Shortcuts Don’t Mean Sacrifice

When I was growing up, food was a major part of my Italian family. I would watch as my grandmother would cook all day and love how rich and flavorful pasta sauce or soups would turn out. This was a very old world way of cooking and it stuck with me well into my adulthood. Fast forward to 2017, I was working two jobs and I was hungry. Let’s face it, I am a millennial and I want anything the instant I think of it. This is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to food, as I keep finding out. The internal struggle is real when it comes to microwaving dinner vs cooking something on the stove for hours or just going out to a restaurant and calling it a day.

Enter a newer kitchen appliance called the Instant Pot. It is basically a high-tech pressure cooker that is appealing to busy, non-cooking millennials and working people alike. I first heard about this from social media, the source of most of my news these days, and Black Friday was right around the corner. I love a good deal as much as I love a good dinner so I ordered one and had it shipped as fast as possible. I couldn’t wait to get this Instant Pot in my hands. I loved that it promised faster cooking time but delivered the quality of old world cooking I was used to from my youth.

When it arrived I was honestly nervous, scared, excited and skeptical all at the same time. It sat in the box for a little bit before I worked up the courage to take it out and plug it in. I decided I wanted homemade chicken noodle soup but I didn’t want to wait all day for it, so I built up the courage to open the box and go grocery shopping. I got home, threw all the ingredients into the pot and set the timer. 40 minutes later, the timer beeped and I opened the pot. I was shocked to find out I had delicious homemade soup in a fraction of the time needed for the traditional way that took all day. It tasted just like the original recipe.

Success was mine. I finally found a shortcut for cooking all my old family recipes without sacrificing any of the flavors that I love. This Instant Pot opened my eyes to how I could reevaluate my life and see how stuck in my ways I really was. One kitchen appliance has allowed me to eat in more and expand my cooking abilities. So what else have I been missing out on because I thought I knew the best way of doing things? What other shortcuts can I be doing to save my valuable time that doesn’t require me to sacrifice quality? I’m not sure, but I am willing to find out and try new things I would have otherwise stayed far away from.

Corrine Costanzo
Corrine Costanzo is a Data Specialist who works with the Marketing Team at Proforma. Corrine is very excited to see how she can grow with Proforma. When she's not at work she enjoys spending time in the Metroparks and cheering for Cleveland sports teams.

AboutCorrine Costanzo

Corrine Costanzo is a Data Specialist who works with the Marketing Team at Proforma. Corrine is very excited to see how she can grow with Proforma. When she's not at work she enjoys spending time in the Metroparks and cheering for Cleveland sports teams.

2 comments

    1. I find myself trying more healthier recipes since I got it too. Its amazing home much time it cuts down and I’m not going out to eat as much as I used too. I’ve recommended it to all of my friends and they have instantly fell in love with it like I have.

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