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Preparing meals as a handicapped person

June 30, 2019Will Leffert

Let's talk about something besides art. Besides web development. Besides whatever project I have going on at the time.

Let's talk about preparing meals as a handicapped person.

I originally hated cooking for one reason: I'm bad at it. As a programmer, I find the vagueness of so many instructions to be maddening. Do I have to buy a scale to measure 1.5lbs of chicken? Which is it, 10 minutes, or 15 minutes? How do I know if something is "done"?

Now, I hate cooking because I find the entire process to be physically draining. I can't stand in a kitchen for an extended period of time. Chopping, dicing, mixing and more are difficult when my hands aren't working. Dishes? Forget about it. Even with my dishwasher, I find it a severe chore (especially since larger items won't fit in it).

However, since I'm currently on a tighter budget, I can't afford to just go out and eat whenever I feel like it. So, I did some research.

There is a fantastic device out there called an Instant Pot. Its like a Crock Pot, but so much faster, easier, and all around useful.

I'm currently fixing my second dish in mine as I write this. I'm hoping to finish writing before it finishes! I'm going to have lime chicken tacos for the next few days, and I'm ecstatic about the prospect. I just tossed in a few ingredients, set the timer, and wait.

The best part? There are so many stupid-simple recipes for people like me who can't prepare a bunch of items easily.

My first meal was a little challenging; Thai chicken noodles. The prep work was difficult, but not too bad that day. Still, it came out amazing, and I can actually claim to have cooked a meal from scratch.

In about 12 minutes I'll be eating real, cooked food, and I'm insanely happy about that.

If you're like me, and have difficulty operating in the kitchen, get an instant pot. Seriously.