My Secret To Buying Cheap Meat
You may have heard me talk about how I stock my freezer with cheap meat. I go once a week to the grocery store to get bread for lunches and bananas for Marks breakfast. He eats cereal and bananas every morning.
I grab a shopping basket and walk to the back of the store where the meat department is located. The basket almost pulls me back there, just kidding! I scan the section very quickly. All the meat is marked down an additional 30% off the lowest marked price.
Can you hear me squealing yet? Its crazy, I grab all the choice meat cuts I can and place them in my basket. THEN I go through the packages and keep the ones that will work for me. None of them have seasoning on them, I dont care for those.
I pay for them and take them home to my freezer. These are the best deals ever for my pocketbook.
Did you see my post on how to use an Instant Pot? I had some cooking printables made to go with the 3-quart and 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cookers that may help you. They would be great printed on cardstock. 3-quart Instant Pot times cheat sheet or our 6-quart Instant Pot times cheat sheet.
A Homemade Beef Stew Crockpot Recipe
To me, nothing screams comfort more than a big pot of soup or stew. My mom used to make a big batch of homemade beef stew for us on the weekends as soon as the weather got cooler.
It was the ultimate cold weather food and wed always go for seconds and thirds throughout the day.
Homemade Beef Stew is still one of my favorite lazy Sunday meals I make for my own family now and they love it just as much as we did.
Making Instant Pot Beef Stew In Advance
Fridge: Refrigerate stew leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. You can also keep it in the inner portion of the Instant Pot pot with a fitting glass or silicone lid. We love the second storage method because it makes stew easy to transfer from the fridge to the stove to reheat right in the same pot.
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The Best Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
Rain or shine, beef stew is one of those classic comfort foods thats hard to resist. Filled with tender chunks of beef and hearty veggies, its a feel-good family-friendly dinner anyone can make.
Today Im sharing the best beef stew recipe!
Guaranteed to warm you from the inside out, this hearty stew is cooks entirely in your pressure cooker for a high-speed version of everyones favorite winter-time stew.
Unlike stove-top or slow cooker beef stew which takes hours to cook, this Instant Pot version is ready in just a fraction of the time. The result is tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of meat ready to be devoured by the whole family.
If youre new to the Instant Pot, this is the Instant Pot I own and love.
Instant Pot Slow Cook Setting
The Slow Cook is a non-pressure cooking setting that is compatible for use with any common slow cooker/Crockpot recipe. The pot is heated but is not pressurized and the Less, Normal and More modes correspond to Low, Medium and High slow cooker settings but you will need to adjust the time manually.
You might want to use this setting for making dishes ahead of time while youre away from home or overnight. There are times when slow-cooking might work better for certain recipes than quicker pressure cooking. Below are the steps for how to use the Slow Cook setting on Instant Pot.
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How To Cook Meat In An Instant Pot: Everything You Need To Know
From ground beef to a whole chicken, heres everything you need to know on how to cook meat in an Instant Pot.
Cooking in an Instant Pot provides fast and consistent results for such a huge variety of recipes and cooking styles that youll wonder how you lived without it before. It uses pressure cooking under different settings and temperatures to achieve amazing results and fast cooking times.
But that doesnt mean that everything is always easy breezy with the Instant Pot. Lots of beginners make mistakes, especially where meat and poultry are concerned
So, to make sure you get it right the first time, heres your guide on how to cook meat in an Instant Pot.
From ground beef to ribs to chicken, heres everything you need to know when it comes to cooking meat and poultry in your pressure cooker.
Tips For Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Cut your carrots and potatoes into large pieces so that they dont get mushy in the stew after cooking.
- I like to use halved baby yellow potatoes. You can also use larger Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes that have been cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
- This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- Want to amp up your beef stew to a new level? Sprinkle some cooked, crumbled bacon over the top before serving.
- You can add other vegetables to your stew such as a can of tomatoes or halved fresh mushrooms.
Once you try this Instant Pot beef stew, youll never want to make stew on the stove top again. The beef comes out meltingly tender and full of flavor, and the pressure cooker does all of the hard work for you!
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Instant Pot Steam Setting
The Steam setting on the Instant Pot is perfect for cooking vegetables, fish and seafood, tofu and any other food that is suitable to steaming. This function uses Low pressure, which helps to avoid overcooking the food and means that the Instant Pot will come to pressure quicker. You need to use the trivet/steam rack provided to elevate food from cooking liquid. Always use QR to prevent food from overcooking. Below is how to use the Steam setting on Instant Pot.
- Turn the Instant Pot on, it will say OFF to indicate the Stand-By mode. Add a cup of water to the inner pot and place the trivet on top. You can place the vegetables or a piece of fish or thinly sliced chicken on top of the trivet OR you can use an additional steam basket or a round pan with holes that fits inside the pot. A steamer basket might be useful for smaller-sized vegetables or cut-up vegetables to prevent them from falling into the water.
- Secure and lock the lid. Press the Steam button. The default setting is pre-programmed to set the pot to cook at Low pressure for 10 minutes. If you press the Steam button again, you can adjust the mode from Normal to Less or More.
Easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
Frozen pork tenderloin in the Instant Potis what we usually cook when we have limited time. It is convenient, easy, and in many ways a healthier alternative to pan-frying the meat. Simply take the frozen tenderloin, put it in the pressure cooker with some chicken broth and seasoning, and you have the best and quickest dinner at your disposal.
How many times did it happen to you to plan a delicious dinner, and only to realize that you forgot to thaw the meat?! This is the scenario that usually leads to either eating cereal after work or ordering delivery. However, with the help of Instant Pot, you wont have this problem again. In this post, I will share with you how to cook frozen pork tenderloin in the pressure cooker with delicious Honey Garlic sauce.
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Can You Cook Frozen Ground Beef In The Instant Pot
You can cook frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot, which is fantastic since it doesnt thaw very evenly in the microwave, and who actually remembers to take meat out the day before to thaw?
Not me, thats for sure.
Cooking frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot takes about 20 minutes. If your blocks of ground beef are really thick it will likely take a bit longer than that.
I freeze my ground beef in flat, 1-1.5 inch thick blocks and it takes 20 minutes to cook almost all the way through in the Instant Pot.
You can add a few more minutes to get it completely cooked through, but I find its easier to crumble and break up if its still a bit pink in the middle.
It only takes a couple minutes with the saute function to break it up and finish cooking it after the pressure cooking cycle is complete.
What Vegetables To Serve This With
My personal favorite is to serve this with some sauteed Brussels sprouts, but I know potatoes and carrots are a much more popular option.
I think the potatoes and carrots will taste best if you roast them separately in the oven, or you could try making my popular Honey Glazed Carrots!
If you want to cook the potatoes and carrots in the Instant Pot with the roast, youll need to decrease the cooking time by 15 minutes and do a quick release. Then add in halved potatoes and carrots. Cook everything for the remaining 15 minutes and then proceed with the natural release for 30 minutes.
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How To Make Homemade Vegetable Soup In Your Instant Pot
Step 1: Cut the meat into cubes if not already done so . Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Select the saute function on your Instant Pot. Add cooking fat of choice and when fat just starts to shimmer, add half of the meat and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Flip the cubes of beef over and repeat on the other side. Remove meat to a plate and repeat with the remaining beef cubes. Press Cancel when the second half of the meat has been browned. Return all meat to the Instant Pot.
Step 3: While the beef is browning in the Instant Pot, prep the vegetables.
Step 4: To the meat in the Instant Pot, add the onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, diced tomatoes, broth, thyme, and Italian seasoning . Stir, lock the lid into place, set value to Sealing position then set cooking time for 20 minutes at high pressure.
Step 5: After cooking time is up, allow for 10 minutes of natural pressure release before flipping the vent valve to venting to release any residual pressure. Remove the lid. Press Cancel then select the Saute function.
Step 6: Add frozen peas and green beans to the soup. Stir then cook for 5-6 minutes or until they are heated through. Taste your homemade vegetable beef soup and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
How To Thicken Beef Stew
You can easily add a cornstarch slurry to the stew if you want a thicker beef stew. However, its totally not necessary.
To Thicken with a cornstarch slurry, which is equal parts cornstarch and water. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water into a small bowl.
You never want to add them directly to the Instant Pot bowl you want to mix them.
Mix the cornstarch and water well, and then pour into the Instant Pot bowl. Mix well. Let it simmer for about a minute or two until fully dissolved.
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Why Meat Is Not Tender When Cooked In Instant Pot
Meat takes a long time to get cooked in the instant pot, but too much time can also tenderize it. The pressure in the instant pot makes the meat tender if it is cooked slowly. For tasty instant pot meat and not tender you need to figure out how long to cook it. Cooking time in an instant pot also depends upon the type of meat you want to cook like chicken requires less cooking time as compared to beef and mutton requires more time as compared to beef.
Instant Pot Korean Beef
Instant Pot Korean Beef is a simple dish thats packed with Asian flavors. Make this recipe for dinner tonight in under an hour!
This Instant Pot Korean Beef recipe only requires a few steps, and its really easy to make. I love using the Instant Pot for this recipe, because it doesnt take a lot of time and the meat comes out so tender, like this Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe, Instant Pot Sweet Potato Kale Beef Soup, and Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stew.
Many of the ingredients you should already have on hand. As a result, its the perfect meal for when you cant get to the grocery store. Youll have dinner ready in no time!
This is also such a comforting meal, its perfect for a cold day, just like my Cabbage and Sausage Stew.
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Basic Procedure For Pressure Cooking Frozen Meat
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Even the most organized person can forget to plan ahead. If you need to get dinner on the table fast but forgot to take your chicken out of the freezer, your Instant Pot is going to be your best friend.
You can safely cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot because pressure cooking cooks foods quickly. Unlike a slow cooker, in which frozen food may stay in a dangerous temperature range for too long, the Instant Pot can quickly bring frozen food to a safe temperature.
Before getting started, read my Instant Pot Guide for my tips on how to use an Instant Pot.
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Stick With Large Veggies
Because this beef stew is made in the Instant Pot and we want everything to cook in the same amount of time, the carrots and potatoes should be cut into large pieces so that they dont overcook and fall apart. Go with chunks that are the same size as the beef cubes, with the exception of the onion and garlic, which can be cut smaller since we want those to cook down as much as possible.
What Kind Of Meat Do You Use For Instant Pot Beef Stew
The nice thing about stew is you can use tougher more inexpensive cuts of meat. If you cannot find stew meat, you can use round steak and cut them into bite size pieces.
You can also use roast or even a bottom roast. It will all turn out great.
Another idea is to make Ground Beef and Potato Stew. It will change the texture but might be a nice change.
We have even made Beef stew with red wine for a little bit different flavor. It is a lightly different but delicious flavor.
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What Kind Of Meat Do I Need For Beef Stew
The meat used for beef stew is actually called beef stew meat theres no way you can miss it! On a more technical level, this so-called beef stew meat is just the tougher and leaner cuts of beef that contain collagen which will break down while cooking and leave you with tender pieces of meat.
You shouldnt opt for fatty cuts of meat for beef stew since the fat will simply melt away during the cooking process and youll be left with chewy meat instead.
Storing Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Refrigerator: This beef soup will last in the fridge up to 3 days.
Does Beef Stew freeze well? Beef stew freezes very well. Beef stew will last in the freezer for months, and when youre ready to eat simply defrost the night before in the refrigerator or heat in the microwave or stove top. I love Souper Cubes for freezing leftovers. Code CLEANEATING10 works to save $$ on our favorite silicone molds!
How to reheat this Easy Beef Stew Recipe Its best to reheat this beef stew recipe in the microwave or on the stove top. It should take about 2 minutes to heat up in the microwave an 4-5 minutes on the stove.