I bought an Instant Pot from Amazon for Black Friday. I “contemplated for like six days over which one to get” to quote Kyle. I couldn’t decide between six quart and eight quart. I went with the six quart and have absolutely no regrets. It’s a great size and weight. I usually only cook for two people but it could easily cook enough food for 8-10 people, however, if you’re regularly cooking for that many people, I would go with the eight quart or bigger.
I remember when I was in middle school (early 00’s) and my step mom got a pressure cooker. She raved about how she just threw a bunch of stuff in and 30 minutes later, dinner was ready. I didn’t know that feeling until my Instant Pot. I love my Instant Pot and have only received the Burn notification a few times.
Here are a few things I’ve cooked so far:
- Garlic Parmesan Wings- Kyle said these were the most amazing wings he has ever eaten in his life.
- Enchilada Soup
- Tamales (oh, yes I did)
- Chicken for my cats (yes, I’m that cat mom)
H-E-B Curbside Grocery Pick-up
I love HEB and I am so sorry if you live in a place that doesn’t have one. Their tortillas are the closest to my great-grandma’s homemade ones that I’ve ever had. I started using the online grocery curbside pick-up a year and a half ago and it’s life changing. I’ve used it 22 times since July 4, 2018. It’s free if you submit you order 24 hours before pick-up, with only a 3% markup on groceries, which is completely reasonable since someone else is fighting the crowd for my groceries. I like it because I can stand in my kitchen (or in my classroom) and really figure out what i need. You can do add-ons for up to two hours before your pick up time and sometimes your order is done early, check online using your laptop to see when it’s ready, don’t wait for the email or text.
Shopping online makes it easy to use HEB’s yellow coupons and browse the Weekly Ad. While browsing the Weekly Ad, I saw a great deal for a Boneless Pork Center Loin Roast for about $8.28, regularly $18.53 and added it to my cart… but I didn’t realize it was going to be as big as my leg. I cut it up into several servings of chops and two small roasts, vacuum sealed, and tossed in the freezer.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
This is not new for me and neither is my crockpot. This recipe is super easy and a crowd favorite. I love my Crock Pot and was honestly a little scarred (spoiler alert) when the Crock Pot killed Jack Pearson in This is Us. A few days ago I pulled a piece of frozen pork from the freezer and allowed it to thaw. This morning, I pulled the meat from the fridge, stuck it in my Crock Pot, added:
- Meat Tenderizer
- Pork Seasoning
- 3/4’s of a can of Dr. Pepper
- Half a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce
Stirred and cooked on low for 8 hours, flipping every hour (or so) and stirring occasionally until meat was so tender it fell apart.
*We have to keep our buns protected because for some reason, our cat loves carbs and will tear the bag open if left unattended.
Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup
I used Bell of the Kitchen’s Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup Recipe and highly recommend it. This recipe was super easy and delicious!