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Old 07-25-2022, 01:18 PM   #1
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Red face Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

This is silly but I'm really trying to figure out what would be best...I figure maybe writing it out will help me decide what would be better. Some feedback and suggestions would be appreciated if you feel like reading my novel.

I have been struggling with cooking lately. The kids eat so much and it's just so constant I'm looking at ways I can reduce feelings of overwhelm when it comes to my instant pot. I have an 8qt instant pot. I love it. I use it daily. I use it so much that I'm planning on getting a second IP, actually I bought a 6qt yesterday but now I'm torn about it.
A little background:
So I originally had a 6qt instant pot (I got my first one back in late 2014) and but it died after a few years and I replaced it with an 8qt since our family was larger. I bought 6 qt yesterday as a second instant pot. I was almost positive I still had the old 6qt liner pot from my old IP. I was thinking I would just keep trading the two pot liners to do beans or bone broth as needed and then I'd have my 8qt free for the things I already use it for daily.

I can't find the 6qt liner and now I'm thinking I purged it with a bunch of kitchen stuff in our move last year.

I was already planning on buying another 8qt liner pot because a lot of the things I make need to soak and I just always having a clean pot handy would reduce a lot of my cooking stress.

Pros of the 6qt: It has a smaller foot print on the counter and I don't need 8 qts for some of the side things I plan to do. I could buy another 6qt pot liner for $20. and then I could trade the 6qt pot as needed if I'm doing bone broth I can let that cool and put the pot in the fridge while I take the soaked beans and pop that in to cook them. The 6qt pots would take up less space in the fridge as well which is a definite positive.

Cons of 6qt: It's smaller, I'm a little nervous that as my boys grow I'm going to wish I had the larger size..maybe.


Pros of the 8qt: I would then have the option to rotate the 8qt pots however I want to, especially if I bought another two 8 qt pot liner. Thought that would be another $62 + an additional $10 for that IP. Not the end of the world but more of an investment. But I would have 4 whole pots rotating and always have one cooking some thing or clean and ready when I need it, which would be amazing

Cons of the 8qt: It's a bigger foot print on the counter, the pots in the fridge would be a bit much. Also the extra pots wouldn't nest so that's space in the cabinet...Also It would be a bit more of a financial investment.

I'm feeling like the size of the 6qt would be more palatable on the counter by the dish drain. My 8 qt I tuck into the island now and again but if I get another IP it's living on the counter. I can't decide. Also the extra 6qt pot could nest into the extra 8qt pot in the cabinet when not in use.

What would you do?
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Old 07-25-2022, 02:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

I think it you are making sides or ingredients like rice or beans and now the whole meal that a 6qt would would well.

Maybe you have a whole lot more storage space than I have but I would have to sacrifice things I already had to have extra inserts that can't nest at all.

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Old 07-25-2022, 04:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

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This is silly but I'm really trying to figure out what would be best...I figure maybe writing it out will help me decide what would be better. Some feedback and suggestions would be appreciated if you feel like reading my novel.

I have been struggling with cooking lately. The kids eat so much and it's just so constant I'm looking at ways I can reduce feelings of overwhelm when it comes to my instant pot. I have an 8qt instant pot. I love it. I use it daily. I use it so much that I'm planning on getting a second IP, actually I bought a 6qt yesterday but now I'm torn about it.
A little background:
So I originally had a 6qt instant pot (I got my first one back in late 2014) and but it died after a few years and I replaced it with an 8qt since our family was larger. I bought 6 qt yesterday as a second instant pot. I was almost positive I still had the old 6qt liner pot from my old IP. I was thinking I would just keep trading the two pot liners to do beans or bone broth as needed and then I'd have my 8qt free for the things I already use it for daily.

I can't find the 6qt liner and now I'm thinking I purged it with a bunch of kitchen stuff in our move last year.

I was already planning on buying another 8qt liner pot because a lot of the things I make need to soak and I just always having a clean pot handy would reduce a lot of my cooking stress.

Pros of the 6qt: It has a smaller foot print on the counter and I don't need 8 qts for some of the side things I plan to do. I could buy another 6qt pot liner for $20. and then I could trade the 6qt pot as needed if I'm doing bone broth I can let that cool and put the pot in the fridge while I take the soaked beans and pop that in to cook them. The 6qt pots would take up less space in the fridge as well which is a definite positive.

Cons of 6qt: It's smaller, I'm a little nervous that as my boys grow I'm going to wish I had the larger size..maybe.


Pros of the 8qt: I would then have the option to rotate the 8qt pots however I want to, especially if I bought another two 8 qt pot liner. Thought that would be another $62 + an additional $10 for that IP. Not the end of the world but more of an investment. But I would have 4 whole pots rotating and always have one cooking some thing or clean and ready when I need it, which would be amazing

Cons of the 8qt: It's a bigger foot print on the counter, the pots in the fridge would be a bit much. Also the extra pots wouldn't nest so that's space in the cabinet...Also It would be a bit more of a financial investment.

I'm feeling like the size of the 6qt would be more palatable on the counter by the dish drain. My 8 qt I tuck into the island now and again but if I get another IP it's living on the counter. I can't decide. Also the extra 6qt pot could nest into the extra 8qt pot in the cabinet when not in use.

What would you do?
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Old 07-25-2022, 05:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

We actually have a shelf out in the garage that holds the 8-quart, the two 6 quarts, and the two 3 quarts that we have.


Yes, that's a lot of them. But we use all three sizes on a regular basis in a month. Black Friday they're usually specials are instant pot.

So if I were you, I would keep the 6th Court for now and buy another eight quart during black friday.
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

I'd do the 6 the ability to store easier and place in fridge when needed wins for me.
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

For me, the storage space issues would be the tie breaker and I'd keep the 6.
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Default Re: Help? Instant Pot: Trying to Decide keep the 6qt or go up to 8 again?

I have a 6 and an 8 and use them both about equally, but for different things.
Often that's even for the same meal. Two different sizes is more versatile.

One advantage to the 6 is that the liner fits nicely inside the 8 qt for pot-in-pot dishes.
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