Goin’ all MacGyver ‘n Stuff
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The Back Story
So back in January I saw a suggestion in the FB group about how to solve the spinning pot problem, using these Heavy Duty Spring Clamps.
I was totally excited to give them a whirl, and the day they arrived I popped one on and started my Saute cycle.
About half way through cooking whatever it was I was sauteing (probably onions) this horrific burning plastic stench started terrorizing my senses, and I ripped that thing off faster than the RoadRunner zipping through a tunnel painted on the side of a giant boulder. (MeepMeep)
Oddly enough, it didn’t seem to be melted, though it was hot to the touch, so I tossed them all in the corner and have ignored them ever since.
Until this past weekend…
The Front Story
This past weekend I celebrated the arrival of my third bouncing baby Instant Pot, and prepared a whopping 5 recipes (6 if you count the fact that I made two batches of yogurt, one 2% and one whole milk).
One of those recipes was Amy & Jacky’s Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork, and after the cooking cycle was complete, I needed to reduce the sauce.
Well Saute More puts off a LOT of steam. And it was a tomato based sauce, so I was terrified of scorching and was stirring it constantly, and regularly switching hands because, as I said, steam is HOT.
Things That Make You Go Hmmm….
And it’s times like this that I wonder if, as a society, we’d be far less resourceful if MacGyver and Mythbusters were never TV shows. 😮
Because really, the first two things I think of when I have a problem are: (a) Duct Tape, and (b) MacGyver.
And so I present you with… The Cooking Oar!
“For those times when you need to stir two Instant Pots at once.”
Ok not really. I was only stirring the one Instant Pot.
But I sooooo totally MacGyver’d that shit right up, and then was back to business in no time flat with an unscorched and reduced sauce! 😀
For those who may be wondering
Here’s the full line-up of what I managed to accomplish over the weekend — it was an entirely Amy & Jacky weekend, all with varying levels of success.
- Honey Soy Chicken Wings
- Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork
- Pressure Cooker Pork Loin Chops in HK Onion Sauce
- Pressure Cooker Korean Ribs
- Yogurt #12
And now for the important part of today’s post: your feedback.
My last post from a few days ago, about Achievement Unlocked: Got a 3rd Pot, and my stupidly celebrating that by going grocery shopping with no list and no meal plan — and kinda flying blind from memory about queued-up recipes… then freaking out about WTF was I going to then do with all those random purchases — not only got zero comments, but it also caused several people to unsubscribe from new-post notifications.
Your feedback here will determine how much effort I put into this blog going forward.
FYI: It takes me 4 to 6 hours to appropriately type of the saga of any full-blown dumpster fire event. (And truth be told, it’s taken me about 2 hours just to type up THIS minimal post.) So I need to know how much y’all want to hear about, and in what level of detail. I actually do have successes, in addition to total down in flames hot messes.
The farther in the past something happened without documentation, the less I am going to remember about what went on, even when assisted by photo evidence. So what types of things do you want to hear about?
I can do short quick things, 1 or 2 times a week. With either no pictures, or a few pictures.
Or I can do long dramatic things 1 or 2 times a month — assuming something dramatic actually even happened (since my promise is to never exaggerate, and to only ever convey the actual true reality of my Hot Mess’ness).
So here are your voting options:
I can back-fill sagas based on old FB posts, that already have text and photos associated with them, to help me remember the story details:
- Achievement Unlocked: Have Pot, Will Travel
- Achievement Unlocked: Battle Wound
- Achievement Unlocked: Egg Fail
- When Pot Roast becomes Stew (aka: “Against the Grain” fail)
- Dumpster Fire Coconut Soup
- What is the “Water Test”? (and why you should do it)
- Instant Pot Models: Side-by-Side Detail Comparison
Or I could attempt to write up the two larger sagas of this past weekend:
- Dumpster Fire Honey Soy Chicken “Wings”
- Pulled Pork Poison Control
Sound off in the comments below! And remember that your feedback here will determine how much effort I put into this blog going forward.
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