Apple Pork Sirloin Roast Pressure Cooker Recipe

I am often asked what the best pressure cooker recipe for pork and my answer is always the same. A dish called Apple Pork Sirloin Roast. This is a super tender pork roast that has a slight apple sweetness to it and is perfect for just about any occasion. And what makes this dish even better is the fact that a pork sirloin roast is a pretty inexpensive cut of meat despite the fact that it contains the word sirloin in it. Try out this recipe and I think that you’ll like it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

3 pound pork sirloin roast
½ cup of apple juice
1 cup water
½  teaspoon onion powder
½  teaspoon garlic powder
½  teaspoon coarse black pepper
½  teaspoon salt
¼  teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

The first thing you will want to do is to mix all of your spices in a bowl and set that bowl aside. Now you want to take your pork sirloin roast and trim all of the fat off of it. Once that has been done, then take your hands and spread the spice mixture over the sirloin roast completely.

Place your roast in the cooker with the tablespoon of vegetable oil and brown it on all sides. Now you can begin to cook the roast. Add the apple juice and the water to the cooker and place the lid on tightly. If there is an option for high heat select it. If not, then raise the temperature of the cooker by placing it on a burner with high heat and bring the temperature up to high. Once it has reached this temperature, then lower the burner accordingly to keep the pressure cooker at a constant high pressure.

When the temperature has been reached, set your timer for 25 minutes. If your roast isn’t 3 pounds, then you’ll want to lower the temperature accordingly. Only cook the roast until the internal temperature of the meat can be verified with a meat thermometer to be around 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the pork roast has been cooked for the requisite amount of time, allow the cooker to cool off naturally. When the pressure has dropped, you can then plate the roast and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes.

There are a variety of different side dishes you can make with this roast. You can pressure cook new potatoes, serve it with a garlic angel hair pasta or plate it with coconut rice. You can also check pressure cooker reviews to come up with other ideas for side items. Your only limit is your imagination, so find the perfect side dish for this recipe and create a true culinary masterpiece that will impress your friends, coworkers and family.

Buying A Pressure Cooker – Part Two

Now that you have poured over pressure cooker reviews and have decided on a model that is highly rated, and has the composition and size you need, it is now time to further narrow down your selection by choosing one that has the right features for you.

Tip #4:

It is absolutely necessary that you buy a pressure cooker that has a safety valve. These valves keep steam from building up in your cooker to critical levels and basically turning it into a bomb. However, what you might not know is that there are several different types of safety valves. Let’s go over some of the most common ones, so we can choose the right one for our needs.

Weighted Valves-This type of valve is placed on top of a vent pipe and is rated for about 15 PSI of steam. When these type of pressure cooker reaches temperature, the weighted valves will begin to perform a rocking motion. When it has reached temperature, it will also start to make a whistling sound. If the sound stops while cooking, then you know that you need to fix the problem before it reaches the critical condition. Cookers with this type of valve are usually fairly inexpensive.

Modified Weighted Valves-This type of valve is connected to the machine and doesn’t perform the characteristic rocking motion that weighted valves do. This valve also maintains a pressure of 15 PSI but it does it by releasing steam on an intermittent basis. You can tell this machine has started cooking when it begins to release steam. However, since it doesn’t have an audible warning like the weighted valves do, and it can be difficult to see the steam beginning to be released, these cookers generally need to be watched closer than models with weighted valves. There is one more thing to consider: Price on models with this type of valve are usually more expensive than weighted valve models.

Tip #5:

Here are a few more features that you need to consider before putting money down on your new pressure cooker:

Cooking Rack-Some models come with a cooking rack that keeps the food above the liquid level and segregates them from each other.

Secondary Release Valves- If possible, you should also consider buying a pressure cooker with a secondary venting system. This will serve as an additional safety feature that will prevent the cooker from exploding if somehow the main vent pipe is stopped up. It’s not likely the main vent pipe will become stopped up, but it’s nice to have the peace of mind that if it did, then your pressure cooker wouldn’t become a dangerous weapon.

Warranty-Always look for a model with a good warranty. Nowadays, most reputable companies will offer at least a ten year warranty on their pressure cookers, and some even offer 12 year warranties.

And this concludes my two part guide on buying a pressure cooker. Follow this guide and you should be able to find a cooker that fits your needs and your budget.

Pressure Cooking Beans – A Complete Guide

You have gone through all of the pressure cooker reviews and have bought the best cooker that you can and now you want to put it to the test. One of the best dishes for beginners that I have found are beans. They are easy to make, delicious and full of healthy nutrients. It is also pretty hard to mess up beans in a pressure cooker and therefore they are perfect to get started with.

There are about a dozen different ways to make beans. You can steam them, boil them and even bake them. But cooking them in the cooker is one of my favorite ways because they not only turn out perfectly but also cook a whole lot quicker than other methods.

As easy are beans are to make in a pressure cooker however, there are some steps that you are going to have to follow to have them turn out perfectly. Fortunately, I have outlined these steps and presented them to you in an easy to follow format. Follow these steps and you’ll have a pot of delicious beans in no time.

Presoak The Beans

The first thing you’ll need to do is to clean and presoak the beans. Make sure that you rinse them thoroughly and pick out any small stones that may be in them. Then place them in a large bowl with some cold water and place plastic wrap over the top. Allow to soak for about 8-10 hours.

Time To Cook

After presoaking you can now move on to cooking. For every cup of beans you put in the cooker you have to use three cups of water. Just be sure to not overfill it. When cooking beans, you should never fill the cooker more than half way full.

Also be sure that you don’t add anything to the beans that might prolong their cooking time. Ingredients that might add additional cooking time include tomatoes, any type of citrus, vinegar and even salt. If you like your beans salted, then be sure to salt them after they are done cooking.

How long you cook the beans in your best pressure cooker really depends on what types of beans you have. For instance—garbanzo, black and kidney beans all take at least twenty minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. The “white” beans such as northern and navy take approximately ten minutes to cook, as does pinto and anasazi. The only white bean that really takes a long time to cook is cannellini. This type of bean can take about eight minutes to cook.

You can tell when the beans are cooked to perfection when you can squish them with a spoon. If you want a thicker bean soup base, then use a potato masher on some of the beans after they are done and cook them for an additional minute. For a thinner base, then cook as prescribed. After that, you can season the beans to taste and make yourself a bowl. Congratulations! You just made beans in your pressure cooker.

Buying A Pressure Cooker – Part One

It seems like more and more people are buying pressure cookers. Which is really no surprise. After all, these machines have come a long way over the past few decades. They are no longer they ticking steam powered time bombs that your grandmother’s machine used to be. Pressure cookers are more sophisticated and safer than ever before. They are also more convenient than ever before as well. But with that being said, you still have to do due diligence and do a bit of research. This guide will give you some tips that will help you buy the best model available.

Tip #1:

One of the first things you’ll need to do is to pour over some pressure cooker reviews. You can then compile a list that of all of the models that fellow consumers have been happy with. You may also learn of additional features each model has that isn’t included in the description.

Tip #2:

Now that you have a list of the top models, you can then decide whether or not you want an aluminum pressure cooker or a stainless steel one. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, as you can see below.

Aluminum-Aluminum cookers costs less, don’t weigh a whole lot and provide better heating conduction than stainless cookers. The cons of pressure cookers made from this material is that this metal is very prone to staining and pitting. Now, that won’t affect how it functions, but is something that needs to be considered.

Stainless Steel-These cookers are generally more expensive, weigh a lot more and don’t conduct heat as well as aluminum ones. However, they are also sturdier, have a more durable finish and last a long time.

There is also a third choice you need to consider. One that combines the durability of stainless steel with the heat conduction of aluminum. And that is a stainless steel model with a bonded aluminum base that allows for more even heating and prevents hot-spots. If possible, you should consider one of the models.

Tip #3:

After you consider model popularity and construction, it is now time to think about what size pressure cooker you need. Remember, even the best pressure cooker might not be right for you if it is the wrong size for your cooking needs. Below are some of the most popular pressure cooker sizes and their recommendations:

4 Quart Models-If you are just cooking for yourself—or one other person—then this is the perfect size cooker for you.

6 Quart Models-This size is good for families that consist of 2-4 members

8 Quart Models-This size is great for bigger families that consist of more than 4 members. It is also a good size for those people who make large quantities of pasta sauce, gravy or soup stock.

16-23 Quart Models-These cookers are bigger than what most people need for cooking. People who plan to use it for canning vegetables or meats, or have an extremely large amount of people to feed.

Now that you have narrowed down your selection of models according to the above characteristics, it is now time to decide which features you need. You can read how to select a pressure cooker with the features you need by checking out the second part of our buying guide.

Making Cottage Pie In A Pressure Cooker

One of the best pressure cooker recipes I have ever made has to be Cottage Pie. This Irish dish is much like Shepard’s Pie except that it is made with ground beef in lieu of mutton. It cooks up so quickly and easily in your pressure cooker, you will want to make this comfort food everyday of the week.

Cottage Pie

The way I make cottage pie using my pressure cooker is to start the ingredients in the cooker, assemble it and then transfer it into an oven safe dish for 20 minutes of cooking at 350 degrees. Here is how I do it

Quarter 1-1/2 pounds of potatoes, wash them and set them aside.

Saute 1 large sweet onion in 1 tablespoon of butter. When the onion is soft, add  1-1/2 pounds of ground beef and cook it for 3 minutes. Next you add in 2 diced carrots, 1 cup of peas, 1 cup corn (optional), 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup beef stock, 1 teaspoon thyme, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Mix the ingredients together well.

Place your quartered potatoes in your pressure cookers steamer basket onto the meat mixture. Place the lid securely on the cooker and cook it at high pressure for about 13-14 minutes. Quick release the pressure and remove the lid.

Heat your oven to 400 hundred degrees.

Place your potatoes into a mixing bowl and remove the skins, if desired. Then add ½ cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of butter and mash. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt. If you want you can spice these mashed potatoes up a bit more by adding 3 chopped green onions and making Champ, or by turning them into Colcannon by adding a pound of chopped kale or cabbage.

Set the mashed potatoes aside.

Pour the meat mixture from your pressure cooker into a 10”x13” oven-safe dish. Use a fork and add an even layer of mashed potatoes across the entire surface of the meat mixture. Make sure that you mash down the corners of the potatoes where it meets the edges of the pan to form a complete seal. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese of your choosing (I prefer to use cheddar) and toss into the oven uncovered. Allow to bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the mashed potatoes are brown.

Set the dish aside and allow it to cool for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cut and serve.

And that is all there is to making Cottage Pie in your pressure cooker. Hopefully, you will enjoy making this dish as much as I did. It is certainly unique and one you won’t find in most pressure cooker reviews.

Getting The Most From Your Pressure Cooker

Those of you who have read some of the pressure cooker reviews out there will know that these incredible time-saving machines come in a variety of different styles and sizes. And all of them have their own features that make them worth buying. However, I bet that many of you don’t know that it isn’t what brand of pressure cooker you buy that matters, but how you take care of it.

Many people don’t seem to understand that it isn’t necessarily what brand of cooker that you own but how you take care of it that matters. If you put little thought in the use and care of these machines, then you aren’t going to get the most out of them. And that is a simple fact. Take care of it and it will give you years of service. It doesn’t matter if you have the cheapest machine on the planet or the best pressure cooker out there. So with that in mind, I would like to give you a few tips that will help you keep your pressure cooker running at peak performance.

Storage

How you store your pressure cooker matters. That is why you should always make sure that you hand wash it after you are done with it, and store it with the lid on the pot upside down.

Before you put it away however, you should do a preliminary check of all of its systems. You should check the safety valves and make sure that nothing is obstructing them and you should check the rubber gasket. Check that this gasket is pliable and not worn out.

Before You Cook

There are a few things that you need to know about using a pressure cooker. Firstly, you should make sure that you always use at least one cup of liquid in it while cooking. However, too much liquid can be bad as well, so be sure to only fill it ½ full of liquid. Secondly, never cram it full of food. You should never fill it up more that 2/3 of the way with food.

Another thing to remember is to always cut up the food you place in it. This is not only so the food cooks evenly, but also that all of the flavors remain constant throughout the entire dish.

Cooking With Your Pressure Cooker

There are a few things you should keep in mind when cooking with a pressure cooker. When you initially start you pressure cooker, you should start it on high heat. After it has reached temperature and pressure, you should then turn it to a lower setting so that it retains its pressure without exceeding it.

You should also remember that the cooking times of your favorite recipe might be approximate. And even if the recipe is designed specifically for the pressure cooker, you need to realize that the time might be understated. So always be sure to set a timer and check it when it is supposed to be done. If it needs additional cooking time, then do so in five minute intervals until it is done.

Follow these tips and you can rest assured that your pressure cooker will not only do the best job possible cooking your food, but will also last as long as possible.

Pressure Cooker Sweet Bread

When people think about cooking in their pressure cooker, they often think about preparing dishes such as stews, gravies or roasts. Dishes that I refer to as standard fare. However, some of the best pressure cooker recipes I have seen includes dishes that are a little bit out of the ordinary, or what I would call non-standard fare. I am going to be sharing with you one of these unusual recipes today, so that you can start using your cooker for a wider array of different cooking projects.

The recipe that I am about to share with you is a recipe for bread. I know that it might seem a little strange to cook bread in your cooker, but it is not only possible but creates a bread that is unlike any other bread you are likely to eat. It creates a bread that is soft and delicious.

When you cook bread in your pressure cooker, what you are actually doing is steaming the bread. This results in a light, airy loaf that is soft and delicious. And it doesn’t take as much time as you think it would either. Give this recipe a shot and I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The first thing you’ll need to procure before you start cooking bread however, is some kind of container that the bread can rise in while it is pressure cooker. You can use a 1 pound coffee can or some other comparable heat proof tin such as measuring cups, cookie tins or even storage containers. You can also check pressure cooker reviews and see if there is some kind of bread container for your particular brand. It is up to you. It just has to be resistant to heat and capable of fitting into your cooker. Once you have obtained the tin, you can then go on to follow the recipe below.

Pressure Cooker Sweet Bread

Yields: 1 small loaf of bread (approximately 6-8 slices)

Ingredients:

1 can
aluminum foil
1 teaspoon oil (preferably olive oil but any vegetable oil will do)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon bicarbonate baking soda
2 cups flour
1¼ cup plain yogurt

Directions:

Place your steamer basket in your pressure cooker. Take your container, oil it and set it aside.

Take a medium mixing bowl and combine the baking soda, flour and salt. Mix these ingredients together thoroughly and then add your yogurt. Mix into it turns into dough.

Place into your can, add a little oil to the top of it and then cover it with foil.

Take the can, place it on the steamer rack and then fill the cooker half way up with water.

Close the cooker up tightly and turn it on high. When it achieves pressure, cook for 20 minutes.

Using the natural release method, depressurize your cooker and then remove the loaf can.

Take the loaf from the can and set it aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Slice the bread and butter it. It is now ready to be served. Enjoy.

Yes, You Can Cook Eggs In Your Pressure Cooker

A lot of people think that pressure cookers can only be used to cook stews or roasts. At least that is what I gather from reading many of these people’s comments in pressure cooker reviews. However, I am here to shout to the world that the pressure cooker is a lot more versatile tool than that. It can be used to cook just about anything. One thing that cooks beautifully in one of these cookers are eggs. Now, You wouldn’t think that eggs and pressure cookers would go together, but in fact they do. These cookers are perfect for making hard and soft boiled eggs, and for making the brunch favorite,  oeufs en cocotte. Here are the easy steps for making both of those egg delicacies.

Soft And Hard Cooked Eggs

Fill your pressure cooker with about a cup of cold water, and insert your cooker’s basket. If you have a heat proof egg stand, then you can insert the egg on top of this and place it inside the basket. If not, then you can just place the egg in the basket. It’ll be fine.

If you have an electric pressure cooker, then set it to low and turn it on. For the stove top models, place it on a burner on high heat. When it has reached low temperature, lower your heat and start timing it. Cook it for six minutes for a hard boiled egg and three minutes for a soft cooked egg.

When it has finished cooking, then use the cold pressure release system (this method can be found in our quick guide pt. 2). Once the pressure has been released, then you can remove them from the cooker, place them in a bowl and run them under cool water for about a minute. They are now ready to serve.

Oeufs en Cocotte (Eggs In Pots)

To make this recipe, you are going to need the best presser cooker with a basket, as well as some ramekins. If you don’t have ramekins, then you can use any type of small, heat-proof cup.

Start by placing oiling the inside of your ramekins with oil. Then place a slice of your favorite vegetable or lunch meat in the bottom of the ramekin. Then crack your egg on top of it. Then top it off with your favorite cheese and herbs. Cover the top of it with foil and its now ready to be cooked.

Add one cup of water into your pressure cooker and put the basket into it. Now place the ramekins inside the basket and close the lid. Set the cooker’s pressure to low and place it on a burner set to high. When it reaches its low temperature setting, then lower the heat and cook for four minutes.

After the cooking time has elapsed, you can then use the quick release method to release the steam. If you have an electric cooker, then just use the quick release valve to release pressure. Now you can remove your eggs and enjoy your Sunday brunch.

Making Stew In Your Pressure Cooker

If you look over pressure cooker reviews, then you’ll notice a trend. It seems like the review always talks about how well the cooker makes stew. One reason for this is because it seems like most cookers were made for this very task. They just do the job so well.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good stew recipes designed for pressure cookers. That is why I am going to give you one today. I am going to tell you how to make a great stew that is not only quick and very easy, but also very nutritious. Just follow these steps and enjoy a great pressure cooker staple.

One thing that you need to realize however, before you begin is that stew has to be cooked in stages in the pressure cooker. If you try to just throw a bunch of ingredients into it and cook it all together, then you are going to end up with a stew that has under-cooked meat and over-cooked mushy vegetables. So the first thing you are going to need to cook is the meat.

We are going to begin cooking the meat outside the cooker. We are going to put some olive oil in a pan and then when it is heated, add our stew meat. Make sure that you brown the stew meat thoroughly. After you have done that, add some wine and scrap the sides of the pan to get all of the residue released and into the wine. Now add the meat and the wine to your pressure cooker.

Now you’ll need to make sure the cooker has adequate liquid in it and cook it for about 15 minutes. After it has finished cooking for this period of time, release the pressure from the cooker using a quick-release method.  Now you can begin to add the vegetables.

Vegetables such as potatoes and green beans a decent amount of time to cook, so they should be added to the meat next. Throw them in and cook them (with the meat still in there) for about 8-10 minutes. Once again, you are going to release the pressure using the quick-release method.

Have you followed these steps so far? Good, you are just about done with your best pressure cooker stew. Now all you have to do is add the soft veggies that cook the fastest. Vegetables such as mushrooms and celery. Throw those in and cook the entire mixture for an additional minute.

After you have completed all of these steps, what you end up with is a stew that is hearty and delicious and only took about 25 minutes to make. Make yourself a plate and you will quickly see why so many talk about making stew in a pressure cooker. It turns out beautifully.

Beer Can Pressure Cooker Chicken

I have to admit that one of the best pressure cooker recipes I have ever come across was a little recipe called pressure cooker beer can chicken. It produces a steamed chicken that is not only beautiful and delicious but is sure to delight your guests. Give it a try and see if you like it as much as I did. I’m sure you will if you follow my simple recipe.

Placing a beer can into a chicken and cooking it is not something new. It is done in countless American homes all of the time. This practice started out in the South when innovative BBQ cooks decided to try inserting a beer can into the chicken while it was on the grill. However, it quickly spread to the rest of the country when people realized that cooking chicken in this fashion resulted in a tender and very good bird. Not long after that, cooks started adapting the recipe for their pressure cookers and an instant classic was born.

Before we start though, I would like to offer a word of advice. Don’t try to follow this recipe in a conventional 4 quart pressure cooker. It’s not going to fit unless you have an extremely small chicken. You will want to procure at least a 6 quart model; 8 quart if at all possible. You can find these size cookers by looking through pressure cooker reviews if you don’t already have access to one.

Ingredients:

1 4lb chicken
1 can of beer
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons rosemary
2 tablespoons sage
2 tablespoons thyme
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon lemon pepper

Directions:

Prepare the chicken by removing the neck and the giblets, running the bird under cold water and drying it with a clean towel. Set the chicken aside.

Mix all of the herbs, the oil and the lemon juice in a bowl. After mixing, apply it to the outside of the chicken.

Brown the chicken in your pressure cooker (with the lid off) until it’s skin has the desired golden brown color. Remove the chicken from the cooker and set aside.

Deglaze the pressure cooker with approximately 1/3 of the beer from your beer can. Place a 1 bay leaf into the beer in the pressure cooker and then place the second bay leaf into the beer can itself. Place the beer can in the middle of the cooker.

Place your chicken into the pressure cooker; slowly lowering it down on the can. When that has been done, close and lock the pressure cooker.

Turn the cooker on high and allow it to come to temperature. When it does, cook the chicken for approximately 22-25 minutes.

After cooking, release the pressure valve on the cooker and allow it to cool down and depressurize.

Remove the chicken. Be sure you remove it by the neck cavity and not by the wings. If you try to lift it by the wings, then they may come off because of the tenderness of the chicken. Allow the chicken to rest five minutes. Your beer can pressure cooker chicken is now ready to be served.