We love the Instant Pot for many reasons. Not only can it cook your food super fast, but it also has tons of different programs, allowing it to be much more than a pressure cooker. The Instant Pot Aura ($60) takes that multi-functionality and puts it into a slow cooker—that you can buy today for 54 percent off the regular price.
The Instant Pot Aura typically retails for $130. Unlike the beloved Instant Pot Duo ($130), the Aura is a multi-use programmable slow cooker, not a pressure cooker. But, because of its rectangular cooking pot, it’s better for cooking larger dishes, like a whole medium-sized chicken.
Both the Duo and the Aura function as a rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and warmer. But, the Aura can also act as a stewing pot, roasting pan, and oven-style baking dish. All of these features can be accessed by pressing the preset buttons. Although the presets are super helpful, not everyone like to cook the same way. You can play with the presets and customize them so your meal comes out just how you like it. The pot can remember your changes for next time.
The most delicious part about having a slow cooker is coming home to a delicious meal, like quinoa and black bean stuffed peppers, that’s warm and ready.
Remember that your slow cooker is only intended for use on the counter. Don’t place it on or near a hot stove, or in a heated-oven. Be sure to read the instructions—the last thing you want is a This Is Us-level slow cooker accident.
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