Everyone who likes to cook is buzzing about the Instant Pot.
And if you don't yet have this electric cooker, it may be on your Christmas list. But is it as great as some say, or just a gimmick?
We tested it out with the help of a Cincinnati-area mom, so you don't waste your money.
Heather Whitton was never a big fan of cooking, until now.
But open up this mom's fridge, and you'll find turkey soup, potato salad, cooked veggies, and containers of all sorts of dishes she made in her $100 Instant Pot (currently offered online for $79 - $89 at many sites)
"I kept reading the reviews and it was story after story of women saying it's amazing, its so easy," she said.
Like many moms, she was skeptical of this combo electric crock pot and pressure cooker. She had used an old-school pressure cooker before, on the stove, and found it tricky to use (and dangerous too).
But the first day, she made melt in your mouth ribs, without having to cook all day. It was almost as if the Instant Pot knew what to do, she said.
"One of the first big things I made was ribs, which took an hour or less," she said, instead of 4 hours in a slow cooker.
Cooking up a pasta and meatballs meal
She showed us what some call "soccer mom pasta."
"It's really quick easy pasta, especially if you need to do something to get the kids out the door," Whitton explained.
She didn't even thaw the bag of frozen meatballs, and just tossed them into the pot. Then we watched her toss a 16 ounce box of pasta on top of the meatballs, followed by a jar of marinara sauce.
Whitton added water, closed and sealed the lid, and turned on the electric pot. 15 minutes later, it beeped and indicated the pasta meal was done.
She released the steam slowly (according to the instructions), opened the lid, and stirred up a perfect bow-tie pasta and meatball dinner.