Achievement Unlocked: Got a 3rd Pot

So I took advantage of the May 9th Mother’s Day sale at Amazon, to get the DUO Plus for $99 USD instead of $119 USD. It arrived yesterday, and now I have a family of three!

As you can see, the designated Instant Potting space in my crap-ass kitchen isn’t exactly big enough for all of them. I’m not sure yet how I am going to deal with that.

Originally, I’d planned on designating the LUX as my “traveling salespot”, potentially loaning it to my mom, cousin, co-worker, as a way to recruit more people into the InstaCult. But with all three of them sitting there together (the three pots, not the three potential cult members), my loyal and dutiful little LUX still draws on my heartstrings and the thought of parting company is making me feel guilty. 🙁

Even more odd: when the Ultra and the Duo-Plus were both announced, I fell instantly in love with the new Duo-Plus control panel — while being less enthralled with the new Ultra control panel.

When the Ultra arrived, I discovered it is definitely one sexy little beast. I gaze upon it regularly when I’m in the kitchen. 🙂

Whereas when the Duo-Plus was unpacked last night, I’m feeling kinda lukewarm about it aesthetically.

Intellectually I know it’s superior to the old style control panel, but when I look at the three of them side by side, it’s definitely the most understated of the three, until…


…you turn them on!

Great Googlie Mooglie! Look how bright that monster is!

I need sunglasses just to type this post with that below image in view!!!!



Seriously folks. That little bugger is BRIGHT. What’s up with that?


Danger! Danger!

So anyhoo, in preparation for a big weekend Pot Party (heehee), I went grocery shopping.

Worse: I went grocery shopping without having done any meal planning, and without any kind of list.

Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Danger!

Among other things, I now have in my possession the following:

  • 1 pound of mild Italian sausage, in casings
  • 2 pounds (half-rack) of pork loin back ribs
  • 2 pounds of thick-cut boneless pork loin chops
  • 3 pounds of 80/20 ground beef
  • 3 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken wings
  • 6 pounds of bone-in pork shoulder butt roast
  • 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Tomatoes, Cilantro, English Cucumber, Mung Bean Sprouts
  • Scallions, Heavy Whipping Cream, Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Fairlife Milk: 2% and Whole, plus 1 container of Fage plain yogurt
  • 2 enormous artichokes (sold by the “each” not by the pound!)
  • 2 pounds of large whole white mushrooms
  • 2.5 pounds of white potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 ears of white corn (still in the husks)
  • Giant container of raspberries
  • Package of some kind of long Asian noodles


Obviously I at least had a plan to try Dueling Yogurt with the 2% versus Whole Fairlife in the DUO Plus and the Ultra — hopefully doing a better job than last time with trying Amy & Jacky’s Yogurt #12. (And theoretically if I try doing ribs again at the same time, in the LUX, this time I’ll actually remember to put the water in the pot!)

The chicken I’m probably going to have to break it all down and freeze it, though some of it can be routed into another attempt at Thai Chicken Coconut Soup, or Creamy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, in an attempt to redeem myself from the previous disaster.

The English Cumber and the Asian noodles are probably going to be for attempting P.F. Chang’s Garlic Noodles.

The mushrooms are destined for Renaissance Faire-Style Mushrooms, and the raspberries for Raspberry Curd. Which means cheesecake should probably be on the horizon.

(Holy shit! I can cook three cheesecakes all at once now!!)

Theoretically with three pots, I can get all the rest of that meat cooked over the weekend before it starts turning green. Right? RIGHT?

But I’m pretty sure I’m completely certifiable at this point.

Somebody please talk me off the ledge. What have I done?  Help!


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  • Beth Fuchs

    Now that you have had a few days with all three of these lovely critters, what is your opinion? I have the LUX and the Ultra but am really looking at that Duo Plus thinking that I want it, even knowing that the mini is supposed to be coming out around July. Do I need to hop up on the ledge with you????

    • Jen Neefer

      I’ve only used the Plus three times so far, so definitely not enough field testing to give a full assessment of it. It’s a nice machine, I just need to set my comfortable and familiar old LUX to the side, and start making the Plus my default pot and really give it a workout.

      At this point I’d say wait until July, when we have more info on the specs for the Mini, then decide. The dimensions for the Mini seem to be 12″, which makes it barely a smaller footprint than the 6 Qt models. I’d want to see actual real life physical side by side photos of it with the other models, and not just standalone images not showing accurate scale differences.

      If the mini ends up being barely a smaller footprint, and mostly just shorter, and if it also has the old style control panel, you might then decide the Plus is the better choice. Sorry to have go all Magic 8 Ball on you, but that’s the best I can do right now: “Answer hazy, ask again later.” 🙂

      • Beth Fuchs

        Thanks for the info! I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting the mini for my office. I’m excited about the idea of driving people crazy with the aroma that is going to be coming out of the office when I open the little mini with yummy goodness for lunch!

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