If you like a joint of meat for a meal but don’t like the fact it takes a long time to cook in the oven, then you might want to use your pressure cooker for your meat.
It’s surprising how quick you can prepare your meat in the pressure cooker and you can make it very tasty every time.
Can you cook beef this way?
Pressure cooking is the perfect method for cooking some of the cheaper cuts of meat. These tend to be tougher so generally need longer cooking but work well cooked under pressure as it can break down the meat fibres giving tender succulent results.
Cheaper cuts of meat are perfect for feeding families or entertaining and help you save money while providing healthy, home-cooked meals.
Knowing the weight of your meat will help you cook for the right amount of time. Count 20 mins for every pound of meat (450g).
You don’t need a lot of liquid in the pot but you do need a minumum of 1-1.5 cups (measuring cup should come with your pressure cooker). You can use stock as your liquid but don’t thicken the gravy until after the meat is cooked.
The reason for this is that you need the water based stock to provide the steam for your pressure cooker to work.
Check out this recipe for an easy pressure cooker pot roast
Prepare you meat by patting it dry all over, then season with salt and pepper or any rub of your choice.
If your pressure cooker has a browning or sear option, you can heat it up with a little oil and sear the meat on all sides before pressure cooking. This can add a little colour and flavour to your meat. It also helps to keep the meat together while it cooks.
You can add vegetables of your choice to cook in with your meat to add more flavour and give you a one pot meal. You don’t have to do this though, you can just cook the meat by itself.
You can set your meat on the trivet so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and it makes it easier to remove in one piece to allow for resting. You should let it sit 10 – 15 minutes before carving.
Once the meat has finished cooking, allow the pressure to go down naturally rather than releasing the valve and it de-pressurising fast. The point of this is to keep the moisture in the pot so that it doesn’t dry out the meat.
What about slow cooking?
If you have an electric pressure cooker with a slow cooking function and you like to set a meal cooking in the morning to be ready when you get home at night, then you can try the slow cooking option. Use the same method to prepare your meat and vegetables. You’ll probably need more liquid to cover the meat and veg as it won’t be steamed. If you have a glass lid, place that on top and set the timer. If you don’t have a specific slow cook lid, make sure that you leave the vent on your pressure cooker lid open as you don’t want it to build pressure.
You might need to test out which setting works best on your pressure cooker for the slow cooking. You usually have a low and high setting but on some the low setting is more like a keep warm and doesn’t cook too well. So it might be worth trying it on high first and see how well that does in the timeframe you want to cook for.
How do I cook a pork roast in a pressure cooker?
You can treat your joint of pork the same as your beef. Here as a great video showing you a way to cook pork in an electric pressure cooker.
This is a great way to save money by using less energy and cheaper cuts of meat. It can save you time and you can cook veg in the pot too if you have the space to make a one pot meal in less than an hour.
If you own a pressure cooker but don’t use it much, this is the perfect type of meal to try as it’s very easy to do.