The new model is capable of canning, sous vide cooking, automatic stirring—all via an impressive touch screen. It'll be in stores later this spring.
UPDATE: Instant Pot unveiled their upgrade to the best-selling multi-cooker at the 2018 International Home and Housewares Show, a large exposition that took place in Chicago earlier this month.
The Chicago Tribune was able to get up close and personal with the new product, called the Instant Pot Max, on the expo's floor. It seems people are mostly excited about the Max's new canning ability.
Instant Pot Marketing Manager Anna Di Meglio confirmed that the Max will be able to reach 15 PSI, enabling canning—but she also confirmed another major upgrade to the new unit, which is a sous vide capability. The Instant Pot Max is equipped with a temperature dial, meaning you'll be able to precisely control the temperature of the water in your pot to evenly cook any protein masterfully.
The Tribune also learned just how useful the Instant Pot Max's touch screen will be: Di Meglio confirmed that you won't need to fear being blasted by steam when venting your pot because it's now done via the new touch screen.
“You don’t have to turn the steam release handle or press the quick release button, staying completely away from the steam,” she said. “You can also program the venting, including pulse releases.”
The company hasn't released the exact sales price for the new model, but it's rumored to be upwards of $200. Keep an eye out for more information on the Instant Pot Max for when it hits stores near you later this spring.
The original article, published on March 8, continues below:
The Instant Pot has lifted a lot of the burden off home cooks when it comes to putting classic dishes on the table. But the newest version, called the Instant Pot Max, looks like it will once again revolutionize some time-consuming kitchen tasks.
The Instant Pot that you likely already own is a magical gadget that can do many things, from ultra speedy pressure cooking, to making perfect rice, and even making complicated desserts easy as, well, pie.
But, as The Kitchn reports, the forthcoming Instant Pot Max adds a couple of really nifty capabilities to the lineup, including an automatic stirring feature (hello self-stirred risotto!) and a canning function for preserving food.
That's right. The new Instant Pot Max is equipped with technology that lets the pressure cooker reach upwards of 15 PSI to effectively preserve things like jams, sauces, and fruit. The feature will revolutionize the way you use your kitchen to save the best foods of each season, like these preserved figs from the height of a summer harvest.
In addition to the new canning mode, and the automatic stirring function, there is a laundry list of safety features (which may or may not dissuade any fears of malfunctions). These features include a new touch screen as well as automatic slow venting, pulsed venting, and a new quick-release venting feature.
The Instant Pot Max is expected to launch in May or June and is reportedly only available in the six-quart model. The price tag is estimated to be around $200, but that may change as the manufacturer rolls out the model into storefronts across the nation. We'll update this story with more information, and where to find your new Instant Pot, as it becomes available.