Cooking with a Pressure Cooker

by Digby_Adams

Make delicious, healthy and hearty meals in under 10 minutes with Pressure Cooking the Easy Way by Keane and Chace

Why You Need a Pressure Cooker Cookbook

A pressure cooker cooks a lot faster than a traditional oven or even microwave. It forces a lot more pressure on food and it treats liquids in a different manner. While there are some brave souls who tell me that they can convert their favorite recipes from traditional ovens to pressure cookers - I'll have to admit that I've never had much luck with conversion.

Pressure Cooking the Easy Way

by Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace
Pressure Cooking the Easy Way: Healthy One-Pot Meals Ever...
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But once I found Pressure Cooking the Easy Way, by Keane and Chace, I found that I could make a truly delicious and hearty meal under 15 minutes. It was then that I fell in love with my pressure cooker!

My husband and I keep a green home and incorporate the phlosophy of sustainability throughout our life. However we have our limits and ours is that we eat meat. We are proud carnivores. What we don't incorporate are large industrial cattle farms and chemicals. The beef we eat comes from small cattle farmers that give their cattle no hormones or chemicals of any kind. So in this case our definition of sustainability is to promote locally grown beef free of hormones and chemicals. We have a large organic vegetable garden and use left over food as part of our compost.

So when you see that I'm featuring a recipe for Quick Beef Stew, know that every item that I put in it is organic and chemical free. Oh by the way this great cookbook is less than $15.

Ingredients for Quick Beef Stew

1 pound lean stew beef in 1-inch cubes, 1 chopped medium onion, 2 cups beef broth, 1.5 cups burgundy wine (we use a local organic red wine!), 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 4 medium potatoes cubed, 3 carrots in 1-inch slices, 1 cup sliced celery, 2 tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 2 ounces cold water. Salt to taste.

How to Use Your Pressure Cooker to Make Quick Beef Stew

1. Brush the inside of the presure cooker with olive oil to keep things from sticking.
2. Brown the meat to keep in the juices, with the onions to create a wonderful flavored beef.
3. Add broth, wine, bay leaf, basil, galic powder and bring to high pressure on medium heat.
4. Cook for 6 minutes. Seriously don't let your mind wander or you'll over cook your beef.
5. Cool your pressure cooker under water. Basically take your pressure cooker to the sink. With the lid on, run cold water over it. Oven mitts aren't a bad idea! The inside pressure will fall quickly. Then carefully open you're lid. Keep your face up and away.
6. Add the potatoes, carrots and celery.
7. Put the lid back on and bring to high pressure. Cook for another 3 minutes.
8. Cool as in step 5. Take off lid.
9. Remove the bay leaf.
10. Add arrowroot.Heat until thickened. Add salt to your liking. Serve with lots of hearty bread and a green salad. Drinking the remaining wine isn't a bad idea either!

I have made this easy and Quick Beef Stew for dozens of friends. Not one has ever suspected that we were "practicing sustainable agriculture" on them. Everyone just thinks it's deiicious and also thinks that I spent way too much time in the kitchen for them. I've made just about every recipe in this cookbook many times. There is a dish for every ocassion and personal taste. It's the only pressure cooker cookbook that I own. And I've never really thought that I need to go out and find another to fill in the gaps.

Sustainable Living or Cop Out?

Updated: 09/22/2012, Digby_Adams
 
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katiem2 on 03/21/2012

I love this idea, I will save a ton of time and have healthy nutritious foods for my kids. I always rush through the day and then the kids and I are starving thinking whats for dinner, when everything's frozen. I'm getting a pressure cooker, the possibilities are easy and endless. Thanks for the

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