The Difference Between an Instant Pot and a Slow Cooker

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This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com.

I am asked on a regular basis how an Instant Pot is different from a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, and I am mildly offended on behalf of my Instant Pot. My Instant Pot can do many things, many beautiful things, and pressure cooking is just one of them. Slow cooking is another. Should I go on? Of course I will because I cannot help myself where Instant Pot is concerned. 

If you have yet to join the cult, an Instant Pot is a programmable, multi-function electric cooker sold by the Instant Pot Company. Per the official Instant Pot website, the device was “designed by Canadians with the objectives of being Safe, Convenient and Dependable.” These are qualities about which Canadians do not joke, so it may come as no surprise that Instant Pot legendarily sold 215,000 units on Amazon’s Prime Day in 2016, with no print or TV marketing—just by word of mouth.

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But slow cookers, rice cookers, and pressure cookers have been getting the job done since time immemorial, no? Why can’t we have nice, simple things? Hey, maybe you live in Buckingham Palace or a Nancy Meyer movie or something, but some of us don’t have a whole lot of counter or cabinet storage to spare. Every object that lives in my kitchen has to earn its keep, and Instant Pot more than justifies the real estate it takes up by doing septuple duty as a slow cooker, rice or porridge cooker, pressure cooker, saute pan, steamer, warmer, and yogurt maker. (Note to self: Do more yogurt making.) I’m also a ridiculously messy human and minimizing the number of objects with which I have to interact and subsequently scrub is a crucial element in my not ending up as the subject of an episode of Hoarders.

The beauty of the Instant Pot is that it’s slob-proof. It has an easily wipeable plastic shell with a digital panel on the front with buttons that say things like “steam” or “poultry.” I plop my ingredients in the removable stainless steel inner pot, twist the lid and steam valve into place, get rewarded by a series of pleasing beeps that I interpret as love and approval, jab at a button, and wait a little while. It beeps again and then there is food for me to scoop out and eat, and it is perfect every time. If I am making this same meal in a pressure cooker, I am riddled with anxiety that my kitchen will explode. If it’s in a slow cooker, I must fight my impulse to lift the lid and peer inside, thus setting the clock back for at least half an hour. Instant Pot knows my peccadilloes even better than I do and physically locks itself until the cooking cycle is complete. I tend to accidentally harm myself with steamer baskets on stovetops, and Instant Pot forestalls that.

I suppose what I’m saying is that Instant Pot protects me from myself. Even if you require infinitely less emotional engagement with your kitchen gear, an Instant Pot is a savior of space, time, effort, and possibly cash if you were to invest in all the individual pieces of gear that are consolidated within this wondrous machine. Have I perhaps been brainwashed into joining some sort of gear-based kitchen cult that will someday attempt to override my neural functions with a sequence of audio tones and have me undertake a task of their bidding? I’m cool with that, so long as my chicken keeps turning out as moist as it does. Consider joining me. (No pressure.)

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How to Get Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

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This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com.

I don’t care about most national food holidays unless I can get free food. And this National Coffee Day—which falls on Friday, September 29—I can get free coffee, which is even better than free food if you ask me. Some national coffee chains are serving up buy one, get one free deals, while others are offering discounts on beans. But a few companies are actually handing out coffee to whoever wants it, no purchase necessary. 

So read on to find our where you can get free coffee on National Coffee Day this year, and live your most caffeinated life.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts is having a buy one, get one offer this National Coffee Day, according to a press release from the company. Any customer that purchases a medium, large, or extra-large cup of hot coffee will receive “an additional medium-sized hot coffee for free.”

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Coffee Day all weekend long. According to a press release sent to Extra Crispy, anyone can walk into a participating Krispy Kreme and get a hot coffee in any size or a small iced coffee from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, no purchase necessary.

Peet’s Coffee

If you’ve been waiting for a sale on coffee beans, now’s your chance. On Friday, September 29, Peet’s customers will get a 25 percent discount on all coffee beans and a free drip coffee or tea with their purchase. If you can’t make it into a Peet’s store, you can also get 25 percent off any “regular, non-subscription bean purchases” on the coffee shop’s website when you use the promo code COFFEEDAY17, according to a press release.

Starbucks

Starbucks is having a non-traditional National Coffee Day. You won’t be getting any free coffee, but according to a statement emailed to Extra Crispy, all of the menu boards will be replaced by signs describing Starbucks’ ethical sourcing commitments and coffee farmer support and reminding customers that they’re supporting farmers by buying Starbucks, which I guess is kind of the same thing as free coffee? But free coffee would’ve been nice, too.

Tim Hortons

Much like Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons is also extending the duration of this national food holiday. For a full week—from Friday, September 29, until Friday, October 6—customers will be able to get a free original blend, dark roast, decaf, or iced coffee of any size if they download the Tim Hortons app. This deal is only good at participating American locations. (Sorry, Canada.)

Wawa

Wawa is celebrating National Coffee Day in all of its stores by giving out “free coffee, any size, all day,” according to a statement sent to Extra Crispy. Bless you, Wawa, for keeping it simple, and reminding all of us of the true meaning of this caffeinated holiday.

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Halo Top Announces Their First Non-Dairy and Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-dairy ice cream!

On Thursday, Halo Top, the low-calorie ice cream brand that’s been taking grocery stores by storm, announced they were releasing their first non-dairy and vegan flavors — seven of them to be exact.

The new flavors are all recreations of the brand’s already successful pints including Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate, Oatmeal Cookie, Sea Salt Caramel, Caramel Macchiato, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Covered Banana.

The new line will be made using coconut milk, but don’t worry, Halo Top promises the new pints will taste just as delicious as their original offerings. Plus, with pints ranging from 280-360 calories, they’re still totally guilt-free.

Halo Top ice cream have quickly developed a cult-like following since their creation in 2012 and in July of 2017 they became the best-selling pint of ice cream in U.S. grocery stores, beating out more traditional brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.

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“The number one request that we get from our fans is to make a non-dairy and vegan-friendly version of Halo Top. Whether you have to or choose to restrict dairy — or only eat vegan — we always want to make sure we listen to our fans,” Justin Woolverton, Founder & CEO of Halo Top, said in a press release. “It took a long time to ‘get it right,’ but we’re absolutely thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait for our fans to try these flavors.”

The seven new flavors will hit stores nationwide starting mid-October, but if you just can’t wait until then, they’re available for purchase online here now.

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Halo Top Announces Their First Non-Dairy and Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

[brightcove:5043829761001 default]

This article originally appeared on People.com.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-dairy ice cream!

On Thursday, Halo Top, the low-calorie ice cream brand that’s been taking grocery stores by storm, announced they were releasing their first non-dairy and vegan flavors — seven of them to be exact.

The new flavors are all recreations of the brand’s already successful pints including Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate, Oatmeal Cookie, Sea Salt Caramel, Caramel Macchiato, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Covered Banana.

The new line will be made using coconut milk, but don’t worry, Halo Top promises the new pints will taste just as delicious as their original offerings. Plus, with pints ranging from 280-360 calories, they’re still totally guilt-free.

Halo Top ice cream have quickly developed a cult-like following since their creation in 2012 and in July of 2017 they became the best-selling pint of ice cream in U.S. grocery stores, beating out more traditional brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About the Low-Calorie Ice Cream Halo Top

“The number one request that we get from our fans is to make a non-dairy and vegan-friendly version of Halo Top. Whether you have to or choose to restrict dairy — or only eat vegan — we always want to make sure we listen to our fans,” Justin Woolverton, Founder & CEO of Halo Top, said in a press release. “It took a long time to ‘get it right,’ but we’re absolutely thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait for our fans to try these flavors.”

The seven new flavors will hit stores nationwide starting mid-October, but if you just can’t wait until then, they’re available for purchase online here now.

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