Operation costs of Instant Pot vs Gas Stove

December 19th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Recently, Mango used an Instant Pot for the first time and immediately became enamoured with it.  Pressure cooking is pretty convenient for a few reasons.  Sometimes it's faster than stovetop cooking, you never have to worry about your pot boiling over, and if you follow the directions, you don't have to worry about scorching.

Having an analytical mind, Mango was curious what cost more to operate: the electric Instant Pot, or a natural gas stove.

Mango measured the natural gas and electricity consumption used to cook equivalent amounts of rice and multiplied it by the cost of the utility.  The results: $0.0165 for the Instant Pot and $0.0126 for the gas stove.  While the gas stove is cheaper per minute, it's insignificantly so.  Also, remember this is based on one person's utility bill, and one recipe.  The results could easily be the other way around, particularly if pressure cooking a recipe takes significantly less time than stove cooking to achieve the same results.
 

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