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May 4th, 2010

Pressure Cooking 101: Porcupine Meatballs, Cooking Chicken, and a HANDOUT!

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Our pressure cooking class is coming to a close (I know…say it ain’t so!) But we’ve got to get onto other things and this has hopefully given you some good basic ideas to get you EXCITED to use your pressure cooker! Today’s videos will cover making a meal in a pressure cooker and cooking meat.

PORCUPINE MEATBALLS PART ONE

PORCUPINE MEATBALLS PART TWO

MAKING SLOW COOKER CHICKEN IN YOUR PRESSURE COOKER IN 15 MINUTES

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PorcupineMeatballs

Porcupine Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs. Hamburger
2/3 Cup Rice, uncooked
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. Minced Onion, dry
Combine above ingredients & form into small balls

1 Can Tomato Soup
1/2 Cup Water
Mix & Heat the soup and water in the Pressure Cooker.
Drop meat balls into hot soup mixture.
Close cover securely with pressure regulator on top.
Cook 10 minutes at 15 lbs pressure.
Let pressure drop of its own accord. (Natural Release Method)

TIPS

pressure-cooking-handout

Click HERE to download this 2 page handout with tips and tricks for your pressure cooker along with a couple recipes to try. I didn’t put general cook times for basic items (like rice, meat, etc.) because you should check your owners manual for those as each pressure cooker can be different.

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26 Comments

  • Katherine

    May 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I'm loving this class. Thank you for putting it together for us. I have a stove top pressure cooker (although I want to get an electric one next). Is the cook time the same? For instance with the meatballs you pressure them for 10 minutes in the electric would it be the same in the stovetop?

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Yes. This recipe was originally done on a stove top pressure cooker.

  • Candace

    May 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much for your Pressure Cooking class. I love your videos – they take the intimidation factor out of trying new techniques. In your video on making Porcupine Meatballs you mention that you're trying to use up your canned condensed tomato soup so you can use your Magic Mix to make it. Is the recipe for Magic Mix Condensed Tomato Soup on your website? I haven't been able to find it.

  • Jamie

    May 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I have loved your classes on the pressure cooker. I have wanted to get an electric pressure cooker for a few weeks now. I am thrilled to say that I just ordered the cuisinart electric pressure cooker that you have. I have been looking and this one seams to be a really good one. I should be receiving it on Friday. CANT WAIT!!!! I will definitely be trying some of these recipes you have shown us. Thanks again!

  • Sheena

    May 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    We just tried cooking ribs in our electric pressure cooker. It made them delicious and tender and ready to grill, in about 45 minutes total! Instead of being an all day affair, it was quick and delicious.

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    The condensed tomato soup recipe is in my book. Thanks!

  • LeAnn

    May 6, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I was reading the recipe for rice pudding in the printable handout and noticed an asterisk after 'long grain rice' but didn't notice any asterisk notes below. Also, the recipe doesn't specific low or high pressure for cooking.

    Thank you

  • Kerry

    May 6, 2010 at 6:46 am

    After telling my husband about your class on using an electric pressure cooker, he was so impressed that he went and bought me one for my birthday.(He spent two days calling around to all the stores in our area, and thinks he bought the very last one in all of our county. It was even the display model, so apparently this machine is quite popular!) He's an engineer, so he's all about steam. Anyway, I am super excited to start using it! I hope you will continue to post recipes using the pressure cooker in the future! Thanks so much!

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

    It's fixed. Thanks!

  • Cynthia

    May 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much, I just love your recipes and videos. You mentioned using magic mix to make tomato soup? How? I would love the recipe! Thanks!

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    The recipe is in my book, I Can't Believe It's Food Storage

  • Margaret

    May 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Can you cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker? You mentioned pressure cookers being similar to slow cookers. I like to put frozen chicken or stew meat in my slow cooker and then I don't have to worry about thawing it.

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Actually, my food scientist friend says it isn't safe to cook frozen meat in
    a slow cooker (sorry, only the messenger here!) because it doesn't keep it
    at a high enough temperature to keep it out of the unsafe zone. HOWEVER,
    you can cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker with out worrying about that
    because it cooks at such a high temperature.

  • Margaret

    May 8, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Can you cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker? You mentioned pressure cookers being similar to slow cookers. I like to put frozen chicken or stew meat in my slow cooker and then I don't have to worry about thawing it.

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 8, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Actually, my food scientist friend says it isn't safe to cook frozen meat in
    a slow cooker (sorry, only the messenger here!) because it doesn't keep it
    at a high enough temperature to keep it out of the unsafe zone. HOWEVER,
    you can cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker with out worrying about that
    because it cooks at such a high temperature.

  • cynthia

    May 9, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Thanks! I actually have your book, so I'll go and look it up!

  • Margaret

    May 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    How do you adjust the cooking time to compensate for frozen meat? (How many minutes per pound?)

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I'm not sure. You may have to play with it a little.

  • Michelle

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Crystal, THANK YOU so much for doing this “class” on pressure cookers. It came at the right time in my life and I purchased the electric pressure cooker at Costco. I am IN LOVE! What a great appliance. I have always hated chicken because it is hard to cook it and keep it moist, now I have moist chicken every time in the pressure cooker.
    There are so many ways in which your blog and your book have improved my life. Thank you so much!

  • eatfoodstorage

    May 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    You're welcome! I'm glad you're using the information!

  • Yolonda

    January 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Crystal: I really enjoyed your pressure cooking class. Any chance you will show us more of your wonderful recipes for the pressure cooker? Thanks.

  • sharibeth78

    February 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    wow, THANK YOU! My mom bought me that exact same pressure cooker 2 years ago, and I shamefully have only used it twice! I am afraid of it to be honest, and have NO idea how to use it. So when I was googling pressure cooker recipes and came across your site, I was so excited to see that you have the same one and that you have VIDEOS! I look forward to making both the porcupine balls and the taco chicken!!! 🙂

  • lexie Hardy

    April 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I got a pressure cooker after watching your videos and I LOVE it. I love your site, I’ve learned soooo much thanks for going to all this work, your many online fans appreciate it.

    • Anonymous

      April 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you!!

  • lexie Hardy

    April 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I got a pressure cooker after watching your videos and I LOVE it. I love your site, I’ve learned soooo much thanks for going to all this work, your many online fans appreciate it.

  • Jrudde88r

    June 30, 2011 at 3:00 am

    My kids renamed these hedge hogs lol but they loved them!  Thanks so much for your blog.  After seeing the way the electric pressure cooker works I bought one and have used it 6 out of ten days.  I even made tamalies that turned out perfect in 5 min at hi pressure using the rack with the sauce in the bottom.

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