How To Convert Slow Cooker Recipes To Pressure Cooker. Get the transcript here:
Trying to figure out how to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker? Or Instant Pot?
Yes! You can take those hands-free crockpot recipes and make them even faster in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
Just follow a few simple principles to convert your slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) and you’ll be off to the races!
Cherie asks: Hi, thanks for all your uplifting and encouraging videos. I have not been able to find if I can use slow cooker recipes and convert them to a pressure cooker. My-sister-in law gifted us a pressure cooker. Hopefully it will help me be a better and healthier cook.
Cheri, you can convert your slow cooker recipes for pressure cooking (or Instant Pot).
Keep these 9 tips in mind for easy conversion of your favorite crockpot recipes.
1. Is The Recipe A Good Candidate For Converting?
Here are a few guidelines to help you figure out if your recipe will convert well.
*Has Enough Liquid — Pressure cookers require liquid to function properly. How much varies from unit to unit, though 1 to 2 cups is standard. So if your recipe already has liquid, great. If it doesn’t, make sure to add the minimum.
*Does Not Have a Fried, Crispy Coating — The pressure cooker is all about steam, not a crispy finish.
*Isn’t A Super Tender Cut Of Meat — The pressure cooker is amazing for every day cuts of meat. If you’ve got a succulent, expensive, tender cut of meat (like a T-Bone steak), don’t ruin it by pressure cooking it!
2. Omit These Ingredients
Milk (or dairy) globs up under pressure. (They can be added or stirred in or simmered at the end.)
Wine doesn’t evaporate under pressure; it stays tart and raw. Again, you can add wine at the end and simmer.
Finally, thickeners, such as cornstarch or arrowroot, should not be cooked under pressure. Instead, mix them with water and whisk them in at the end with or without some heat.
3. Pressure Cook Meat/Broth/Grains/Beans First, Then Veggies.
Your slow cooker recipe for stew may have had you combining all ingredients (meats, grains, beans, and veggies) and setting it to low for 8 hours.
That’s OK for most ingredients when converting to the pressure cooker, but I guarantee your veggies will be mush if you add them at the beginning.
Better to make the recipe in stages. Cook the meat/rice/beans first, release pressure, add veggies, cook under pressure for more minutes.
Check Lorna Sass’ book Pressure Perfect for timing on different food items. Go with the timing on the food that needs the longest time.
If you find a huge difference in the timing required for your different ingredients, you have 2 options:
*Cut the meat into smaller pieces (they take less time to cook) so they’ll come closer to the timing on the other ingredients.
*Cook the recipe in stages.
5. Maybe Reduce The Liquid
When pressure cooking, very little liquid is lost to evaporation. So in general, you might need to reduce the liquid in the original recipe when putting it in a pressure cooker.
*Grains and Beans — Use the exact amount needed to fluff them up, with a bit more for the other ingredients in the recipe.
*Soup — Use the amount of liquid you actually want in the finished result.
6. Quick Or Natural Release
Meats generally do best with a natural release. Exception: a recipe made in stages.
Vegetables do best with quick release — otherwise they get mushy.
In my experience, rice and beans do well with either type of release.
7. Take Time To Brown
Brown your meat beforehand right in the pot. No mess and it makes a big difference in flavor.
8. Normal Operating Rules Apply
It’s important to operate your Instant Pot or pressure cooker safely.
Make sure the seal is clean and well seated. Ensure the venting knob is in the sealing position. Check that the valves are clean, etc.
9. Or Use Instant Pot Slow Cooker Function
The Instant Pot has a slow cooker function. Sometimes, you might not want to convert a slow cooker recipe because you’re going to be out all day anyway…
Loose leaf tea bags
Herban C Tea Mix from Bulk Herb Store
Instant Pot Glass Lid
Free Instant Pot Sourdough Cornbread Recipe
Pressure Perfect book by Lorna Sass
Instant Pot Apple-Cranberry Crisp Recipe
Sweet Potato Casserole In The Instant Pot
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