Pulled Pineapple Pork in the Vitaclay Slowcooker, Plus a Giveaway!

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This was my first experience using the Vitaclay Slowcooker, and I was a little skeptical about how it would work out. The company claims to cook in less than half the time as traditional slow cookers, but still yield a tender, juicy, delicious meals. I decided to make a simple pasture raised pork with garlic and pineapples. I was blown away at how easy it was to work with the Vitaclay, and how amazing my meal turned out. I’m excited to try making a chili next!

According to Vitaclay:

“We created VitaClay because we are committed to whole, real, non-toxic living in every aspect of life. One big aspect, especially for the real food community, is cooking at home. It can be difficult (and expensive) to find non-toxic cooking options! And we want to make cooking traditionally as easy and affordable as possible. Our clay pots are tested and verified free of any toxic contaminants, including heavy metals and chemicals. Our pots are non-stick, but not because we added any chemical non-stick coatings! We use a proprietary high-temperature water glazing process that strengthens the clay and gives it a non-stick, chemical free surface. Our pots are a great alternative to aluminum chemical-coated pots and pans, as well as low-grade stainless steel pots widely available today. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever cooked with clay before, but once you try it you will never go back! The taste! The texture! The nutrients! You won’t believe your mouth. Our electronic housing unit makes it easy and safe to cook while you’re not in the kitchen-you could be asleep or not in the house at all. Our newest models have special settings for yogurt as well!” 

Clay is the most traditional cooking material there is, and we believe it as also the best cooking material!”

I’m sharing this recipe today, and also excited about giving away a Vitaclay Slowcooker to a lucky winner!

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Ingredients: 

1 pasture raised pork shoulder (approx 2-3lbs)

1 can of Native Forest organic pineapple chunks (juice including)

2 TBS apple cider vinegar

3-5 cloves of garlic chopped

1/4 cup of chicken stock or water

Sea salt, smoked paprika, and black pepper to taste

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Directions:

Place everything in the clay slow cooker, cover, and cook for approximately 3 hours.

 

Enjoy! (yes, it really is as simple as that). Clean up was a breeze as well! No sticking!

 

 

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I have teamed up with Vitaclay, and we will be giving away one of these amazing clay slow cookers to one lucky winner!

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Enter here:

 

The contest starts 11/25/2015 at 12am EST, and ends on 12/2/2015 at 12am EST when we will announce one lucky winner!    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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All About Grass-Fed Ghee

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What is ghee?

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Ghee is clarified butter-the butter is heated and milk solids (proteins) have been removed. The protein casein found in dairy is difficult for many people to digest. Casein is a large foreign protein that can pass through the human gut easily, contributing to what is known as “leaky” or permeable gut. When these proteins pass through the gut, they contribute to inflammatory conditions in the body. Many people think they cannot digest the lactose in dairy, but may in fact actually be reacting to the protein casein. Because the casein is removed from ghee, ghee is much easier for many to digest than butter.

 

Ghee is a stable, healthy, saturated fat. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature. Contrary to what you’ve probably heard in the past, these are the most beneficial fats for our body! These fats are fully saturated with hydrogen bonds (NOT to be confused with hydrogenated oils). Saturated fats are stable, and do not easily oxidize (break down) or go rancid. They can be heated to higher temperatures, unless liquid vegetable oils that have been highly processed. Saturated fats include fats such as lard, tallow, butter, suet, ghee, duck fat, coconut oil, palm oil. Saturated fats are beneficial to the body. These fats insulate myelin in the brain (memory, mood stability, alertness), strengthen the immune system and help to regulate hormones for normal hormone function. Ghee contains short-chain fatty acids as well, that are easily metabolized by the body. What this means is that the body can digest and utilize these fatty acids efficiently, reaping benefits to the body.

 

Ghee contains omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids, along with Vitamins A, D, E, and K.  According to Chris Kresser, “There’s a common misconception that beta-carotene found in fruits and vegetables is the same thing as vitamin A. It’s not. Beta-carotene is the precursor (inactive form) of retinol, the active form of vitamin A. While beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in humans, only 3% gets converted in a healthy adult. And that’s assuming you’re not one of the 45% of adults that don’t convert any beta-carotene into vitamin A at all. This means that – contrary to popular wisdom – vegetables like carrots and red peppers are not adequate food sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is found in significant amounts only in liver and grass-fed dairy. You’d have to eat a huge amount of beta-carotene from plants to meet vitamin A requirements during pregnancy. For example, 3 ounces of beef liver contains 27,000 IU of vitamin A. To get the same amount of vitamin A from plants (assuming a 3% conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A), you’d have to eat 4.4 pounds of cooked carrots, 40 pounds of raw carrots, and 50 cups of cooked kale!” -Chris Kresser, The Healthy Baby Code.

 

Grass-fed or pastured ghee is a very high source of CLA, aka conjugated linoleic acids. CLA is  a potent cancer fighter. The digestive systems of grass-fed ruminants produce CLA. CLA is associated with superior heart health, suppression of tumors, reduced belly fat and overall increased fat loss. Pasture raised (grass-fed) cows lead to dairy CLA levels 3-5 times that of grain-fed cattle! Always look for grass-fed butter if you are making your own ghee, or grass-fed ghee if you are buying it.

 

Ghee is excellent for nerve conduction and insulation of the brain. Ghee is great for skin, eyes, and joints-it is rich with antioxidants and boosts the immune system. Ghee is high in butyric acid which has anti-viral properties and may inhibit tumor growth.

 

How do you use ghee? Ghee is great for all your cooking and baking needs. It adds amazing flavor to sauteed or roasted veggies! You can melt it and bake with it. You can serve it on top of potatoes just like butter. Grass-fed ghee is an all around healthy superfood that adds superior flavor and healthy benefits to all your dishes!

 

Pictured: Sweet potato crisps roasted in ghee

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What is my favorite ghee?

 

I LOVE and highly recommend OMghee brand ghee! The taste is superior to any other brand out there, and the texture is creamy!

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About Kathryn:

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Kathryn Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)  through The Nutritional Therapy Association, and a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor through The University of San Diego. Her undergraduate degree is in Movement Science from Westfield State College. Her Master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. She specialize in healing digestion, balancing blood sugar, balancing hormones, and autoimmune conditions.

If you are interested in a free phone consultation to see how I can support your healing, contact me!

 

 

* Please note: This is a personal blog.  All data and information provided on this site is for informational/educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitution for professional medical advice.