How To Use A Pressure Cooker For Meat

There are many ways to properly cook meat. Using a pressure cooker to cook meat is a great option because you will get the best result. In this post, we are going to examine the process involved in cooking meat in a pressure cooker.

Later in this post, I am going to address some of the popular and difficult questions asked by pressure cooker owners concerning cooking meat in the appliance.

So I encourage you to read to the end so that you do not get half baked information.

When you decide to cook meat using a pressure cooker, you can be assured that it is the most time-saving method to go about cooking meat.

Meat cooked in a pressure cooker, properly, will make it tender and succulent when it comes out as the finished result. 

You probably own a pressure cooker and you understand how it works. Since the appliance is sealed, healthy nutrients and vitamins in your meat will be maintained, unlike when cooking with the conventional method where everything may go away.

You should not consider any method to cook your meat other than the use of a pressure cooker, especially when you are working with casseroles, stews, and risottos. 

Think about it, you will be saving more electricity and gas if you use a pressure cooker to cook meat because it is a fast cooking method. 

So instead of giving up on cooking sumptuous meat because you are time-pressed, that pressure cooker is an answer to your prayer.

The best part is that you don’t even have to necessarily use only diced meat. You can also cook a whole chicken in that pressure cooker and I am about to show you the proper way to go about it.

Step-by-step process on how to cook meat with a pressure cooker

First of all, cooking with a pressure cooker is a new way of cooking. If you are new to this, then be ready to learn new few things.

But when we finish, you will see that it is simple to use a pressure cooker, and even simpler to cook meat using a pressure cooker.

I will show you how to cook meat in a pressure cooker with these six basic, easy steps below.

Step one: Bring the meat out of where it is stored and wash it properly. If it is frozen meat, then I recommend you to read this post where I explained in full detail on how to go about cooking frozen meats in a pressure cooker.

Add the meat inside the pressure cooker pot as well as a decent amount of liquid 

Step two: after putting the meat inside the pot, close the lid of the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is at the right position. You don’t want leakage when the pressure cooker is working.

Step three: set the pressure cooker setting by using the button options on the pressure cooker. There are various button options for the type of food you are cooking. If you are using an electric pressure cooker, select the cooking program and time.

Step four: You will give the pressure cooker time to build up pressure inside the pot.

Step five: the meat will begin to cook under pressure, for electric pressure cooker owners, you will see the screen display the cook time countdown

Step six: once the cooking time reaches, your meat is cooked and it is time to release pressure. Switching off the pressure cooker will automatically put it in warm mode until you switch it off from the socket.

Now that you know the step by step procedures of cooking meat in a pressure cooker, there are some important things you should know about cooking meat with the use of pressure cookers as explained below

Cooking meat in a pressure cooker – Pro advice

There are some things you need to know about cooking meat in a pressure cooker especially if this so going to be your first time. 

First of all, you need to be conscious of timing when cooking meat in a pressure cooker. The excellence of your result depends on the model of your pressure cooker as well as the type of meat you intend to cook in the appliance. 

And concerning the timing that I mentioned, I guess you are want to know how long it takes to cook a lump of meat in a pressure cooker. 

While we will attend to this later, it roughly takes between 15 – 20 minutes.

This depends on the meat you cook in the pressure cooker, though. Meats of one-inch cubes or diced meat do not take too long to cook. Like about  15 to 20 minutes

On the other hand, meat like beef, pork, or lamb takes between 40 – 60 minutes.

 The catch is, the method of cooking meat in a pressure cooker, just as explained above in the post, remains the same irrespective of the meat you are cooking. 

For conventional cookers, the oil is left to heat in the cooker and then this will help the meat to get brown. 

Seasoning is added to the cooking meat and the lid is tightly closed for pressure to come up. 

The ingredients that you include in your meat while it cooker (for conventional cookers) should be following the recipe you are working with to get the best result. 

A little bit away from pressure cookers now, most experts advise that. you allow the pressure to drop naturally once taken off the hob, rather than using quick-release.

Cooking whole chicken may seem like a different ball game but it is not. The oil should be turned to brown first and then the meat cooked on high pressure. This can last for about 30 minutes depending on the size of the meat cut. 

To be honest, there are different methods of preparing meat scaling from the use of a pressure cooker to the other r method of cooking. This is shared among pressure cooker fans and the rest. 

My candid advice for those who are new to pressure cooking is that they should follow a particular recipe. 

But it can be sure said that your first time cooking any food can be easily done using a pressure cooker. 

The overall benefit of using a pressure cooker to cook meat is that the Flavour of the meat will be improved and the method saves time and money. This, when compared with the conventional way of cooking meat can be with a whole lot of advantages. 

What else can I cook in a pressure cooker? 

Pressure Cookers are versatile and they are one of the best appliances for making your dish. 

You have seen how to prepare meat in a pressure cooker and I am sure you have been able to learn this method from your curiosity of knowing what else you can do with a pressure cooker. 

Well, it is time to learn more few things about what you can cook in a pressure cooker apart from meat. 

Although, one downside of using a pressure cooker is that it is quite impossible to monitor, taste, or adjust the food along the way.

You will observe that most who use pressure cookers usually follow a recipe. This is ideal because it helps in timing and accuracy. 

Regardless of this, most food can be cooked in a pressure cooker. 

Most food that takes a longer time to cook can be prepared in a pressure cooker. 

Apart from meat, other food that can be prepared using a pressure cooker includes Beans, Stews, Lentils, Artichokes, Squash, Soups, Mashed potatoes, Chicken even including whole chicken, Homemade stocks

and of course, Tough cuts of meat – including beef, pork just as we have seen in this post. 

Frequently Asked Questions on cooking meat in a pressure cooker

Can you put raw meat in a pressure cooker?

When cooking meat with a pressure cooker the first thing is to Cover the bottom of the pot with 1 cup cold water ( using a  6 quart instant pot). Afterward, a trivet will be added and the fresh ground meat will be placed directly on the trivet.

But make sure that the lid is put in the pressure cooker and the seal is secure before setting the pressure cooker to a high setting.  A fresh minute can take 6 minutes for this process. 

How much water do I put in a pressure cooker for meat?

When using a pressure cooker to prepare meat, you must add enough liquid in the pressure cooker pot for it to come up to pressure and cook the food properly. 

So for measurement purposes, at least 1 cup of liquid should be added except in cases where the particular recipe does not say that. 

What enough liquid does to the meat when in a pressure cooker is that enough steam will be created. 

How long does it take for meat to cook in a pressure cooker?

Like I mentioned, timing is a great factor to always consider when using pressure cookers and not just for meat only. 

For meats like beef, pork, or lamb roast, it takes about 40 to 60 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. 

In contrast, 1-inch cubes cuts of meat take 15 to 20 minutes to cook. 

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