Many pressure cookers shelve their
trusty cookers as the weather starts to warm up in Spring
and Summer. There
may not be much interest in the 'traditional' pressure
cooker recipes of hearty soups and stews when cooks
everywhere are thinking of lighter fare and the BBQ
is in constant use.
But wait, before you think of giving your pressure
cooker the summer off, think about how it can shorten
your time in the kitchen throughout the year.
Some of you may already know how
to use your pressure cooker to pre-cook ribs
and then finish them on the grill for taste and tenderness
that can't be duplicated by grilling alone. You can
also use your pressure cooker the same way to pre-cook
roasts and meats of all kinds - pork, beef, lamb, chicken, ham,
turkey and then finish up on the grill or in the oven.
Follow any recipe
for cooking the meat in the pressure cooker, or more
experienced pressure cooker users may want to use the
Time Charts and then have your grill hot finish
with a great grilled taste.
The pressure cooker can precook your
meat fast and cut down on your time in the kitchen.
You can precook roasts in the pressure cooker
and then finish the meat in the oven, broiler or use
an electric grilling machine to get a nice crisp surface. Using foil helper
strips to remove the roast from the cooker, transfer
to a roasting pan with a rack.
If you don't have this kind of a pan use any
oven safe pan or dish with the rack from your pressure
the surface with butter, margarine or any basting recipe, or add a glaze
and get that same outer crispness of oven roasting,
but with a much more, tender, juicier and flavorful
piece of meat than oven roasting alone.
Cook in a pre-heated 450įF. oven for about 15-20
minutes or until the top is brown and crisp.
Use your pressure cooker to precook
roasts that can then be shredded, or pulled, to make
great plain or BBQ sandwiches.
After shredding the meat add your favorite bottled
BBQ sauce and simmer gently until heated through.
Precooked meats in your pressure cooker can shredded
or cubed and used in tacos,
burritos, stuffed into pita bread and used in all kinds
of salads. Donít forget the hot-wings,
chicken wings that start out in the pressure cooker,
but finish in the oven wing a tangy BBQ sauce - yum!
Summer brings on a wealth of fresh
vegetables and you can use your pressure cooker to quickly
on the cob, artichokes,
asparagus, potatoes and many others.
Make fast potato
salad by cooking whole potatoes and then peeling
after they have been chilled. Potatoes are so versatile,
you can turn out pressure baked potatoes for a crowd
in just 15 minutes, or make up a platter full potato
skins with your favorite toppings an dipping sauce as
an appetizer or snack.