Why I threw away my slow cooker… (and how I cook dinner in 20 minutes everyday..)
Lately, I’ve been working on making my mommy life a little bit easier. I’ve dove into reading several different books, including one on getting organized (something I am terrible at). I will also be starting an easy diet plan thanks to NorCalHealthySolutions.. and now I have discovered a new machine (yes, machine) that will help me create quick, healthy meals for my family in less (usually) than 20 minutes… I’m talking full meals from fresh ingredients, I throw them in a pot and dinner is ready in less than 20. These meals have also been meals that take 3-4 hours in a slow cooker!
So I’ve seen this magical machine around for awhile.. and I didn’t think much of it because I really did not need ANOTHER appliance in my kitchen. Then one day, I saw a Facebook friend brag about how she made fresh, homemade applesauce in 5 minutes! WHAT? This prompted me to do some googling.
Long, story short. Here is the new appliance that has replaced my Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker and many other appliances. Have you heard of the Instant Pot? OMGeee it is SO awesome. The crazy thing is that I’m pretty certain that even some of my pots and pans might retire because you can pretty much do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. Over the last week, We’ve cooked several dishes in the Instant Pot and might just have converted my Chef husband. 😉[easyazon_infoblock align=”none” identifier=”B00FLYWNYQ” locale=”US” tag=”thoughtcollec-20″]
The main purpose of the Instant Pot is that it is an electronic pressure cooker. It also has capabilities of a slow cooker and rice cooker which is amazing! To be completely honest. I was SCARED of anything with the name “pressure cooker” in the name. I just imagine a terrible explosion all over my kitchen because of some rookie mistake I made. However, this is were instant pot is different. It’s a “set it and forget” type of cooking method (like your slow cooker– but MUCH faster!) Also, all you do is hit a button and it takes care of the pressure settings for you. Just to show you how AWESOME this thing is.. here are a couple of things I made last week..
Braised Short Ribs with Candied Yams
and the meat is cooked PERFECTLY!
We were using this thing the day we got it.. that is how easy it is!! 🙂
Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy
And you better BELIEVE that I made Dessert in this!! We had a Blueberry dessert about 7 minutes later..
It was so easy and very yummy the kids gobbled it up.
The kicker to this thing is that in numerous studies, pressure cooking has been found to preserve the nutrients in food better than any other method? So, your slow cooker/microwave can actually be hurting your meals. Just Sayin.. 😉 It turns out that its not the temperature that matters when it comes to nutrients.. its the cooking time!
So there you have it my friends, Why I am kicking my slow cooker to the curb! 🙂
Do you have an electric pressure cooker? Do you love it?