How To Prepare A Roast For The Pressure Cooker
Cooking a roast in an Instant Pot is quite easy and should take you little more than 10 minutes of prep time.
We hope youre excited to get going with cooking your family a perfect roast and that youre feeling more confident now. Until next time!
The Two Most Important Safety Instructions For Your Instant Pot
The Instant Pot manual is filled with safety instructions, but these two are the critical ones to remember:
First, never put your face near the steam release valve or float valve while the Instant Pot is on. When I toggle the steam release valve, I use a long handled wooden spoon so my hand and arm are not near the valve opening. ;Any kitchen utensil with a long handle will do. Alternatively, you can use an oven mitt to carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position when you are ready to release the pressure in your Instant Pot.
Second, never open the Instant Pot lid until the pressure has been released through the steam release valve. You will know that all the pressure has been released when the float valve drops down.
Depending on which Instant Pot model you have, the float valve may be red or silver. It may pop up above the level of the lid when the pot is pressurized, or it may pop up to be flush with the level of the lid. In my 6 quart LUX, the silver float valve is below lid level normally and pops up to be flush with the level of the lid when pressurized. You will get to know how your Instant Pot model works.
These photos show my 8 quart DUO and you see that the float valve is above the lid level in the left photo, which shows a pressurized pot.
Never attempt to open the lid of your Instant Pot while it is pressurized.
Why Make Double The Rice
Nearly every time I make rice in the Instant Pot, I double or triple what we need.;
I pull out some for leftovers, leave the rest in the pot, and make rice pudding the next day!;
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The Instant Pot Recipe Converter
The infamous reign of the instant pot is not yet over. Even with the overflow of Instant Pot recipes, there are still some recipes special and close to our hearts. Do you want an easier way to cook them than how the recipe specifies? Then here is a post of how to convert any recipe to an Instant Pot recipe the ultimate Instant Pot recipe converter!
General Rule for the Instant Pot recipe converter
If you bake it, you can cut the time in half.
If you crockpot it, you can cut the time dramatically. 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low generally means 30-40 minutes .
The instant pot is truly a homemakers best friend in the kitchen! It can be used in so many ways. Pretty much any recipe can be converted into an instant pot recipe because of how versatile it is and all of the functions it has. Check out the different recipes below!
Important Notes for Newbies using the Pressure Cooker Function on the Instant Pot:
Follow those three rules and you will be golden!
Converting Casserole Recipes
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How To Use Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Now that you’ve got the basic technique down, get inspired with all different kinds of Instant Pot chicken thigh recipes. A little teriyaki sauce goes a long way in this Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe. Experiment with flavors like barbeque or bacon-ranch. Keep things simple with this Instant Pot Pepper Chicken Recipe. Or for a dish that will really impress, chicken cacciatore is made easier with the Instant Pot. Browse our best Instant Pot chicken recipes today.;
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How Do I Make Pot Roast In The Instant Pot
Heres a basic Instant Pot pot roast recipe. Thinly slice 1 large red onion. If its too large to fit inside your Instant Pot, cut a 3-pound chuck roast in half against the grain . Season the chuck roast with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil using the Sauté function. Brown the meat on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes, and remove to a plate. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with a 12-ounce stout beer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Place the chuck roast back into the pot. Secure the lid and set on HIGH pressure for 40 minutes.;
While the roast is cooking, mince 2 garlic cloves, halve 1/2 pound of baby Yukon Gold potatoes, peel and cut 4 carrots into 1-inch pieces, and quarter 8 ounces of cremini mushrooms. When the roast is done, allow to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release and remove the lid. Remove the chuck roast to a carving board to rest and cover with foil.
Then add the potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms; secure the lid; and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release, then remove the lid and transfer the vegetables to a platter. Select the Sauté function and bring the sauce to a simmer. Allow to reduce to 1 cup, for 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the butter. Thinly slice or shred the pot roast. Serve with sauce and vegetables.
Determine The Cook Time
This is where it can seem overwhelming and tricky to figure out how long to cook things in your instant pot. And it does make a huge difference in the cook time if you are converting a soup, a chili, a recipe with pasta, or a slow cooker recipe.;
These times are estimates and you may find that you need more or less cook time for certain recipes. It is also important to refer to Instant Pot Altitude Adjustments if you live at a higher elevation.;
What Does Manually Release Mean
Manual release simply refers to letting the pressure out of the Instant Pot once the cooking is done. In other words, you are actively releasing the pressure in the pot instead of sitting back and allowing a natural release .
Manual release is also referred to as a quick release. To learn more about the differences between a quick-release versus a natural release, be sure to check out my comprehensive post: Instant Pot Natural Release vs Quick Release.
Instant Pot Cooking Times For Vegetables
Everyone needs more veggies in their lives. Its important to load up on all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in vegetables. But if youre anything like me, youre just at a loss for how to cook them. Ive tried everything: roasting, steaming, boiling, grilling, sautéing But nothing ever did the trick.;
Enter: Instant Pot. In the Instant Pot, veggies of all types from starchy to non-starchy cook to perfection in mere minutes. Take sweet potatoes for example. In the oven, sweet potatoes can take upwards of an hour to cook, depending on their size and your preferred consistency. But in an Instant Pot, a whole sweet potato takes as little as 12 minutes! Pro tip: If you cube them first, it takes less than five.;
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My Sauce Or Stew Is Too Thin Can I Thicken It In The Instant Pot
You can reduce a sauce or stew on the Sauté setting after pressure cooking, but know that it only has one heat setting, and will boil quickly. Another option is to add a thickener, like cornstarch or a paste of butter and flour, after pressure cooking as well. When adding a thickener, be sure to set the pot to Sauté and whisk it evenly into the liquid, as it cooks.;
If Pressure Cooking Is So Great Why Hasnt It Been More Popular
Pressure cooking hasbeen popular all over the world for nearly a hundred years. Stovetop pressure cookers have become integral helpers in many kitchens outside the United States, such as in Indian and other South Asian households. But pressure cooking has been slower to catch on with Americans. That is, until electric, self-contained pressure cookers like the Instant Pot came along.
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Every Instant Pot Button Explained
Soup/Broth.;This button cooks at High Pressure for 30 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 40 minutes. Adjusted to less cooks for 20 minutes.
Meat/Stew.;This button cooks at High Pressure for 35 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 45 minutes. Adjusted to less cooks for 20 minutes.
Bean/Chili. This button cooks at High Pressure for 30 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 40 minutes. Adjusted to less cooks for 25 minutes.
Poultry. This button cooks at High Pressure for 15 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 30 minutes. Adjusted to less cooks for 5 minutes.
Rice. This button cooks at Low Pressure and is the only fully automatic program. It is for cooking white rice and will adjust the cooking time depending on the amount of water and rice in the cooking pot.
Multigrain. This button cooks at High Pressure for 40 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 45 minutes of warm water soaking time and 60 minutes pressure cooking time.;Adjusted to less cooks for 20 minutes.
Porridge. This button cooks at High Pressure for 20 minutes. Adjusted to more cooks for 30 minutes. Adjusted to less cooks for 15 minutes.
Less | Normal | More.;Adjust between the Less | Normal | More settings by pressing the same cooking function button repeatedly until you get to the desired setting.
and Buttons.;Adjust the cook time up or down .;
Slow Cook. Adjust to slow cook on low , normal , or high . Use and to increase or decrease the cook time.
Cancel.;End a cooking program at any time.
Instant Pot Bean/chili Setting
The Bean/Chili setting button can be used to cook larger dry legumes such as beans and chickpeas in liquid or to cook chili or another type of stew that uses dry beans. The program settings use High pressure and result in different doneness of beans. When cooking beans, always use NR to release pressure after cooking is done. Below is how to use the Bean/Chili setting on Instant Pot.
- Turn the Instant Pot on, it will say OFF to indicate the Stand-By mode. Add dry beans, liquid and salt to the pot. Secure and lock the lid. Select the Bean/Chili button. The default setting is pre-programmed to set the pot to cook at High pressure for 30 minutes. If you press the button again, you can adjust the mode from Normal to Less or More .;
- Less mode 25 minutes at High pressure for a firmer bean texture or to cook black beans, dry lima beans, Navy beans,; black-eyed peas, Adzuki, anasazi, dry peas.
- Normal mode 30 minutes at High pressure for a softer bean texture or to cook red kidney beans, white kidney beans , Pinto beans, black-eyed peas .;
- More mode 40 minutes at High pressure for a very soft bean texture or to cook harder legumes like chickpeas and soybeans .
Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water. Dried beans double in volume and weight after soaking or cooking. To avoid overflow, please do not fill the inner pot more than to the ½ mark to allow for expansion.
Note: You can also use the Multigrain setting to cook most beans.
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The Frustrating Thing Nobody Tells You About The Instant Pot
Im late to the Instant Pot craze. In fact I actively resisted it for as long as I could. Im an old-fashioned gal at heartI like slow cooking in my Dutch oven. But Id heard so many people gush about their Instant Pots that I was finally ready to be impressed by one, so I started experimenting with it. And I was disappointed to discover that it wasn’t quite the magic, faster-than-light cooking machine I had thought it would be.
Part of the problem was, perhaps, my unrealistic expectations. Before using the Instant Pot for the first time, I expected to be blown away by its speed and efficiency. Of course I didn’t read the manual just the recipe I was following. I set the Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 12 minutes, closed and sealed the lid, and then waited. And waited. At first, it seemed like nothing was happening. The countdown clock wasnt ticking. But the machine’s digital screen read “On,” so I waited some more. It ended up taking 15 minutes for the pressure to buildbefore the 12 minutes of pressure cooking even began. No one had told me this would happen! And then when those 12 minutes were up, I had to be there to push the valve to quick release the pressure, which also took a few minutes longer than I had expected.
Don’t be fooled by the one-minute cook time on this Instant Pot shrimp scampiit’ll actually take you longer than that.
Instant Pot Yogurt Setting
The Yogurt button is a non-pressure cooking Smart Program made for easily fermented dairy and non-dairy recipes. The setting modes Less, Normal and More are used for different times of fermentation or for boiling the milk. Below are some basic steps and setting options for making yogurt using the Yogurt setting button.;
- Add milk to the inner pot. A minimum of 4 cups of milk is recommended for a 6-quart Instant Pot . Secure and close the lid. Make sure to press the quick-release button down until it clicks and locks into the Vent position. On Duo Classic, turn the steam release hand to point to Venting. Do this before you select the settings and make any adjustments.;
- Select Yogurt setting. The default mode is Normal. Press Yogurt again to cycle to the More option. The display indicates boiL. After 10 seconds the cooker begins heating. This setting mode can be used to pasteurize the milk but is also there for heating the milk before adding in the starter culture. When pasteurization/heating completes, the display indicates End.;
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Cool So Is This Like A Silicon Valley Tech Invention
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Instant Pot Beef Stew
Gosh, if there were ever a soup that depicted cozy nights and hearty fall soups, it would be Instant Pot Beef Stew. Of course we love beef stew because its DELICIOUS, but we also love it because it has a little bit of everything. Beef? Check! Veggies? Check! Hearty? Check! Totally delicious??? Check check check!
While most versions of beef stew take hours to cook so the meat can tenderize, using the instant pot takes this three to four hour recipe down to a mere hour tops. We saute stew meat in the bottom of the instant pot, and once its brown, cover it in big pieces of carrot, celery, onion, and potatoes.
The meat and veggies get drowned in broth, and then we will the instant pot go to town!
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