets last year, and it was certainly one of the most talked about.
In today’s food section, Shefaly Ravula, who has been a fan of the appliance for months, explains that the Facebook groups alone have tens of thousands of members who answer questions at every hour of the day. She made the case that the InstaPot, as it’s known, is useful enough that most cooks would find use for it several times a week, but you do have to follow recipes carefully to make sure that the water ratio and cooking times are right.
This is the first of a new series we are launching called Year of Gadgets. Inspired by the Year of Baking, this time, we’re taking on the devices and tools that make kitchen life easier. We’ll be exploring all kinds of gadgets, from the ones you think you can’t live without (toaster, microwave) to the ones you’re not sure you need (SodaStream, sous vide).
If you have an IP, as it is known, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it, or if you have a suggestion for a gadget you think we should feature this year, email me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter, @broylesa. The gadgets don’t have to be electric (a mandoline is on my shortlist), but the more useful and efficient they are to use, the better.