So here’s what happened…I was relaxing around the pool with friends while on vacation in Tucson. Grown-ups only. Minimal distractions. Piles of books we’ve been dying to read. Adult beverages. One of my friends casually mentioned that Instant Pots were the “deal of the day” on Amazon, and before we knew it, three of us had purchased them. These miracle appliances would be waiting for us when we arrived home! No more panicking about dinner at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday! Did I mention there were adult beverages?
As promised (or feared?), I was notified the Instant Pot had indeed been delivered. Remembering that I absolutely loathed repackaging and returning anything by mail, I accepted my purchase and began quizzing my friends who already owned them. Two of my friends with me on vacation immediately shared recipes and Pinterest boards. They assured us newbies that we would love our new toy and dinnertime would be forever changed in our house. I became excited about returning home and unboxing this marvel.
Full disclosure…the Instant Pot is still in the box. Now, it’s only been a few days, and I’ve been unpacking, doing laundry, buying groceries, reading a book, watching TV, feeding the cat, playing with the kids, checking Instagram….you know….I’m just sooo busy…cough, cough. But I love unboxing things from Amazon, and I love gadgets that will make my life easier! So why am I too scared to even read the quick start instructions?
Perhaps it’s the fact that, while I like to cook when time allows, I loathe to cook after work/practice/classes every day of the week. I know the Instant Pot is supposed to remedy that situation. But what if it doesn’t, and I’m back to cereal and PB&Js for dinner because I Just. Can’t. Deal? Is this appliance going to go the way of my crockpots (yes, more than one), bread maker and rice cooker? Will this be like the money I threw at a subscription recipe service, and never used? And this thing is HUGE! Maybe I should have ordered a smaller one.
My problem is fear. Fear of yet another failed attempt to make dinnertime easy. Until a personal chef offers up free services, I’m in charge. But really, I just have to make an attempt. I never gave my other gadgets the good ol’ college try. School is out and I can devote time to learning all it can do. Yep, it’s time for me to go for it or get off the Pot…right after I decide to take it out of the box.