Instant Pot: First Impressions

Lifestyle, Reviews

I’m a bit of a food nerd. I read about food history, watch cooking shows, pour over recipe blogs and books, and I love trying new restaurants. Over the past couple of years, I have heard a lot about the Instant Pot (if you live under a rock, it is an electric programmable pressure cooker/ multifunction cooker).  The claims range from time-saving to life-changing– entire lifestyles seem based on this one kitchen appliance.

Many years ago, when I was extremely young and married, my then-husband (from India) used a stove-top pressure cooker all the time to make dhal. It terrified me with its unpredictable screams and that one time it legitimately exploded. Imagine a kitchen ceiling shorn to the drywall, embedded with partially cooked lentils.

The horror.

The Instant Pot promises the speed of a pressure cooker with none of the terror. I had a lot of questions that could only be answered with personal experience. So I bought one.  Here are my initial impressions:

How to be Lazy: Work Smarter Not Harder

Lifestyle, Lists

how to be lazyI live with chronic fatigue, pain, weakness, and generally not having any idea if I will be able to get out of bed in the morning. Yet, I still have shit to get done including housekeeping, errands, cooking, entertainment, and self-care. Over the years, I have come up with some clever ways to make it more manageable so that can maintain a clean home, healthy (ish) eating habits, and not destroy myself doing everything on my “good days”. I call it being “lazy” because it seems effortless to the uninitiated and because I have a sense of humor. As a bonus, all of these tips are budget friendly– of course it would be simple to be lazy if you could just throw money at people to do everything for you– and some of these tips can really help those with compromised immune systems by reducing how many people, handles, etc we’re exposed to.