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The $299 Instant Pot Smart, available on Amazon for $250, is a Bluetooth-and-app-enabled pressure cooker.

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But this thing can do a whole lot more than pressure cook.

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You can use it as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, to saute, steam and even to make yogurt.

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The lid's handle is easy to grip for locking, unlocking and lifting.

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Slide the lid clockwise to lock it into place before use and counter-clockwise to unlock it after use; this model chimes when the lid is on the right way.

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It has a 6-quart bowl with measurement guidelines.

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The Instant Pot Smart also comes with a steaming rack, a couple of serving spoons, a measuring cup, a condensation attachment and grippy silicone mitts.

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Gearing up for pulled pork.

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Browning the pork shoulder using the saute function.

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The delicious end result…and it only took 90 minutes.

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Browning and cooking a 4-pound pork shoulder in a single pot makes cleanup much simpler.

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This is an "onsen tamago," or slow-cooked egg, courtesy of a recipe found on the Instant Pot app.

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The antiblock shield helps control the pressure cooker's steam vent and can be removed for cleaning.

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I also made a tasty rice dish in only 12 minutes.

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And a nice creme brulee in 9 minutes; I used an oven broiler to get that classic crispy top layer, after chilling the Instant-Pot-made custard overnight.

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This really is a versatile device.

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And the app, available for iOS now and Android in March, makes it possible for you to browse recipes, create your own, start or end a cooking cycle and check in on your food from up to 30 feet away.

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Although the $299 Instant Pot Smart is pricy, it can probably replace a bunch of the stuff that's taking up precious storage space in your kitchen.

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