Excellent product, rice made PIP great and not sticky, hard beans made like they had been slow cooked for 2 days in one evening. Stew made in a half hour. Small learning curve...pasta times need a bit of experimentation. Reheating leftovers great using PIP. I would sautee on stove top to brown or fry, then place browned meat, veggies and liquids into cooker to lengthen life of nonstick inside pot.