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Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot... {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}
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Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot™… {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}

The Instant Pot™ is one of those products that took the world by storm. Celebrities, bloggers, and chefs around the world cannot stop talking about it and it has inspired an almost cult-like devotion. There are hundreds of blogs, Pinterest boards, and recipes dedicated to the Instant Pot and with good reason. It is one of the best selling items on Amazon and here in South Africa, it gets sold out extremely fast nationwide whenever a new shipment lands.

Well, before I carry on, perhaps it is best that I tell you that a new shipment has just landed and the Instant Pot™ is available at @Home Stores, YuppieChef and Hirsch’s Home stores. If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your home, THIS IS IT. But don’t take too long to get your hands on one, they sell out fast.

Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-from-home or full-time working parent – it is safe to say that there is really just not enough time in the day. We all struggle with the way society has integrated “busyness” into our day-to-day lives. It is easy to feel like you are constantly buzzing, and at the end of the day, you lack the energy to cook a whole nutritious meal. We throw some frozen pizza’s in the oven and add a few more multivitamins to the kids’ daily dose. We let the guilt creep in and distract ourselves by being even busier… and the cycle continues.

Now, there is nothing wrong with having frozen pizza’s for dinner – they really can be a lifesaver! But what if I told you that you could cook a pot of rice in 3-minutes flat, beef stew in 20-mins, a whole chicken in 8-minutes, potatoes in only 4 minutes or mixed veg in 3-minutes? And the best part…. you don’t even have to be there for most of it. This is the purpose of the Instant Pot, this is why it was designed and why it would change your life.

 The creator of the Instant Pot  – Robert Wang and his wife, Tracy, both worked full time in the tech industry. “We did a lot of takeout, fast food. Kids really love fast food,” Wang says. “But my wife and myself don’t think that’s the way to raise our kids. So, at that point, I was dreaming about an automated cooking machine, which will help me cook [a] healthy dinner after work.”

I have a home-based office where I run my own business and this blog, and you might think that I have it easy… but I don’t. I struggle to take breaks because every second that I spend not working is a second that I don’t make money. There is no-one to force me to take a lunch break, and I get so lost in my own world that time sometimes escapes me. Add a few kids, a husband and a lot of pets to the mix and life can get a tad crazy.

The Instant Pot™ has helped me in so many ways… I would throw in all my Oatmeal ingredients the night before and set the timer so it starts cooking 30-minutes before our alarms go off in the morning. The same went for dinners when I know that I would be out and about attending meetings all day. I can spend time with the kids when they get home, start cooking at 6 pm and have an entire meal on the dinner table 30 mins later. It is incredible!!!

Everything You Need To Know About The Instant Pot™... {+ GIVEAWAY!!!}

I was extremely overwhelmed when I got my Instant Pot™. There are enough buttons on the thing to launch a missile into space. As soon as you start understanding how the pot works and what all the buttons are used for, it becomes super easy and more convenient than you could ever imagine. I absolutely cannot fault my Instant Pot™, I have been using it almost daily for the past month or so. I have made everything from boiled eggs to the best spaghetti bolognese and Christmas Fruit Cake in mine. I have posted a few of the recipes on here, here is a recap:

Instant Pot™ Recipe: Applie Pie Oats

I received quite a few questions about the Instant Pot over on Instagram, so here are the most frequently asked ones and what you need to know…

Question 1: How much does it cost?

The 6l Instant Pot™ Duo Smart Cooker retails from about R1999. It seems like a lot of money to spend on a pot, but the way I justified it was that I needed new pots and pans anyway (I have had mine since my wedding 7-years ago). It uses less electricity than having the stove top on for double / triple the amount of time. I can make my own yoghurt (we can only have dairy-free yoghurt in our home and it is so pricey to buy!). The time-saving aspect is a HUGE bonus for me. Time is money.

Question 2: Does it come with a recipe book? How do you know how long to cook things in there for?

It comes with a Cooking Time Table, a Reference Guide and a User Manual. It also has some preset functions like “Stew”, “Poultry” and “Rice”. You can download the free Instant Pot™ recipe app for hundreds of recipes, reviews and tips or follow Instant Pot on Facebook! There are so many recipes out there, you would never get stuck.

Question 3: Is it any different from a normal electric pressure cooker?

This was my first question as well. The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools and the reason that it has a permanent place on our countertop. The delay timer on the Instant Pot™ is a function that most people fall in love with. It’s perfect for cooking quick foods like oatmeal. You can set it up at night and have it time it to be ready for breakfast.

Question 4: Is it really that cool? Is it a daily-use item?

YES, YES and YES!!!! I basically make everything in mine and it has made it super easy to stick to a nutritious meal-plan.

Question 5: What is your favourite Instant Pot dish?

Honestly, I made my usual rushed spaghetti bolognese in it. It is the best bolognese I have ever had in my life. I am dying to make my own Coconut Yoghurt as well!

If you have any more questions, please do pop them into the comment section below! Would you like to win an Instant Pot worth R1999? Then enter our giveaway using the easy Gleam widget at the bottom of this post.

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Instant Pot Recipe: Orange Chicken



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Maz Halliday

Maz is self-employed mom to two of the most gorgeous, yet tiring kids you will ever lay eyes upon. She maintains her sanity by blogging at Caffeine and Fairydust and rocking from side-to-side in her bath tub at night (with a glass of bubbly - no one ever said you can't be fabulous while having a nervous breakdown). She aims to broaden people's perspectives - and in the process will either make you laugh or p%#@ you off. Don't be shy... come say hi!



  • Kelly Jennings

    I would love one especially for those days that you are in the go most of the day

  • Yolika Muscat

    I NEEEED this in my life!

  • Venetia Paulse

    8 minutes to cook a whole chicken??? YES PLEASE!!!

  • Courtney

    I hate cooking, but I know I need to eat better so maybe the instant pot will solve that problem for me

  • Kim Muller

    I would probably try one of the kids favourites, roast chicken and potatoes. And I would love to know if the Instant Pot can make hubby’s favourite, lasagne!

  • Teresa Sayer

    I need this.
    Would save so much time!

  • Samantha Goncalves

    I would definitely try to make an amazingly yummy oxtail in this first if I got one! My absolute fave!

  • Leandra Du Toit

    This is the best gift anyone can ever give you. To make ones life so much easier when it comes to cooking. Holding thumbs! This would be the best Christmas present ever 🙂

  • Nicole Kallis

    Such n awesome competition! My Dad gave my mom one and she loves it

  • Farzana Bhayla

    Would LOVE to have one of these 😍😍😍 less looking time is on my wishlist this Christmas 😆😍

  • Zeenat Carrim

    This is soo awesome especially with the most clingy 1yo this will be a lifesaver in making sure my family eats healthy meals and this tired mom doesn’t resort to frozen meals 🙈

  • Sharleen

    A dream to make my life easier

  • I’m hoping Christmas is about to come early! I *need* one. 😀

    • Maz

      We still have quite some time to go, but this would be such a huge help making baby food!

  • Gabi

    Fingers crossed 🤞

  • Nikki Venkiah

    I would love to try a roast chicken and potatoes

  • Navashni Knowlden

    Love this. I would definitely try chicken first

  • Soraya

    I’m getting older and more time efficient (not lazy!)

    I’d probably be cooking my basic curry recipe and adding whatever I’ve got in the fridge or pantry like chickpeas, mixed veg or chicken

  • Megan

    This will be an awesome accessory to my kitchen.

  • Nicole Pretorius

    A whole chicken. I can’t get over that it’ll only take 8 minutes! We hardly ever cook a whole chicken because it just takes too long.

    • Maz

      I remember being shocked when I could roast a whole chicken in my microwave in 40-minutes! This is next level!

    • Khadija Fakir

      Yes that’s so true. It sounds amazing

  • Pravina Walabh

    The first thing I would cook in the Amazing Instant Pot is my Mom’s Butter Chicken .

    • Maz

      OMG… I made my own variation of Butter Chicken not too long ago and it was delish. Not quite there yet (I have yet to find the perfect recipe). but it i my favourite meal!

  • Samantha

    As someone who can’t spend more than 20 min making a meal. I need this in my life. As a single person I detest cooking for one. This will help me leave the life of 2-min noodles behind me.

    • Maz

      This would really be such a great help for you! And you can meal prep so you don’t end up wasting food / having to cook every day!

  • Anushka Maharajh

    This is such a time saver for us working moms

    • Maz

      Without a doubt!

  • Carolyn Augustus

    Oxtail stew is top of my list

    • Maz

      I made it about a week ago… it was amazing! Took 35-minutes and the meat basically just melts in your mouth

  • Lisa Forsythe

    a firm favourite of mine if called Fridays chicken – its a slow cooker dish that my family love (shout if you want the recipe)

  • Kim

    MAZ this would be a great help in my kitchen as I leave home at 7am only to return at 7pm. Meal times will be so much better and less stress

    • Maz

      I get it! That was me not too long ago, this would have made my life so much easier when I had a full-time office job!

  • Kerri Laubscher

    Definitely some sort of pot roast I think! Or a goulash! Yummy!!!

  • Nthabiseng

    I would cook beef stew yummmmy😋😋

  • cherise hansen

    Amazing – anything that save time cooking- I would love to try yoghurt

  • Shenaaz Khan

    Thank you for the review. A great investment since it saves electricity and time … simply awesome!

    • Maz

      Absolute pleasure Shenaaz!

  • Cassey

    The first thing I’d make is more likely than not setting up some oats for breakfast…it’d be one less thing to do in the busy rush.

  • Furzana Timol

    Ah what an amazing competition. Would just love to win this.

    • Maz

      Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥

  • Janel Sunderlall

    I would make the perfect lamb stew😍

  • Lorryn Herbst

    Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

    • Maz

      Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥

  • Suzette Viviers

    This pot sounds so amazing! Unbelievable what you are able to do with it!

  • Nicole Whitehorn

    Oh my god!!! I want!!!
    I’d definitely do a roast chicken in under 10min.. life changing!!

  • Kirsty

    What an awesome giveaway!!!

  • Judy Padayachee

    Would really be a dream come true to win this amazing prize that l can’t afford to buy but l long to own 1. It would make my busy life much easier to cope with and l will more time for myself.

  • Tertia

    This is a super cool “wonder pot”

  • Khadija Fakir

    I would love to make some oats for my kids. It takes forever to boil on the stove and they love it. It also takes a while to prepare in the morning and they are hungry when they wake up. It will be so awesome to make oats for breakfast in it and set the timer from the night before and have it ready for them.

  • Elle H

    I would make a rich oxtail stew.. With loads of veg and potatoes. Yum!

  • Heide

    What a great appliance. Are you able to get coconut yoghurt to set Max?

    • Maz

      I am trying coconut yoghurt soon! I have not made it yet, I am a tad terrified!

  • Lizelle

    Wow .. With my busy schedule I wouldn’t have to still worry about supper

  • Andrea Bester

    Ooh I would love to cook a leg of lamb or delicious chicken curry. Fingers crossed this is on my wishlist.

  • Kavita Trikam

    This pot is awesome and a time saver. Can’t wait to get my hands on one😁🤞

  • Charlene

    Aaaaahhhhh!!!! I would make Cara soya yoghurt. My girl would be in heaven. Fingers crossed.

    • Maz

      YES! I need to try make coconut yoghurt next!

  • Fern LaHoud

    I’d make vegan yoghurt, for a vegan Eaton mess with berries.
    That’s my first dish id make.
    Never mind all the morrocan stews. Drool

  • Gillian Hattingh

    I have been seeing this pot all over lately and it is definitely on my wish list for Christmas. I have even convinced hubby that this is waaayy better than just a pressure cooker.

    I don’t have twitter any more 🙁

    • Maz

      It definately is way better! Twitter entries are not madatory, but please remember to answer the question

  • I would absolutely love one of these they are so versatile and looks like you can make just about anything in them.

    Fingerscrossed I entered 🙂

    • Maz

      Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥

  • Johannes (jp) botha

    Wow this would be awesome

    • Maz

      Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥

  • Simone Cameron

    Oats….just because I want to be fancy and set it and wake up to cooked oats! lol. I mean, how fabulous is that????

    • Maz

      It is such a sanity saver!

  • Deena Padayachee

    Wow l would really love to win this for my wife as she wants 1 so badly but l can’t afford to buy for her.

    • Maz

      Well, you definately get a star for being husband of the year Deena!

  • Peta Kieser

    This sounds like a sanity saver 😀

    • Peta Kieser

      Would definitely try a stew

    • Maz

      It truly is Petra! Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥


    Would love to make a stew! Or something my mom used to make…. A one pot dish

  • Natasha Govender

    I would really love to win this. As i am a young graduate that moved to gaiteng for work and cooking certain stuff takes very long on this side of the country for some strange reason. This will really make cooking a breeze for me.

  • Tania Brewis

    I would first make an oxtail stew

  • Saamiya

    Awesome prize. Cooking will be more fun with an Instant Pot

    • Maz

      It definitely will be! Remember to follow all the required steps to enter – including answering the question ♥

  • Tamarah

    I’m a sucker for a kitchen gadget and this would definitely make a good addition to my collection. Would love to try making yoghurt.

  • Imanah

    Oh yes please I need this Instant Pot……No more slaving around in the kitchen for hours just to prepare a decent Sunday meal. I’m totally INLOVE.

  • Anisha Singh

    This will be a lifesaver in my busy home. I often feel overwhelmed as I am a working mum as well as a student. I know this will open up a world of culinary possibilities that are super healthy too!

  • Linette Meyer

    I would love this POT! Making steelcut oats with apple will be such a breeze!!

  • Dhesh

    The apple pie oats look really yum. I think I might try that first.

  • Elize Skriker

    I really would love one of these instant pot bad boys . For me to make like just a little bit easier. Less pots to wash after cooking . I also love the fact that there are timers . So no constant stirring. Worrying about food burning . Less work cooking =more time with the kids

  • Tracy Jacobs

    Would try the pot of rice as u say it takes 3 minutes!!! How awesome is that.

  • Ramona

    I so need one! It would make my life so much easier I’d have time to actually get to everything instead of being tied to the stove!

  • Charlene Bhana

    The first dish I’d make is a spicy lamb curry. I think the lamb would turn out beautifully tender in the Instant Pot.

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