En español | Move over, Crock-pots and pressure cookers. The multipot has merged your best traits into a programmable one-stop cooking tool. This appliance — brands include Instant Pot, Breville and Fagor ($80 to $250) — makes short shrift of such tedious tasks as stewing beef, braising a lamb shank or even fermenting yogurt. Just plug it in, add ingredients, tap a button or two, and it does everything else — generally faster than its forebears.
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Melissa Clark, author of Dinner in an Instant, contributed to this report and shared a recipe that can be done with a fast or slow cooker.
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