Spicy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Making pressure cooker pulled pork is easy and can be used to make a variety of dishes. After cooking, you can use this flaky pork in a number of different BBQ or Mexican recipes. This not only makes it on of the best pressure cooker recipes but also makes it one of the most versatile.

Today, we are going to use the pressure cooker to make pulled pork carnitas. A food that was invented in Michoacán de Ocampo, and literally means “tiny meats.” Traditionally, this food is made by cooking the pork in oil for four hours or until the pork becomes tender. This recipe tries to adhere to this original recipe as much as possible, but there has been a few changes made to it to not only adapt it to pressure cooking but to make it more palatable to American tastes. If you want to keep it more traditional, then skip the spices and only use an onion, a bay leaf, salt and pepper.

The pressure cooker I use in this recipe is the standard model that you place on your burner. If you don’t have one of these models, then you can browse pressure cooker reviews to find one. However, if you want you can also use an electric model pressure cooker. You’ll just have to adjust some of the directions.

Ingredients:

1 3-4 pound pork roast
2 tablespoons corn oil
2  grated carrots
2 limes (quartered)
1 head of lettuce (washed)
1 large onion (diced)
3 cups water

Spices:

1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper
⅛ teaspoon coriander
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preparation (24 hours before): Mix all of your spices in a bowl and cutting your pork into large pieces. Now take the spices and the diced onions and rub them all over the pork pieces. Wrap them up in plastic and leave them in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat your pressure cooker, add oil and brown your pork. After it has been thoroughly browned, add 3 cups of water and close the pressure cooker.

Bring the cooker to high pressure and set it so it maintains this pressure. Start your timer and cook for approximately 1 hour.

Using the natural release method, allow the cooker to cool down. Once the cooker has cooled, remove the pork from it and plate it. After you’ve done that, use a fork to break it into tiny pieces.

Place the pork into a frying pan and pour some of the liquid from the pressure cooker into it. Fry it until it is browned.

Take your lettuce and make little cups out of them. Then spoon your shredded pork into them and sprinkle shredded carrots over them. Serve them with your lime wedges.

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.

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.

Quick Start Guide For Pressure Cooker Cooking – Part One

Judging from some of the comments made on pressure cooker reviews, I think the best guide that I can give you is one that explains how to properly use your cooker without all of the confusing technical talk. And that is why I am writing this quick guide today. This guide will tell you how to properly use your pressure cooker from the moment you receive it. Follow these steps and you’ll be using your cooker in no time flat and without any of the usual problems.

Read The Manual

The first thing that you should do when you receive your pressure cooker is to read the manual. There are differences between all of the cookers out there and no one guide can give you tips on each individual one. Therefore, the first step you should take before using your cooker is to thoroughly acquaint yourself with the manual, especially the sections on it use and safety features.

Getting Ready To Use

The next step before you use your pressure cooker should be to make sure that it has no dents or cracks in it. A damaged pressure cooker is potentially dangerous and should never be used under any circumstances. You should also make sure that it is thoroughly clean before you begin.

Filling The Pressure Cooker

A pressure cooker requires some form of liquid to be in it at all times. What type (e.g Water or broth) or how much depends on the recipe and the type of cooker used. For the jiggling weighted valve type cookers, then a cup of water is usually the minimum required. For more modern valve cookers, then ½ cup is usually the minimum.

While you certainly don’t want to under-fill the pressure cooker, you also don’t want to over-fill it. That’s why you should never ever fill a pressure cooker more than 2/3 full of liquid because there has to be enough room for the steam to expand inside it. If you are cooking grains such as rice, then you should use even less water than that. Some grains—particularly rice—expand greatly during the cooking process. This can then cause them to clog the pressure release valve. That is why when you are cooking rice you should never fill the cooker more than ½ full.

Getting Your Food Ready For Pressure Cooking

Poultry And Meat-These items should be browned before they are placed inside the pressure cooker. This will not only allow the maximum flavor of the meat or poultry to come out, but it will also slightly cook it. After all, you don’t want your vegetables to become mushy before the meat is even finished cooking.

Fish-If you want to cook fish in your pressure cooker, then the first thing you will need to do is oil the basket that fits inside it. This is so the fish doesn’t stick to it. After you’ve done that, you should wash your fish and place it in the basket. Make sure you put at least ¾ of a cup of liquid in the pressure cooker.

Preparing Fresh Vegetables-Make sure that you wash your veggies thoroughly and place them in the steamer basket. What type of vegetables you are cooking will determine how much water you place in the cooker. If you are cooking vegetables with a relatively low cook time, then use about ½ of a cup of liquid. Use 2 cups for cooking tougher vegetables such as potatoes.

This concludes our best pressure cooker user tips. To continue on with this tutorial, then please read the second chapter of our Quick Start Guide For Pressure Cookers for additional tips.

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 Mashed Potato Dishes

If you read pressure cooker reviews as much as I do, then you come to the realization that people are cooking a lot more than roasts and stews in their cookers. They are cooking a variety of different things in them. In fact, just about anything you can imagine can be cooked in a pressure cooker.

The one thing that I like to cook in my pressure cooker is potatoes. It seems like this kitchen device was made to cook this root vegetable. Not only does it speed the cooking time up considerably, but it also makes them perfectly every single time.

I love to make potatoes in my cooker so much, I have quite the collection of recipes saved that are devoted to nothing but potatoes. Recipes that I am going to show you today, so if you love potatoes as much as I do, then you might want to check out the following recipes.

Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes in your pressure cooker is as easy as pie. All you do is wash them, remove the eyes and any bad spots and then cut them into quarters. After that, add some water to them and cook them for 15 minutes at 15 psi. When they are done cooking, you can then mash them with some butter and milk. I told you it was easy.

After you have mastered mashed potatoes you can make all kinds of different dishes out them. Below are two of my favorite recipes using mashed potatoes. Champ and Colcannon.

Champ

Champ is basically just mashed potatoes with spring onions added. All you do is melt 4 tablespoons of butter in your pressure cooker; add 2 pounds of quartered potatoes; 4 diced green onions and ¾ of a cup of milk or cream. Then place the lid on the cooker, and cook it at high pressure for 6-7 minutes. Quick release the pressure and then remove the lid when the cooker is depressurized. Then you can mash them right in the cooker and season with salt and pepper to taste. The dish is now ready to be served.

Colcannon

Colcannon is pretty much the same as Champ except that it uses kale or cabbage in place of the green onions. Use a pound of kale or cabbage for each pound of potatoes. You can still add the diced green onions if you want as well. And just cook it like Champ is cooked.

All of these dishes are easy and prove that the best pressure cookers aren’t just for meats anymore. Potatoes are a great thing to cook in your cooker and as you can clearly see they can be used for a variety of different recipes. You’d be surprised how many recipes call for potatoes in all of its glorious forms. Try these out and I bet that in no time flat you will have your own potato recipes dreamed up.

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.

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.

Pressure Cooker Cooking Tips

If you have never used a pressure cooker but still want to cook like a pro with it, then I have some good news for you today. I am going to tell you how to cook with your pressure cooker and end up with fantastic results. You may think that cooking with one of these machines is difficult but I assure you it isn’t. All you need to do is make a few adjustments and you’ll be well on your way.

Before we start however, I want to take a few moments to tell you that it is important to get a good quality machine. It doesn’t matter if it is a stove top model or an electric model (although electric models are easier to use). Just be sure to buy the best quality one possible. Check pressure cooker reviews—if necessary—to help you choose the right cooker for you.

Brown First

When cooking meats in a traditional fashion, many people brown the meat in a pan with oil and then deglaze the pan to help add flavor to the dish, yet they don’t do this when using a pressure cooker. I guess they don’t realize that they can not only do it this way but that they should be doing it this way.

All you have to do is add a little bit of oil to the pressure cooker—preferable a light vegetable or olive oil—and heat it uncovered it on medium high heat. Then when it has heated up, add your meat in small batches and brown it. Then you take the meat out of the cooker and set aside. Now you can begin the deglazing process. Pour a little bit of wine or broth into the cooker and scrap the sides with a spatula. All of those delicious food particles have now been released into the wine and broth. You can now continue on with cooking by placing the meat—and all the other ingredients you plan on cooking with it—back into the pressure cooker and cooking it under pressure.

Cook Different Foods At Different Times

some foods, such as meat, take longer to go than other ingredients, such as vegetables. That is why you shouldn’t throw them in all at one time. If you do, then you are likely to end up with either the meat under-cooked or the vegetables over-cooked. So be sure to start meat first, and then right before it is done, add the veggies.

Keep Two Electric Burners Going For Stovetop Cookers

This is one of the best pressure cooker tips I can give those of you who have a stovetop pressure cooker and an electric stove: Keep 2 burners going at the same time. Since you want to start the pressure cooker on high and then finish up on medium, it is best to have 2 burners going because electric stoves don’t react very quickly. Keep one burner for high heat and the second burner set on medium heat. When the pressure cooker reaches pressure, all you have to do is move it onto the second burner and continue cooking.

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.