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Instant Pot

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11:23 pm on Feb 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I've been hearing a lot about the Instant Pot so I ordered the latest iteration. Figured I'd try something easy to start - beef stew.

I put oil in bottom of the pot and turned Instant Pot to sautee. Let it heat up, floured the chuck roast (which I cut into cubes), dropped it into the pot and let the sides brown. Put in onions and seasoning pack (McCormicks Hearty Stew seasoning), and mixed them together. Then 32 ounces of beef stock, and added chopped celery, potatoes, and carrots. Added a little water to make sure everything was covered.

Put top on the Instant Pot and pushed the Stew/Meat button. Took about 25 minutes to come to pressure (my estimate). Once done (35 minutes) the Instant Pot beeped at me. Rather than wait for natural depressurization, I hit the vent.

Once pressure reduced, I took off lid and put some in a bowl. EVERYTHING in the pot was cooked to perfection. It was very good. I will try a different seasoning pack next time - might even make my own. What you use is a matter of taste.

Like my pellet smoker, this thing made me look like I knew what I was doing
1:53 am on Feb 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Pressure cooking is a neat method, has been around for a long time, but it is nice to know that new products can still perform.

Off to dig out my Magnalite (1930's) stove top pressure cooker to fix. ... SOMETHING! :)

Haven't used it in a while.
5:03 am on Feb 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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This particular unit is a 9 in 1 cooker. Among other things, you can saute (I did this before pressure cooking) and slow cook.
9:10 am on Feb 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Great experiment!

My mother used to use a pressure cooker frequently and told me it cooked food quickly, and minimised the loss of vitamins, in addition to retaining the true taste of the food. No beeps, or automatic systems on her pot, just a top and bottom pot, a pressure seal, with weights which would sit on the top vent. You'd adjust the weights to set the pressure. Drop in the food and turn on the gas.

As a kid i was always concerned about the thing sitting there under pressure, but, wow, was the resulting food good.

I wonder if pressure cookers lost their appeal over the years, and are they now making a resurgence?
 

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