Slow cookers and pressure cookers have been with us for decades. However time and technology has brought incredible advances. The Instant Pot Aura Pro is one of them.
For those who are already Instant Pot lovers, do note that this is by Instant Pot, but it’s not a pressure cooker as with the other pots.
The name Instant Pot is so synonymous with pressure cooker multi cookers this can be confusing, but the Instant Pot Aura pro is a rectangular, 8-quart electric multi-cooker that can do the work of 11 appliances with literally the touch of a button with Advanced Microprocessor technology,
The Instant Pot Aura Pro is a different animal that is spacious enough to cook a whole chicken or roast, chili soup stew or jambalaya for a crowd, It can roast, stew, bake, steam, slow cook, sear/sauté, rice, yogurt, ferment and warm all your favorite foods.
It also does something no other crockpot, Instant Pot, or Pressure Cooker does, it can cook sous vide!
Just Push a Button
To get the party started, just push a button. The Instant Pot Aura will start in 10 seconds.
Then just forget it until it’s time to eat. Of course, if you want to manually use the pot, you can. It will even remember your preferences.
Unboxing this large, rectangular appliance for the first time really did seem to have a very distinct quality (e.g. an “aura”). For starters, it’s a different shape than most of the traditional round pots allowing you to cook a whole chicken or a whole roast without breaking it up.
The Instant Pot Aura can be purchased in stainless steel (our sample) or black and weights 16.5 lbs. The 1500 watt pot (supposedly one of the highest in the multi-cooker category) is 9.50″H x 12″W x 17″D.
While it will certainly fit on a counter-top, those will smaller kitchens may want to store it in a closet or on a shelf.
The interior cooking pot is food grade stainless steel with an aluminum exterior. The Aura Pro has a removable metal, ceramic-coated nonstick cooking pot you can move to your oven or serve on the table.
The cooking pot, lid, steam/roasting rack are all dishwasher safe. The Tempered glass lid lets you easily monitor the progress of your dish.
If you’re not ready to cook, there is a 24-hour ‘Delay Start’ allows you to postpone the cooking start time and there’s an automatic Keep Warm function if you’re still not ready to eat.
Ready to Cook?
These multi-tasking cookers seem like a dream. They are, once you get used to them. They’re hardly just “stew pots” anymore, thanks to microprocessor technology that pre-sets for perfect results.
There can be a bit of a learning curve as you find the recipes that work best for you and learn how your appliance really works. There are good instructions, plus a few recipes included with the box. However,, the entire user manual is online at the Instant Pot Web Site
My advice is to start with something simple.
Steam/Roast & Sous Vide:
The Steam/Roast & Sous Vide Rack is collapsible. When the wires are folded down, the rack can be used at the bottom of the cooker for steaming vegetables or to elevate dishes from the liquid in the cooking pot.
When cooking sous vide, the rack should we on the bottom of the cooking pot with the wires raised. Use the wires to separate sealed, airtight pouches of food.
*a note on sous vide cooking: Using the Aura Pro for sous vide means not having to lug out separate sous vide appliance. The Instant Pot Aura Pro can even speed up the cooking process if you heat the water on first on your stove and then pour the water into the inner pot once it has heated. Note: avoid bags that do not indicate BPA-free. Most brand-name air-tight bags should indicate on the package BPA-free or indicate their composition on the box.
The Bottom Line:
I love these devices, but the Instant Pot Aura Pro is my new favorite because of its size and versatility, and the ability to cook Sous Vide. Also, the appliance/oven to table inner pot.
And it goes without saying that it’s accurate!
Since I have a yogurt maker, I didn’t try that function or the baking function yet. With an appliance like this, the sky’s the limit for what you can make.
All in all this Instant Pot Aura Pro is pretty amazing!
If you want to treat your family to healthier meals and spend more time out of the kitchen, this is the one appliance you’ll want to have this year.
Where to get Instant Pot Aura Pro
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