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A state of emergency
About this time a year ago, our Aroma rice cooker suddenly stopped working.
For others, it might not me a big deal.
But for Mr. FAF and me who eat rice at least twice a day every day, it was declared an emergency.
It means we didn’t have rice for dinner that day.
Even if we ran to the store and got another rice cooker, it would take us another 1.5 – 2 hours to finish dinner.
Eating out was an option, but it would also require driving to the restaurant and waiting for the food.
I know it sounds like such a first-world problem.
We could have just bought a replacement from Target or Walmart that day.
But Mr. FAF insisted that he need to do more research to find a perfect rice cooker for us. Luckily, we had a smaller rice cooker we could use.
But it was too small, so we had to make two batches of rice for dinner.
And since the rice cooker was so old, a lot of the rice got stuck to the bottom and had to be soaked in water to be scrapped off the pot.
The perfect rice cooker
The pot combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1 to save space, including: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer.
Mr. FAF’s long coveted instant pot
We bought the 6 QT model for $79. I didn’t care so much about the price. I too wanted a quality rice cooker so that we wouldn’t have to be in such an awkward situation every few months or so.
But I also believed that having an appliance that serves one main purpose of cooking rice has always worked well for us. I wanted another $40 Aroma rice cooker. The previous one lasted for 3 years. After all, my dad even invested in a $150 Japanese rice cooker just to cook rice.
But Mr. FAF was so adamant I gave in. I had heard people raving about that instant pot for a while, so I was also curious how good it was.
After two days of waiting, the instant pot finally arrived with a recipe book and accessories.It took us a while to figure out how to use it. The pot looked fancy and multi-functional with a lot of buttons.
One thing I noticed right away was that the lid was a bit heavier than I’d like. For a regular rice cooker, the lid is attached to the pot. But for the instant pot, I had to find a place to put the heavy lid. The rice turned out ok, but some of it got stuck to the bottom, making it harder to wash the pot.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the pot and asked Mr. FAF to return it. Mr. FAF, of course, wasn’t thrilled with the request and insisted we use it to cook soup.
We love pork bone soup and usually use a regular pot to boil the bones for 2-3 hours. However, the soup didn’t really taste like what we’d like. Mr. FAF finally gave up on the instant pot. It ended up sitting in the kitchen for 7 months until one day.
I was decluttering the kitchen and decided it was time for the instant pot to go. However, we kept it for so long, so it was no longer returnable to Amazon.
Instead, I went on some local Facebook Yard Sales groups I was already part of and advertised the instant pot for $40. I didn’t expect anyone to respond right away, but an hour later, someone wanted to buy the pot that very afternoon.
I was just so excited I could finally claim back some space in the kitchen and got $40 back for the pot. Mr. FAF was also relieved that we could sell it for some cash.
I love french fries, buffalo wings, and fried chicken. It would be so nice to not have to stand in the kitchen frying food in so much oil and having all the smell stuck to my clothes.
I actually bought an air fryer from Amazon and returned it due to buyer’s remorse. I didn’t even get to test it. This time, we are learning from our experience with the instant pot.
We won’t get anything too big or something that offers too many functions. I have to constantly remind Mr. FAF that being multi-functional is not always the best functionality.
I know a lot of people love the instant pot, and it works great for them. For Mr. FAF and me, maybe it’s our Asian diet that doesn’t call for an instant pot. Our regular rice cooker, woks, and pots work just as well.
What about you? Do you own an instant pot? Has it been working out great for you?