Features to Look for in a Large Instant Pot or Multicooker

Because you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed. Like, right now.

Bring on the batch cooking. Large Instant Pots or multicookers can make up to eight portions at a time—great for prepping for the week, feeding the fam or bringing a dish along to a potluck. Just know what you’re getting into. Larger multicookers, as well as recipes with multiple ingredients, may take longer to come to pressure, which can increase prep time.

Custom programming lets you prepare anything from breakfast through dessert, and it has 11 safety features for peace of mind. Instant Pot

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Before you begin prepping your meal, read the recipe a few times and make sure it’s designed for a larger multicooker. Many recipes online are designed for a standard 6-quart pot. That means it’s up to you to adjust cooking times and the amount of liquid needed for cooking in a larger model. For example, while a standard 6-quart recipe may ask for 1 cup of liquid, you may need 1.5 or 2 cups in an 8-quart pot to make the recipe work effectively.

Comes pre-programmed with 15 one-touch meal settings, and a progress bar shows the status of pressurization cycle. Crock-Pot

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An extra-large capacity multicooker can make up to 13 portions but it’s also important to consider how often you’ll be batch prepping or feeding that many people. Some people prefer to get two separate, smaller devices to make multiple dishes at once. Additionally, multicookers aren’t just for meals. Some settings, like sterilization, can be great for baby bottles, pump parts and pacifiers.

Multiple food prep and cooking options give maximum versatility; cooks for up to eight people. A delay-start feature can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance. Instant Pot

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A multicooker can be a jack of all trades. New ones that hit the market include air fryer capabilities, where you simply swap the lid for it to perform a fryer function. Despite the name, an air fryer doesn’t fry food. Instead, you put food in the fryer basket, put on the lid and hot air can circulate around the food the way oil does in deep frying, giving your meal a crispy texture without adding calories. Air fryers on their own can be bulky, so a multicooker with dual functions can be a one-stop-shop in your kitchen and eliminate the need for multiple appliances that clutter counter space.