Beef Stew Using the Pressure Cooker

I have found that people either love a pressure cooker or they are scared to death of one.  I love mine, but don’t use it as often as I should.   Now I am still using the first generation pressure cooker.  I have this one made by Mirro.  I have had it since the beginning of time and have never even had to replace the gasket.  I have been investigating getting a newer one, but do I really want to spend $80 on a new one when there is nothing wrong with the old one?  There is even a Third Generation pressure cooker out there now.  It is electric and has lots of bells and whistles on it, but it is cumbersome.  I really  prize my cabinet space.  I don’t want to clutter it up with an object that is way too expensive, takes up too much space, maybe won’t even get used that much, and since it’s operation system is a computer chip it could go out at any time.  And you know what that means,  throw out the appliance because it will cost more to repair than it would to by a new one.  So I’m sticking with my First Generation pressure cooker.

I always include a lesson on using the pressure cooker in my class.  About a fourth of my students have them at home and are used quite frequently.  The other three-fourths should know how to use one.  It is safe and easy as with any other appliance if it used properly.  I love this beef stew recipe and it has been a hit in my class since day one of teaching foods.  So if you have a pressure cooker give this a try.  It is a quick way to use a cheap cut of meat and make it really tender in about 45 minutes which includes peeling potatoes and carrots.  If you don’t have a pressure cooker and want to learn how to use one there is plenty of information out there on the internet.  Check out Gourmet’s  how-to video on YouTube.  Or you can just sign up to take my class and I’ll teach everything that you need to know about using  and buying one.  And just forget all those horror stories about using a pressure cooker.

Beef Stew 

Yield 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Crisco
  • 1 lb. Stew Beef cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4 small potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch slices
  • 1 14 ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup water
Directions:
  1. Make sure that you have read thoroughly the directions for using your pressure cooker.
  2. Have all the ingredients ready to add when needed or you will lose heat.  This will increase your cooking time.
  3. Heat the cooker on medium high heat or until a drop of water dances in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add Crisco and quickly add stew beef.
  5. Stir with a wooden spoon as it browns.
  6. Quickly add sliced onion, then carrots, potatoes and last tomatoes. I cut potatoes and carrots into much larger pieces for the pressure cooker because if they are cut too small they will disinegrate to nothing when they are cooked.
  7. Quickly close the pressure cooker and place on high heat.
  8. When the regulator starts to jiggle set the timer for about 11 minutes.
  9. Use the quick cool method by placing the pressure cooker in cold water then running water over the top to reduce the pressure quickly.  Do not get water in the safety valve.
  10. Make a slurry with flour and water and pour into the beef stew.
  11. Stir to mix and break up tomatoes and potatoes.
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56 responses to “Beef Stew Using the Pressure Cooker

  1. i think that beff stew is relly good for you and very healthy and it was so goo cant what to make it !

  2. Grayling 3rd

    I learned from this that you can lose heat and need to add the ingredients fast before you do.

  3. lakia

    the beef stew was good im going to make it myself

  4. Sydnee 3rd

    I learned how to work a pressure cooker.

  5. Beth B.

    I learned that when the pressure cooker on high heat pressure when you want to cook beef stew.

  6. Destiny Williams 1st

    Even though my class did not get a chance to taste the stew; I learned how to use a pressure cooker by watching you prepare the dish.

  7. Ashton- 1st Period

    I always thought that beef stew was something that you had to cook in a crock pot all day. I learned that it can be done in a little over and hour using a pressure cooker.

  8. astrid 1st period

    we learned how to use a pressure cooker to mkae this… it was very good.

  9. wayne rhodes 1st

    i learned that the pressure cooker really tenderizes everything and makes it moist and delicious

  10. Jackie

    I learned that you need to have all the ingredients ready to add when needed or you will lose heat in the pressure cooker.

  11. Evan Foerster

    Beef stew has never been a go-to food for me, but it is healthy and filling.

  12. haley

    By doing this lab, I learned that the pressure cooker is an easy quick way to cook stews.

  13. Hector Melara

    i learned how to use a pressure cooker

  14. Hayley

    I learned that making this beef stew requires a lot of preparation and planning because everything you do has to be done quickly so that the beef stew cooks well and tastes good.

  15. andrea brown 2nd period

    i learned that you need to add ingrediants very quickly

  16. Jada

    i learned this lab is quit fast when usin a pressure cooker

  17. Austin Cunningham

    In this lab i learned how to use a pressure cooker

  18. Jude Thornton

    I learned that you have to be extremely careful when using a pressure cooker, so that you do not over cook the meat.

  19. brianna

    i learned that using a pressure cooker is a “quick way to use a cheap cut of meat and make it really tender.”

  20. Tiffany

    I learned how to use a pressure cooker.

  21. Morgan Woods

    i learned how to use a pressure cooker

  22. mallory

    i learned that you have to be really careful using a pressure cooker.

  23. Joseph Loomis

    I learned what not to put in a pressure cooker.

  24. frederick welch

    i learned that the pressure cooker tenderizes everything

  25. mary depaola

    i learned how to use a pressure cooker

  26. Courtney Vasquez

    I learned that you a pressure cooker tenderizes everything.

  27. Whitney Hobbs

    I learned that when making this beef stew you should add Crisco and quickly add the stew beef.

  28. madison hayes

    i learned how to use a pressure cooker

  29. nikki

    i learned that you have to use two tablespoons of crisco.

  30. Rebecca Davenport

    I learned how to operate the pressure cooker.

  31. Melijah Mason

    I learned that making this beef stew requires a lot of preparation

  32. Jorman Gonzalez

    i learned how to use the pressure cooker

  33. olivia4th

    for the best reaults use a pressure cooker!

  34. audrey carroll

    i learned that you need two tablespoons of crisco

  35. morgan

    I learned how to use a pressure cooker

  36. Ali Nayeem

    I didnt know you can put flour in beef stew.

  37. nicholaspaul4thperiod

    i learned how to use a pressure cooker.

  38. ashley cunningham

    we learned how to use a pressure cooker and I learned that you can cook it very fast.

  39. Cole Small

    I learned that it can be done in a little over and hour using a pressure cooker.

  40. Raenah B. 4th

    i learned that you should make sure that you have read thoroughly the directions for using your pressure cooker before cooking.

  41. jamile holmes

    I learned that you have all the ingredients ready to add when needed or you will lose heat.

  42. maeghan d

    i learned that it takes longer than an hour to prepare the meal but cooks faster in a pressure cooker and that ingredients need to be added quickly

  43. Morgan Jones

    I learned that you need to have all of the ingridients ready when you need them becasue if you don’t then you will lose some of your heat.

  44. britnee

    I never knew you could cook beef stew in a pressure cooker . it look faster and easier and it looks good!

  45. Avondre

    I wasnt here for this but i bet it was tasty. Looks like the different flavors blend good.

  46. darien1st

    I didn’t know flour went into stew

  47. Katherine Lackey

    I learned how to use pressure cooker and how quickly it cooks!

  48. Ivry Mills

    I have learned that if you don’t have your ingredients ready by the time you are ready to put them in you will lose heat.

  49. Jessica Shearer 2nd

    I learned that you should break up the tomatoes and potatoes in the end by mixing.

  50. Jada Hunt

    I learned that veggies can not only be healthy but tasty as well.

  51. arkell evans

    I learned that you can use a pressure cooker to cook beef stew instead of a crock pot.

  52. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    I learned that its extremely important to have all your necessary ingredients ready on time so you don’t lose heat and increase your cooking time!

  53. Yanexy

    I learned that you use one medium onion sliced and 1/4 cup water.

  54. Rebcca Bass -4th

    I learned that pressure cookers can cook your food much faster than other choices.

  55. Anna Acker 4th

    I learned that you have to have all the ingredients ready to add when needed or you will lose heat, and it will increase your cooking time.

  56. Chelsea 4th

    I learned that you can cook beef stew in a pressure cooker. And I don’t really like onions but I found they added a nice flavor.

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