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Does anyone use an insta pot?

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Has anyone purchased an instapot cooker in Portugal?

I have never used one but my US friends swear they do everything and given the tiny size of the kitchen in my Porto apartment, I think I would like to give it a try.

 I looked at El Corte Ingles in Gaia but no luck.

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Try Worten or Amazon, both stock them.

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@hartmill

thanks! I know where to find Worten.

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Have a look on Amazon Spain?  I bought mine from Amazon UK before Brexit.  It's great for soups, curries, it did an all in one pasta recipe in 3 minutes cooking time !  Love mine. 

 

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I bought mine on Amazon. Have never seen one in Portugal for sale.

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thanks!

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@longhornlady I couldn't live without it. I had 2 (large and small) back in the Uk. I brought over my small one. I bring it with me when I go to house-sitting!! I have seen them for sale in the supermarkets here and electrical stores (not instant pot brand but same type of thing). I highly recommend them.

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There are two main reasons why the Instant Pot is not easily found here:

1 - stovetop pressure cookers are cheap, readily available, standard bits of kit in most homes in mainland Europe (where there was never the fear of them that has existed in other places), starting at well under half the price of an Instant Pot - and you can do pretty much all the other things an Instant Pot can in one of them (just without the automation);

2 - the Bimby (which is a Thermomix in other European countries), whilst massively more expensive, has a widespread cult following, and can do loads of things (overlapping with, but not completely covering, the Instant Pot - it doesn't pressure cook, because see point 1), in the same small space.  It's made in France/Germany, and has evolved since the 60s, so is "the" brand for multi appliances (and various copies exist).

None of this is to denigrate the Instant Pot!  It just doesn't seem to have found much of a market here.  Worten have a Crockpot version of the Instant Pot on their site (but showing out of stock online), the CSC051X, for a better price than importing an Instant Pot.  

However, as Astrid mentions, you can get Instant Pots from Amazon Spain.  If you use a third party seller, make sure they are EU based seller (if not Amazon itself) - non European sellers may not sell the EU version (in terms of voltage); and imports from the UK or elsewhere may run you up huge additional costs in tax/duty/fees.

 

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