Have you tried an InstaPot? Why I choose one and a delicious meal.

About a month ago I decided to add an Instapot to my kitchen arsenal.  I had been looking at alternatives to my Cuisinart electronic pressure cook and my little electric rice cooker.  The reason for the search - teflon.  Both of these appliances have teflon coated cooking pots.  It has been noted that teflon and such nonstick surfaces once they begin to break down, become a true health hazard!

"According to the Environmental Working Group, teflon and PFOA (which is the chemical used to make teflon) are some of the most persistent chemicals in the world. Their toxic legacy will outlive every one of us, and the next 25 generations of our offspring. Ironically, it may shorten each generation’s lifespan, as well. PFOA’s effects include liver damage, immune dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, and a decreased ability to fight infection"   If you would like to read the rest of this article, click here.

I haven't rushed into this, I have had both pots for 4+ years and I have been so careful not to scratch them.  But with my auto immune issues and Steve's' battle with cancer 7 years ago, I am just being as careful as I can be.  I am diligent about our nutrition,  using safe cookware is just another layer of caring for my family. 

And I won't lie, I was ready to jump on the instapot band wagon - I could have created the same great foods with Cuisinart  cooker BUT the instapot has a stainless steel  cooking bowl and there is no stainless replacement for the Cuisinart.  I even wrote to the company asking if it was in the works and why it was important to me.  No response and no replacement on the market.

I have made three meals with this so far and I am really happy with it. Last night I made fork tender ( really) pork chops with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and squash.  It was so good I felt a little sad that I filled up so quickly!

Maybe it was the walk with Steve and Max with the freezing cold winds blowing across the  fields  we were in.

 Beautiful farm land in CNY - over the creek and through the wood behind our house

He just can't get enough of it (snow and farm land) and was also very happy with a bite of pork chop!

I have been using this cook book - last nights recipie is on page 226

I made a few modifications - I used goat milk in the gravy instead of cream ( dairy allergy) Margarine instead of butter and de-glazed the pan with white wine after the saute stage. 

Sadly after Steve's lunch for tomorrow was made there were no more left overs

and next time Max says a whole chop!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Ginny M


That looks yummy, and I am so glad that Max got to enjoy a bite of pork chop! He is a cutie!

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