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Pot Roast Recipe for Your Instant Pot

By December 2, 2017 Food

Pot Roast Recipe for Your Instant Pot

Just recently, I wrote a post describing exactly what an instant pot is.  So today, since it’s so chilly out (yes, we Californians get to experience winter too lol!), I thought I would share the recipe that I recently used to make this amazing pot roast in my Pressure Cooker XL

This pot roast recipe is ready in under an hour but tastes like it has been cooking all day. This is a perfect meal for a cold winter night.

Getting Started

For this roast, the only vegetables that I used were yellow onions, carrots and russet potatoes. You could also add green beans or use red potatoes instead of russets. Regardless of what type of vegetables you choose to use, be sure to cut them on the larger size (like I did in the pic above) so they don’t dissolve into mush.

Adding in the Flavor

Although you can make a pot roast in the instant pot without browning the meat first, I always brown my meat first.  I have tried cooking it both ways and found that browning the meat makes the roast so much tastier.

When I made this pot roast, I browned it in another pan on my stove top (I guess I was in the mood to wash extra dishes 😉 ) If you aren’t in the mood to do extra dishes, this can be done directly in the instant pot (more on this below).

Once the pan was heated up (2-3 minutes) I added the olive oil and minced garlic.

If you are browning your meat directly in the instant pot, just set the instant pot  to the meat/chicken button (I have an older version of the Power Pressure Cooker XL  which doesn’t have a sauté button-the meat/chicken setting is best for this since it has the longest cook time) and with the inner pot in place, cook the meat (with the top of the pot off) until it is brown on all sides.

Let the Magic Begin!

Once the meat is browned, scrape all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan, add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.

Place the lid on the instant pot, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to closed.

Press the MEAT/CHICKEN button and then press the TIME ADJUSTMENT button until you reach 20 minutes.

Once the timer reaches 0, the cooker will automatically switch to KEEP WARM. Press the CANCEL button. Switch the pressure release valve to open (see below).

When the steam is completely released, remove the lid.

Let’s Eat!

That’s all there is to it.  Pretty simple huh?  I like to serve my pot roast with mashed potatoes (I know, I know carb overload which is why I didn’t when I made this one), but you could also serve it with a green salad or even with just the carrots and potatoes like I did.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (2 to 3-lb.) boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion cut into wedges
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cubed
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & sliced into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 celery stalks cut into large pieces
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat the instant pot so that it is ready to sauté the meat by turning it on and pressing the CHICKEN/MEAT button.
  2. Add the olive oil, garlic and meat to the pot and brown  (with the top of the pot off) for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Once the meat is brown, scrape the bottom to loosen any brown bits from when you browned the meat (this is where all the flavor comes from 🙂 )
  4. Add onion, potato, carrots, celery, broth, oregano and thyme.
  5. Place the lid on the instant pot, lock the lid and switch the pressure release valve to closed (see picture above).
  6. Press the TIME ADJUSTMENT  button to set the pot for 20 minutes.
  7. Switch the pressure release button to open (see picture above)  to release the steam.
  8. Once the steam is completely released, open the pot.
  9. Serve warm!

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What is an Instant Pot Anyway?

By November 26, 2017 Food, General

What is an Instant Pot Anyway?

Me and Infomercials

I will say, I am a SUCKER for infomercials. You can pretty much sell me anything in the middle of the night lol! A couple of years ago, I was up late watching TV when I came across an infomercial for an amazing product – the Power Pressure Cooker XL.  Although I do try really hard to curb my informercial addiction-this pressure cooker (also known today as an instant pot) was way too good of an offer to pass up.

 

 

Today’s Pressure Cooker – Also Known as the Instant Pot

Now this pressure cooker here is not your mother’s old pressure cooker.  You know- the big heavy one without the timer that could explode if you didn’t put enough water in it or you didn’t turn it off in time (true story-lol!).

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is a multi-cooker (also referred to as an instant pot) that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools.

So Many Possibilities

I have had this pressure cooker for about a year now and have used it to cook so many dishes.  It’s been used in. my house to pressure cook beans, oatmeal, potatoes and roast-just to name a few.  We have also slow cooked chili,  chicken soup and stew and used it to steam vegetables and cook rice.

This Thanksgiving, I made our mashed potatoes in it and they were AMAZING.  I couldn’t believe how fluffy and moist the potatoes turned out.  The best part of this though was that I didn’t have to keep a close eye on the potatoes.  This freed up a lot of time.  I was able to use this time to prepare the other dishes I was serving.  After seeing how easy it is to make these delicious potatoes in the pressure cooker, I will definitely never make mashed potatoes in a pot again.

In addition to what I have already mentioned, the Power Pressure Cooker XL can be used for canning.  I have never canned anything before, but after seeing how well all of the other features of this appliance work, I am really tempted to can something.

How Does It Compare?

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is the only pressure cooker I have ever used, so I can’t say how it compares to other brands.  I can, however, say that the Pressure Cooker XL is easy to use and to clean.  It also cooks great food in a fraction of the time that it would take using a conventional oven or stove top.

Do you have a pressure cooker?  If so, I would love to hear what brand you love the best.

 

 

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The Pantry Moth Infestation

By September 1, 2017 General

Our Pantry Moth Problem

Some time ago, while living in our first home, we had a really bad pantry moth infestation problem. It was horrible! I had no idea where the moths came from nor did I know how to get rid of them.

Before I go any further, let me explain how I found out that we had pantry moths. (Let me warn you know before you continue reading-this post may contain descriptions and pictures that might nauseate you-lol.)

One night I was making Rice A Roni when I noticed a bit of movement. When I looked closer, I realized that there were maggot looking worms in the rice. I will spare you the gross image of a maggot, but if you have never seen one, I can tell you that unless you have very good vision, they could pass for a grain of rice.

Ughhh!! It was awful! Needless to say-we ate out that night.

Now when I said some time ago, I meant it-this was before we were able to hop on a computer and figure just about anything out.

Not knowing what to do, I figured I would just throw EVERYTHING out and start over. I also invested in a ton of containers like these to store all of my rice and flour in:

After tossing everything out and cleaning all of the cabinets thoroughly, I put all of my new storage containers, holding the dried goods, back into the cabinets. Luckily, this seemed to do the trick.

Fast forward to now-17 years later. About six months ago, I started seeing a few pantry moths here and there flying around my kitchen. I instantly began to freak out especially because I am much older now and my vision is horrible (if you are over 40 you definitely understand lol). I started thinking back to the last time we had Rice A Roni and if I had inspected the rice carefully enough. Then I started pulling everything out of the pantry-just as I had done before. It worked then, so why wouldn’t I repeat the same process? As I was removing everything from the pantry, I discovered that the moths had created this disgusting web home in an old opened jar of peanuts. I was horrified. I began to grow a bit more concerned but figured that just throwing everything out would work. Well, it didn’t. A few days later, there were more than a few moths flying around my kitchen and then I started seeing them in the laundry room. The kicker was when I saw one upstairs in my bedroom! I immediately started researching this pesky insect and found the following:

-Pantry moths are not clothing moths-you cannot kill them using moth balls
-Pantry moths love flour, whole grains, almonds, raisins, pet food and other dry goods
-The best way to get rid of them is with pheromone

After a thorough online search of products I decided to purchase Dr. Killigan’s Premium Pantry Moth Traps.

Am I glad I did! After just a couple of days, I checked the traps and this is what I found…

I was shocked! That is, I knew we had a moth problem, but not to that extent. I opened every one of those moth traps (there are 6 in a pack) and placed them all over the house.

It has now been a couple of weeks and I still see a moth from time to time, but not nearly as many as before. These traps work great and are really easy to use (not to mention their nice packaging). You just open the trap, peel it apart and fold it. The pheromone is right in the sticky glue. The best part is, these pantry moth traps have a 100% money back guarantee. You can’t beat that.

I am happy to report that it looks like we are on our way to being moth free. Thank goodness!!

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