Posts tagged: steam

Instant Pot Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Gluten Free)

By , April 19, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

YUMMY! Use ground beef or ground chicken for this recipe. You can also have the option to add potatoes for a full meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 small can drained mushrooms (I like to chop these)
  • 1 cup milk

Options

  • Thick sliced potatoes (about 1/2 ” slices) Sea salt and dry garlic grinder

Topping

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar

Directions

Spray inner pot with non-stick spray.

Mix Meatloaf ingredients, shape into a round loaf and place inside pot, forming to fit.

I like to form meatloaf more to one side of the pot and add thick potato slices stacked up in the remaining area next to the loaf. (If you decide to add potatoes, season them now with sea salt/garlic.)

Make your meatloaf topping and add to the top of your loaf.

Close and lock Instant pot lid and make sure the Steam Release Handle is in “venting” position. Choose the Slow Cook key and adjust (using – or +) for time. Then adjust for Temperature (using the Less/Normal/More keys – Less=Low/Normal=Med/More=High)

Cooking Time:

  • LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours

Sweet Carrots

By , March 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Makes 2 cups. About 100 calories per cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups baby carrots

Directions

Place the butter, brown sugar, water and salt in Instant Pot. Press saute button and stir for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Add carrots, stir to coat carrots. Put lid on cooker, close the pressure release value (set to sealing), press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

When beeps finished,  do a quick release of pressure. Remove lid, press saute button and saute until liquid has evaporated. Remove carrots. (Add a little water to the pot to prevent sticking until you can clean the pot.) Serve.

 

 

Tomato Bisque

By , December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

I usually buy those wonderful tomatoes on the vine every couple of weeks.  But my husband doesn’t eat them fast enough.  So I’ve developed a good recipe to transform them into Tomato Bisque that is delicious and inexpensive.  But you can use good plum tomatoes as well.

Instructions:

  • Cut tomatoes in half or quarters.  Put into the inner liner pot.  No need to peel the tomatoes!
  • If you put in enough to go to the fill line add 1 cup water, or if you only had enough for 1/2 pot full just add 1/2 cup water.
  • Put the lid on and plug in the Instant Pot.  Then set to steam and adjust time (using the + and – buttons) to 6 minutes.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it is done do NOTHING.  Just let the pot return to normal pressure.
  • Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, blend to a very smooth consistency.
  • You can add whatever you like at this point.
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste (white pepper is best) Basil or oregano (fresh or dried)
  • Add as much half and half as you like.  I added 1 cup for a half batch.
  • Serve with a fresh leaf of basil on the soup and fresh bread on the side.

Instant Pot Chipotle style rice at home

By , August 31, 2012

Submitted by Ezraella B.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 2 c rice
  • 2 3/4 C water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 C fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tsp salt (or to taste)

 Instructions:

  1. Rinse rice well, then put in Instant Pot.  Add bay leaves and hot water.  Set Instant Pot to rice setting.  Since you are adding hot water it takes less time to heat up.  The 10 minute setting is perfect for it.
  2. Immediately after rice is done let off the steam until you can safely remove the lid.
  3. Pour in oil, lime juice and sprinkle cilantro and salt over the rice.  Mix all together well.
  4. Serve.  This rice goes extremely well with the Instant Pot Mango Dal.

 

Note:  I freeze chopped cilantro to keep it handy anytime as this is one of our favorite rices.  If you can get it experiment with coconut oil, or grape seed oil.

Leaking Steam Means Leaking Flavour

By , June 21, 2012

In his fascinating blog, Dave Arnold,  Director of Culinary Technology at The International Culinary Center, detailed an amazing discovery in making flavourful soup stocks.

Stove top vs Electric Pressure Cooker 300x121 Leaking Steam Means Leaking FlavourWhat’s the discovery?

“All pressure cookers aren’t created equal. The cooker you use affects flavor.”

Dave and his team of chefs and interns repeatedly tried cooking chicken stocks in two types of pressure cooker and conventional pot, did double blind testing with their eyes closed to factor out the hint of color as an indication to flavour.

To make the long story short, they concluded:

  • Stove-top pressure cookers with a jiggler type regulator  (which makes a continuous chu-chu-chu-chu sound as it operates) make the worst stocks for leaking out flavour in the steam. They are worse than the conventional stock pot.
  • Pressure cookers with spring valve regulator, which allows you to turn down heating to prevent steam leaking, make the most flavourful stocks.

Simply put, escaping steam affects taste.

I’m not sure whether the professional chefs are interested in testing home kitchen oriented Instant Pot.  But I’m rest assured that Instant Pot virtually leaks no steam during operation.  And you don’t need to stand by to turn down the heat.  For most of us, cooking is not a job or profession.

You can find Dave’s blog here: http://www.cookingissues.com/2009/11/22/pressure-cooked-stocks-we-got-schooled/

Steamed Coffee Can Bread!

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.

Here is my web link if you would like to see more photos and my how-to video:

http://www.techconsult4u.com/OH-THE-FOODS/Steam-Breads/Instant_Pot_Steam_Breads-03-27-2012.html or you may use this smaller URL: http://tinyurl.com/7ll3rrw

THE SUPPLIESSteamed Coffee Can Bread 241x300 Steamed Coffee Can Bread!

  • Favorite Bread recipe (Boxed, Frozen or from Scratch for – 1 loaf)
  • 1 – Coffee Can that will fit into your Instant Pot. Mine was a 1-lb Coffee Can that was 5.5′ high
  • Oil, Butter or spray Oil for inside the Can
  • A couple of Tbls – Flour
  • Foil wrap
  • A Trivet  (I used one that was about 1/2 high)
  • Your Instant Pot

THE DIRECTIONS

1. Mix you favorite bread recipe up. (let rest a few minutes while you put your Instant Pot items together) 2. Oil, Butter or a spray Oil the inside of the Can.

3. Completely Flour the inside of the Can after you Oil it.

4.  Roll up your Bread into a soft ball and insert it inside the Can.

5. Add Foil to the top of the Can so it is about 1 inch higher then the lip of the Can. (notice Video) 6. Let the Bread raise until it’s 1″ from the top. (Bread will raise higher during the pressure cooking) 7. Add 8 cups of water where it’s at least 1/3 to 1/2 up the side of the can.

8. Put the lid on and “Manually” set the Instant Pot for 15 minutes. (If it’s a very heavy Bread like Multi-grain or Rye/Wheat, add another 5 minutes on top of that equaling 20 minutes total time.

9. Let the Bread cool down for 10 minutes then let out the rest of the steam.

10. Use a knife and slide around your loaf of Bread and gently slide it out to cool.

BUON APPETITO!

Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwiches

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.

PULLED BBQ BEEF

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds – Beef of choice
  • 2 cps – Water
  • 4 cps – Finely shredded Cabbage (the secret ingredient and you’ll never know it’s in there.)
  • 1/2 cp – Of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cp – Ketchup
  • 1/3 cp – Worecestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbls – Horse Radish
  • 1 tbls – mustard

Instructions:

  1. Add and stir in ingredients to your Instant Pot and set it on the “Meat” setting. (35 minutes)
  2. Once done, let set until steam subsides and then take off the lid.
  3. Pull out the Beef and fork shred it. Return it to the sauce and simmer until it cooks down. Do this on the “Saute” setting.

I make a steamed Bread in my Instant Pot in coffee cans. I mount the Pulled BBQ Beef atop the bread along with Swiss or Cheddar Cheeses and grilled caramelized Sweet Vidalia Onions or fried Onion Ring.

Enjoy!

Chicken Broth Recipe

By , February 21, 2012

Submitted by Laura.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds chicken parts (backs, necks wings, etc.)
  • 1-1 quart zip bag full of vegetable trimmings.
  • As I chop veges, I keep the trimmings in a zip bag in the freezer until I’m ready to make broth. I use things like:
    • Onion skins
    • Shallot skins
    • Garlic skins
    • Celery trimmings
    • Carrot trimmings and peels
    • Herb scraps like parsley stems
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water

Directions:

Fill pot with chicken, vegetables, salt and pepper, and bay leaf. Add water to cover plus 2 inches. Do not overfill pot!

Place lid on pot and set pressure cooker for 30 minutes on high pressure. Let steam release naturally when time is up. After lid is unlocked, take out contents of pot and stain in colander.

BBQ Ribs

By , February 16, 2012

This is a recipe submitted by Sina.

BBQ Rib Feb 16 2 52 44 PM 239x320 BBQ Ribsgot my instant pot today. i just made my first food in it and i’m impressed!!!! i have in 20 minutes tender pork back ribs( after they were finished i put them for 5-10 minutes under the broiler so they got a nice colour!) they taste amazing.

I ALREADY LOVE MY INSTANT POT. falling of the bone ribs after 20 minutes in the instant pot. wow.

i seasoned them with a rib rub and browned them on the “browning” setting first. took them out…. added 1 can of root beer. added the steam rack in the pot,brushed selfmade bbq sauce on the rib pieces,arranged the pork back ribs on the steam rack. closed the lid, used meat setting for 20 minutes. after pressure was gone and all was finished i took the ribs out(very tender!!!!) and just brushed some bbq sauce on them again and put them for 5-10 minutes under a broiler(oven). that’s it. awesome and tender fall of the bone ribs in 30 minutes with the help of the instant pot! thanks for an amazing product.

(shared it on facebook as well)more to come on facebook for sure. :-)

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 Hardware Improvements

By , February 7, 2012
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InstantPot old power connector design

The hardware design of Instant Pot has matured for many years. Millions of electric pressure cookers of the same design are in use worldwide. However, our design team have been working on improvement to safety and performance for the last 6 months. I’d like to mention two most notable hardware enhancements.

Safety First

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InstantPot new power connector design

The original power cable connector has a flat surface, see image on right. Liquid could drip from the lid or water collector along the cooker housing wall into the connector, which could become a power short-circuit hazard. Although none of such incident happened, our design team added a shield to redirect water away from the connector. This shield protect the power connector from any spilling water. See the new design in the picture on right.

Better Steam Release

Instant Pot Steam release silicon cone 300x233 Instant Pot IP LUX60 Hardware Improvements

InstantPot new steam release with silicone rubber cone, see the red circle.

The original steam release has a metal cone inside to seal over the steam release pipe on the lid. Metal on metal doesn’t always create a tight seal. There were reports of steam constantly leaking from the steam release. Although the defect rate is very low, at about 0.6%, our design team believed that they can resolve the problem once for all. The solution is to use a silicone rubber cone in the steam release. The silicone rubber cone creates a tight seal over the steam release pipe. This design was shipped with the last container load of Instant Pot IP-CSG60 and we haven’t had any report of leaky steam release.

Multigrain Rice

By , October 29, 2009

Whole grains are high in fiber. low in fat, and rich in nutrients. Consumption of whole grains has  been consistently linked with a significant decrease in risk factors for heart disease and type II diabetes.whole-grain-rice-recipe

Whole grains are more forgiving than white rice when over cooked. Multiple grains can be mixed together to create large variety of wholegrain meal. They remain pleasantly full of texture after cooking.

Prepare Time:  2 minutes

Cooking Time: about 70 minutes

Ingredients: 6~8 servings

  • 3 cups  brown rice, wild rice or other whole grains, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon of oil (olive oil preferred)
  • 3.75 ~ 4.5 cups of water.  Less water makes the cooked rice fluffy and more water makes the rice stickier.
  • 1 ½  teaspoon salt (optional)

 

Cooking:

  • Combine the grains, water, oil and salt (if used) in the inner pot.
  • Press the Multigrain key.
  • After the cooking is completed, let it steam in the residual heat for 5 more minutes.
  • Open the lid, stir to fluff up the grains before serving.