I’ll reveal four secrets to marvelous pressure cooker meats and share my best tips while we make two recipes: a savory Spiced Beef Stew and an easy Chicken Cacciatore.
The reality is that by the time the cooker has reached pressure, some meats will already be overcooked. So let’s take a look at what cuts of meats are best for the pressure cooker and the tricky ones.
Fresh meat can be 45-70% water. Plus, if you add 10-15% more liquid for brined and frozen meats you’re going to end up with AT LEAST and an additional cup of cooking liquid for each pound of meat that goes into the pressure cooker.
Unfortunately, once you overcook a piece of meat in the pressure cooker, there’s no going back. You’ll be left with a pile of dry, tasteless…
When I pressure cooked my first roast, I was so excited. But then, I couldn’t recognize what was on that serving platter! The roast had shrunken into a dark, tasteless, hard thing that…
A classic stew that showcases how the pressure cooker can give boundless flavor and tender meat by using few well-chosen ingredients and techniques.
The liquid appears to magically increase while pressure cooking this recipe, but – don’t worry – no one snuck into the pressure cooker to add more! Let me explain.
We’re going to steam some broccoli and then I’m going to show you a technique that will turn any package of frozen veggies into a delicious stew. But wait… there’s more!
Sigh… I have a confession to make.Not everyone is going to enjoy…
Steaming broccoli sounds simple, right? But, first, we need a steamer basket to steam them with!
This technique will work with any frozen vegetable. There’s no measuring, slicing or dicing, just dump and go!
How you open the pressure cooker is actually an important part of the recipe. Let’s review the four pressure cooker opening methods and…
This pressure cooker chili is a one pot meal made with items you can find in any pantry. The black beans add depth and the lentils add a little spice – the mushrooms tie everything together into savory, satisfying dish.
Today, we’re pressure cooking beans! We’ll discuss the difference between pressure cooking beans straight from dry, versus soaked. I will… Read More »
Here’s a bowl of red kidney beans that I took right out of the package and put in the pressure cooker. Do you see how unevenly cooked they are?
Let me show you two ways to soak beans. The first one is the traditional overnight soak, and the second one only takes twelve minutes – that’s the quick-soak!
Today we’re going to use the pressure cooker as a rice cooker. We’re going to make two recipes. First, a… Read More »
Ok, are you ready for this? The key to perfectly cooked rice in the pressure cooker is… to
This is a pretty simple recipe that showcases how the pressure cooker’s steam can make perfect grains of fluffy rice – even brown rice! As we mentioned earlier
At the beginning of this lesson, I mentioned how if you add vegetables to your perfect pressure cooker rice you might get a mess – let me explain why.
This recipe shows you how to add vegetables to any pressure cooker rice dish but counting some of the vegetables as the cooking liquid. The exceptions
Today we’re going to make our first pressure cooker recipe: a delicious Garlic Cauliflower Potato Mash – don’t worry, it’s… Read More »
Make this recipe with any kind of potato – leave the skin on for extra fiber and protein or peel it off before starting. It’s up to you. The pressure cooker will tenderize the skins so they’ll add color, but they will be barely noticeable texture-wise.
When you double or halve a recipe, such as the Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, you don’t need to increase or… Read More »
The minimum liquid requirement is the least amount of liquid your pressure cooker needs to create enough steam to build… Read More »
Today we’re going to get acquainted with the pressure cooker. We’re going to learn all about the pressure cooker parts… Read More »
The pressure cooker has three major parts: The lid – where the valves and most of the safety systems reside;… Read More »
We described each part of the pressure cooker earlier, and detailed how each plays a role in pressure cooker safety as well.
We’re going to do a “Hot Water Test” – basically, we’re pressure cooking water. It’s a great way to see how the pressure cooker reaches pressure, maintains pressure and releases pressure.
Let’s walk through a Hot Water Test step-by-step so that you can see what to expect. Meanwhile, I’ll explain what’s going on inside the pressure cooker.