Fancy a quick roast? How to cook a roast in a pressure cooker
Cooking the perfect pot roast can be tough. The roast can become dry, tough to chew, and flavorless if it isn’t made correctly. If you are someone who has a terrible time making the perfect roast, maybe you need a pressure cooker to make a roast.
While a pressure cooker may not be the complete remedy to your solution, it can help tremendously.
How does a pressure cooker work?
Pressure cooking is very unique. It works using steam and pressure to cook things like chicken, rice, eggs, and of course, roast. Water or broth is placed into the cooker along with food, and the cooker begins to heat up.
As the temperature rises, steam is conducted and begins to flow around the cooker. The built up pressure forces heat and moisture through your food allowing it to cook.
What are the benefits of cooking my roast in a pressure cooker?
The most well-known benefit of using a pressure cooker is the cut down in cooking time. Pressure cookers are known to make common foods in almost half the time, which anyone would love.
Cooking food in half the time means saving energy even if you’re using gas to heat your cooker. Since the cooker is tightly closed no air gets in and the temperature stays high the entire time.
The steam creates tons of moisture which forces itself through your food causing meats to be more juicy and tender than normal.
Preparing your meal in a pressure cooker
I’ve found an excellent recipe on Pressure Cooker Diaries that will knock your socks off. You can use these directions for any recipe although the ingredients used may differ.
- 3 to 4-pound chuck or round roast
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1-can (28 ounces) of beef broth
- 1-can (28-ounces) chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 4 carrots
- 3 stalks celery
- 6 potatoes
- 1 parsnip
- Coat your roast using flour, salt, and pepper.
- Make small slits on the top of your roast and stuff garlic between them.
- Brown your roast in a pressure cooker by heating oil in your pressure cooker over a medium-high heat. Add the onions in shortly after.
- Add the wine to deglaze the pot.
- Once the onions are soft, add in the broth, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and tomatoes and then let it cook for about 35 minutes.
- Remove the cooker from heat and release pressure from the cooker.
- Once the roast is done add the carrots, potatoes, celery, and parsnips and return to the cooker for 4 minutes.
- Remove the roast from the cooker but don’t forget to release the pressure first.
- Create a gravy by adding the two tablespoons of flour, then add salt, pepper, and 1 cup of water.
Top 10 cookware brands when it comes to buying a pressure cooker
If you don’t own a pressure cooker and need a little advice on which kind to purchase, here is a list of the top 10 cookware brands to invest in (these are not in any specific order):
- Instant Pot
- Kuhn Rikon
- All American
- GoWISE USA
- Wolfgang Puck