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Things I Love: Diced Chipotles

This is a callback to my first DadCooksDinner post. It was a recipe for pureed chipotle en adobo. Calling it a “Recipe” is hyperbole; at most it’s a cooking hack. Dump a can of chipotle peppers into a food processor and pulse until smooth. I had to start with it because I use it in my second post, Quick Red Salsa. I add chipotle puree to anything that needs some heat, from pork chop glaze to sweet potatoes to chili. (Especially chili.) I keep a container of chipotle puree stashed in the back of my refrigerator, in case of emergency. About a year ago, I used up the last of my puree, and went to my local Mexican market to stock up. And there, next to the cans of chipotles en adobo, I found this jar of La Costena Diced Chipotle Peppers. They pre-chopped the chipotles for me! I mean, sure, I love my own “recipe”, but if they’re willing to do the work for me, I have to at least try them. And…they’re a …

First Look at the 8 Quart Instant Pot IP-DUO80

Amazon Black Friday 2018 Sale: Instant Pot Duos

— FCC Notice: I am an Amazon affiliate. Any purchases through my Amazon links give me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting DadCooksDinner by buying through my Amazon links, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! — It’s a Duo sale! In the USA, the big sale is on the big Instant Pot Duo 8 Quart  for only $69.99, down from $139.95 (That’s half off – the best price I’ve ever seen on an 8 quart cooker!). If the 8 quart is too big for you, there’s also a sale on the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart, at $59.49, down from $99.95.  Which one should you get? I have thoughts: First Look at the 8-Quart Instant Pot Longer Term Testing Notes: Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart vs 8 Quart Also, my favorite Instant Pot, the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart Plus is on sale for $87.95, down from $129.95. That’s a good price for the step-up model, but not quite the barn burner deal that you get for the Duo. …

The Instant Pot Max is Here

Look what was waiting on the front step when I got home – my Instant Pot Max! They’re in stock at Amazon with immediate shipping. (Much to my surprise. I didn’t know it was coming until I opened the box; I missed Amazon’s “we’re shipping” email on Sunday.) From my couple of minutes with the Max: It doesn’t have the twitchy knob that the Ultra (hooray!). It feels substantial, with heavier weight and higher build quality. And…that’s all I’ve got in the few minutes I’ve played with it. More to come once I’ve had time to put it through its paces, but for now…my new toy is here. Whee!

The Instant Pot Max is On The Way

Remember a few weeks ago, when I was complaining about the missing Instant Pot Max? Guess what – it’s coming! The Max is available for pre-order at Amazon (Instant Pot Max at link) and Williams-Sonoma. (I’m an Amazon affiliate, so if you use the Amazon link, I get a a small commission, and thanks). Amazon isn’t giving any hints about the release date; Williams-Sonoma says my order is backordered, with an expected delivery date of December 14th. Hopefully, it’s an early Christmas Present for myself. Now, Is the Max worth its $199 price? Not really, when the Instant Pot Duo Plus costs only $129 (and even less on sale – hold out for Black Friday if cost matters.) I don’t think the Max Pressure is going to change the Instant Pot experience much. But, oh, the Max looks so good. I wants it, I needs it, my preciousssss…ahem. I meant to say: if you love your Instant Pot and want the top of the line model (like I do), then the Max is almost here! …

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart |

Video for my Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review

Sorry this is late…here’s a quick video companion to Tuesday’s review of the Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Video: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review (3:21) Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart Review [] What do you think? Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below. Related Posts Which Pressure Cooker Should I Buy? Review: Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart (vs Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart My other Pressure Cooker Recipes My other Pressure Cooker Time Lapse Videos Enjoyed this post? Want to help out DadCooksDinner? Subscribe to DadCooksDinner via email and share this post with your friends. Want to contribute directly? Donate to my Tip Jar, or buy something from through the links on this site. Thank you.  

Rancho Gordo Bean Club Box |

Things I Love: Bean Box

Life has been coming at me fast, so I don’t have a big cooking thought to share. Or even a medium-sized one. So, here’s something I love… “Did you get the a new bean box?” My bean-loving son It’s bean box day! I shout my love for pressure cooker beans from the rooftops. Beans are one of the reasons I became a pressure cooker convert; dried beans are so much better than canned, and pressure cooking is quick. I can use dried beans in my day-to-day cooking, without having to plan a day ahead. Rancho Gordo grows the best beans I’ve ever had. I heard about them on the Internet years ago, and could not get over the price…until my wife brought me back a few bags from a business trip to San Francisco. (Rancho Gordo is in the Ferry Market Building in downtown SF.) And, oh, my, what beans they were. Why are they so good? I think they are fresher than the beans I get in the store. (Even the organic beans from the …

A few of my pinch bowls |

Things I Love: Pinch Bowls

Get your %@#$ together with your @#$%$#@ing Meez -Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential Mis En Place – from the French “Everything in its place” – is how professional chefs think about their work. They have to have Mis En Place – shortened to Meez in the hustle of a restaurant kitchen. To serve hundreds of meals a night, everyone needs their prep work done, and to know exactly where it is at all times. “Get your Meez together”…usually punctuated with a few choice words…means that you’re not ready, that you’re falling behind. Meez is a great idea in home kitchens, too. Now, I don’t go as far as professional chefs. I’m only cooking a few dishes at once, and I can multitask my onion chopping while the meat browns, and make the salad dressing while the pasta boils – but I can feel the difference once I have everything prepped and ready to cook. Everything slows down, and all I have to do is cook. That’s when I can relax, and enjoy the process. (Unless I’m …

Thermoworks Smoke Gateway – WiFi bridge

Disclaimer: I am a Thermoworks affiliate. Buying a thermometer through my Thermoworks links earns me a few dollars. I love Thermoworks thermometers – I was a fan of theirs long before I became an affiliate. If you buy a thermometer from them, you’re buying the best, and supporting DadCooksDinner at the same time. Thank you! Last year, I talked about the Thermoworks Smoke – a two probe thermometer with a remote receiver. Before the Smoke, my experience with remote thermometers was not good. They worked as long as I was standing near a window where I could see the grill – but if I went farther into the house…like sitting on the front room sofa – the remote was too far away, and it wouldn’t connect. (The worst ones wouldn’t know they were disconnected – they’d keep reporting the same temperature, even though they’re out of range, and I’d get chicken surprise when I went out on the deck…the bird would be 50°F higher than I thought it was.) I bought a Thermoworks Smoke and …

Electric Pressure Cooker Tote Bags |

Electric Pressure Cooker Tote Bags

Question from a reader: Have you tried a pressure cooker carrying bag? Years ago, I bought a slow cooker that came with a travel bag. I used it a lot, especially for potlucks and my annual chili cookoff at work. Now that I have an Instant Pot, my pressure cooker is gathering dust in the cabinet…but I miss having that travel bag. So, when I got this question, I went over to Amazon to see what was available. I found two pressure cooker tote bags: the $30 Pressure Chef, and the $40 Quick & Carry; I ordered them both to see what I thought of them. (The things I do for my readers…like order more stuff from Amazon. Quick & Carry Travel Tote Bag The Quick & Carry is the fancier of the two bags. It has a main central pouch for the pressure cooker, with a zipper around the lid of the bag to lift the cooker in and out. It also has two zippered accessory pockets – one on the top of the …

Instant Pot Ceramic Nonstick Pot Liner |

Instant Pot Ceramic Nonstick Inner Pot

Instant Pot has released a ceramic nonstick inner pot! (Yes, I know they’ve had one on their website for years, but it was always out of stock. This new pot liner is available now on Amazon, a sign that Instant Pot has caught up with demand. That said, if you want one, grab it soon, just in case it sells out.) Now, I prefer durable stainless steel pots. I don’t have much luck with nonstick – I always scratch it, and have to replace it after a few years. So, I’m reluctant to use a nonstick pot in my main, workhorse pressure cooker. The stainless steel inner pot is one of Instant Pot’s big advantages. But as a backup, especially for sticky recipes like Mac and Cheese? I’m happy that Instant Pot now has an official nonstick inner pot. Backup inner pots are also useful to have around. I have a few extra, for when I’m slow on dishes, or when I need a second pot to strain chicken broth. I’m glad to add a …