Time is a precious commodity. If you'd like to spend less of it standing in front of a stove, consider investing in a pressure cooker, which can significantly shorten cooking times for a variety of foods. (Not convinced? Check out this story on.)
The well-known (and hugely popular) Instant Pot starts at around $70, but here's a cheaper -- and arguably better -- alternative: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Gourmia GPC965 6-quart pressure-cooker for $49.99 shipped (plus tax). In the past it's been priced as high as $200, though mostly it hovers around $80.
If you've never owned one of these, you might be amazed by its versatility. It not only pressure cooks foods, but also steams, sautes and slow cooks. So, yeah, if you're short on counter space, you can swap this in for your Crock Pot.
Beyond that, it offers a whopping 13 presets for things like rice, yogurt and meat. Unlike the Instant Pot and its rather dizzying array of buttons, the Gourmia features a backlit LCD and digital menu system. The 100-plus user reviews for this model average out to 4.6 stars.
About a year ago I started using a pressure cooker myself, and although they can be a little intimidating at first -- that steam-release valve! -- I can definitely understand the popularity. One of my favorite recipes so far: Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. (It's on the healthy side, too.)
Note: Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new sale prices and/or availability.
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