Posts tagged: Confession

2012 Winter Recipe Contest Winners

By , March 31, 2012

3 Instant Pot IP LUX60 300x185 2012 Winter Recipe Contest WinnersThere were 43 submissions with 50+ recipes for the contest.  Wow!  The user base of electric pressure cooker is surprising strong and enthusiastic!

Thank you all for participating.  It’s joyful interacting with you.

Meanwhile, it’s very difficult to choose the winners. We had debats and come up with the list based on our criteria set out on the contest terms, i.e. details of description, practicality and creativity.   A little confession to make. Our staff are apparently leaning toward recipes with pictures attached. Pictures are one key part of the description and they make the recipe enticing.

  • Kellie F.:NOT Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon“. The recipe reflects the value and advantages of electric pressure cookers. A complicated dish with complex tastes can be made within 45 minutes.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Winter contest.  We’ll contact you in email for shipping detail. To all participants, by continuing sharing, we will all end up as winners.

At Instant Pot Company, we also learned something beyond recipes.

Teresa G. said: “This is like a great cookbook!”

Indeed, we’d love to make InstantPot.com a great cookbook useful to all users. We shall continue encouraging sharing of recipes.  The contest must go on.  Every season, we’ll award 2 free Instant Pot to two authors of recipes submitted during the period.  Please keep your recipes coming.

Designing Instant Pot Model IP-LUX60/50

By , January 31, 2012

After a runaway success of our model IP-CSG60/50, we have been looking for design ideas for our new models.  Our source of inspiration came from user feedback.  In general, the vast majority of our customers approves of our design philosophy of “Safe, Convenient and Dependable”.  Instant Pot is about “set and forget” cooking style, leveraging the micro-processor controlled smart cooking programs.

Summarizing the user feedback, we found two areas which need improvement or enhancement.

  1. Convenient and intuitive user interface.
  2. Versatility of cooking capabilities.

We have taken these two points to heart and implemented them in the design of our new model IP-LUX60/50.  This blog covers how the user interface is improved.  I’ll talk about how the versatility is enhanced in my next blog.

We have a confession to make.  The most support calls we received are questions about the flashing dashes and the marquee symbol (for pre-heating) in IP-CSG60/50.  We decided to use plain English on the display to make the status display intuitive. Due to the limitation of the LED display panel, it’s a small challenge to find the right words.

Now in our new model IP-LUX60/50, the followings are used.

InstantPot cooking process flow chart

Another improvement to usability is to allow manual changes to all preset cooking time.  Simply, press and hold “+” or “-” to race the number to your desired cooking time. Note this doesn’t apply to the fully automated “Rice” and “Multigrain” programs.