Have you ever stood in front of your pressure cooker wondering where to start and how to best utilize this supposedly life and time-saving invention? You’re not alone. If you’ve never used a pressure cooker, it can be intimidating as can anything for the first time. I have good news, it doesn’t need to be intimidating. In fact, not only can using a pressure cooker be an easy way to prepare dinner, but it can also be a way for you to try new recipes and get creative in the kitchen. While the list of pressure cooker meals is endless, I want to focus specifically on cooking meat. By cooking meat in a pressure cooker, you can save time, make clean up easier and actually preserve more of the flavor and nutrients found in your meat! Using a pressure cooker is also a fool-proof way of getting tender meat that makes your guests believe you slow-cooked it all day.
There are two types of pressure cookers: automated and manual (stovetop). An automated pressure cooker does the guess work for you. A popular one is the Instant Pot. It is tried and true, easy to clean and easy to use! The second type of pressure cooker is the manual style or stovetop pressure cooker. With this type, you adjust the heat and track the time. This allows you more control in the process and is great for someone who wants to do some experimenting or is already familiar with the process of pressure cooking, but it does mean you need to be vigilant during the cooking process. The T-fal pressure cooker is excellent quality, made of stainless steel and dishwasher safe, which is always a bonus!
Now, that I’ve gone over the basics, let’s jump into cooking meat. I will walk you through the steps to creating some incredibly delicious meat in your pressure cooker. You’ll see there are a few different steps depending on the type you own. Enjoy!
Every recipe will call for slightly different steps as far as preparation and timing, but these basic steps can be your plumb line and beginning place. Because there are so many variables when cooking meat such as the type of meat or the size of the cut, I’ve compiled a few things to consider when cooking some of the most popular types of proteins.
Before you get started, I’ve compiled a few more tips and factors to think about in order to have the best possible outcome!
By now, you should feel confident to cook any type of meat in your pressure cooker, and once you begin cooking your meat in a pressure cooker, you won’t want to go back. The ease and reliability make it a win-win. Let me know how it goes!
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