Many years ago in another life I used a crock pot and everything I made in that crock pot tasted the same. And every recipe I found used cream of something soup or onion soup mix—bleh! I still have a crock pot—it sits on a shelf in the Montana downstairs pantry gathering dust—I bring it out for parties to keep food warm.
So along comes Judy from the Patchwork Times—she lives in the country, has chickens, raises a HUGE garden, feeds the two of them fabulous meals and raves about the Instant Pot—a seven function machine—slow cooker, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, rice cooker, saute/browning, steamer and warmer. Judy felt the same way I did about the original crockpots, cream of something soups and onion soup mixes. She was so determined to make this work—in summer time, Judy is in her garden from early morning to late evening. She wanted a way to have dinner on the table when her husband Vince comes home from work. So Judy ordered the book, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers by Stephanie O’Dea.
I have had the Instant Pot in my Amazon “saved for later” cart for I bet at least one year if not longer—I just couldn’t hit the buy button at $129. I was glancing through the Amazon “deal of the day” during last week’s cyber selling blitz when I noticed the Instant Pot—at $68!!!! I hit the buy button so fast the computer was smoking!! And I also ordered a used copy of the cookbook.
Well, Sunday we enjoyed our first meal from the cookbook/Instant Pot. We eat our large meal of the day around 1pm and if you were going to cook a roast in the old style crockpot, you would have to get up mighty early to get that roast cooked by 1pm! Not with the Instant Pot—it has a delay timer allowing me to put the pot out in the garage (I don’t like to smell food cooking during the night ) and set the timer to start cooking at 4am. The roast and vegetables were outstanding—delicious and not one can of cream of something was used. The entire cookbook has fabulous recipes using mostly ingredients I have on hand—I’m trying another recipe for tomorrow—Beef and Green Chile Stew.
Michael has worked on the countertops all day long—we are nearing completion and then I will post photos. I had a HOA board meeting this morning and went to Wickenburg this afternoon—there went my day!
Life is good!