Instant Pot

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Instant Pot
Instant Pot logo.png
InventorRobert Wang
Inception2010 (2010)
ManufacturerDouble Insight
Models madeDuo 7-in-1, Duo Plus 9-in-1, Ultra 10-in-1, Smart Bluetooth, Max (all are pressure cookers)
Aura Pro, Aura, Gem (slow cookers)
Accu series (immersion circulators)
Ace (blender)
Websiteinstantpot.com

Instant Pot is a Canadian brand of kitchen appliances. The brand's original and primary products are electronically controlled, combined pressure cookers and slow cookers. The original cookers are marketed as 7-in-1 appliances designed to consolidate the cooking and preparing of food to one device (multicooker). The brand has since expanded to include non-pressure slow cookers, sous-vide immersion circulators, and blenders.

History[edit]

The Midea Group, which would go on to manufacture the Instant Pot,[1] patented a multi-purpose cooker in 2006 detailing the function and simple structure of what would become the Instant Pot.[2] In 2008, Robert Wang, Yi Quin, and one other friend, all former employees of Nortel in Ottawa, Canada, started working on designs for the Instant Pot.[3] Wang is credited as the inventor of the Instant Pot. This beginning model operated as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice / porridge cooker, yogurt maker, sauté / searing pan, steamer, and food warmer.[4] This model was under development for 18 months.

On 4 March 2019, Instant Brands, maker of Instant Pot, announced it had entered into a "merger" agreement with Corelle Brands and Corelle’s chief executive will become chief executive of the merged company while Instant Brands founder Robert Wang will become the merged company’s “chief innovative officer.”[5][6]

Double Insight[edit]

Double Insight Inc was founded by Robert Wang, Yi Quin, and three other Canadian partners in 2009.[7] They are the distributor and designers of the Instant Pot. [1] Wang has a PhD in computer science with a specialty in artificial intelligence.

The company became profitable in 2012, with the Instant Pot as their main product. In 2016, Double Insight sold more than 215,000 Instant Pots on Amazon's Prime Day.[8][9]

Recalls[edit]

In July 2015 the Instant Pot Smart-60 cooker was recalled, affecting about 1,140 units in Canada and the United States. The defect caused electric current to leak, which could potentially shock the product's user. There were four reported instances of this shock before it was recalled.[10]

In February 2018, five production runs of Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers were recalled because they were overheating and subsequently melting due to a manufacturing issue.[11]

Manufacturing[edit]

Instant Pots are manufactured by the Chinese company Midea Group.[12]

Cooking Modes[edit]

The Fundamental Cooking Modes for an Instant Pot (ignoring food specific presets such as rice, etc.):

Mode State Description
Low-Pressure Valve-Closed Equivalent to stovetop pressure cooker boiling under Medium heat
High-Pressure Valve-Closed Equivalent to stovetop pressure cooker boiling under High heat
Low-Pressure Valve-Open Equivalent to stovetop pan boiling on High heat with tight lid cover
High-Pressure Valve-Open Equivalent to stovetop pan boiling on Medium heat with tight lid cover
Slow Cooker Valve-Open Equivalent to crockpot on high setting
Sear Lid-Open Equivalent to stovetop frying pan sear and sauté mode on High Heat

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Double Insight Inc. recalls Instant Pot Smart Pressure Cooker". healthycanadians.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. ^ Electric pressure cooker patent, 30 June 2007, retrieved 26 November 2017
  3. ^ "Ottawa entrepreneur's Instant Pot has attracted a devoted following of home cooks". Archived from the original on 25 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Fired From His Own Startup, This Founder Invented Amazon's Hit Product of 2016". Inc.com. 15 May 2017. Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Instant Pot maker announces merger with kitchenware giant Corelle Brands". Ottawa Citizen. 4 March 2019. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The company that makes Instant Pot is merging with American houseware firm behind Pyrex". Financial Post. 4 March 2019. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  7. ^ Murphy, Jessica (6 March 2017). "How a cooker developed a cult following". BBC News. Archived from the original on 23 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Amazon — Press Room — Press Release". phx.corporate-ir.net. Archived from the original on 24 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. ^ Clark, Melissa (2017). "Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot? I Bought One to Find Out". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 25 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Instant Pot Pressure Cookers Recalled by Double Insight". Consumer Product Safety Commission. 23 July 2016. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ Bennett, Brian (23 February 2018). "An Instant Pot multicooker is melting -- but not the one you think". CNET. Archived from the original on 23 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Double Insight Inc. recalls Instant Pot Smart Pressure Cooker". healthycanadians.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.