Instant Pot has gained a cult following among people who love to cook but don't love to spend all their time in the kitchen. The electric pressure cooker is all about convenience—reducing the dirty dishes and cooking time involved in many tricky recipes—and now the brand has come out with a new product designed to make home cooks' lives even easier.
According to The Verge, Instant Pot's new Ace Blender is a blender and a cooker in one. It does everything a regular blender does: You can use it to crush ice, mix fruits into smoothies, and mix vegetables into soups. What makes it an Instant Pot appliance are the eight "smart built-in programs," each made for preparing a different item.
If you're making soup, you can press the soup option and the blender will heat up your ingredients as you process them. The gadget can also chill your food—perfect for churning butter or ice cream. The Ace Blender features settings for three milk alternatives—soy milk, rice milk, and nut/oat milk—and comes with a mesh bag for straining them.
The option to cook and blend soup in one spot is a game-changer for anyone who's ever had to transfer hot liquid around a kitchen. And Instant Pot's blender is built from special glass that can endure extreme temperature changes, so the nightmare scenario of boiling-hot soup shattering the vessel mid-blend is no longer a possibility.
[h/t The Verge]