Small Batch Chicken Broth In A Mini Pressure Cooker (Whole 30)


Calling all mini pressure cooker (3 1/2 quarts or less) owners.  There is finally someone creating pressure cooker recipes just for you.   Christina Lane, of Dessert For Two, is pressure cooking’s newest fan and she is creating small batch recipes for her Instapot mini and sharing them with us.

I really like this recipe because it is almost impossible to find a broth without sugar or soy in it. Why? Why? Why?   The batch makes enough for one reasonably sized batch of soup.

A Small Batch of Chicken Broth In The Pressure Cooker


Pressure Cooker Three Grain Medley

If the weather continues to do what it’s doing,  I won’t be going home for Christmas for the third time in three years.  I am trying not to get down about it because it hasn’t happened yet and a lot can happen in three days.  In reality,  I am having hard time dealing with the thought. Sigh.

One thing  I am doing to deal with the situation is making sure I have a Christmas feast.  I am making a duck breast that my friend, Erica, gave me,  baked potatoes, three grain medley, a big salad, and a cranberry slump for dessert.  If I have to be away from my family for Christmas at least I am going to eat well.

Pressure Cooker Three Grain Medley

1 TBS olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 carrot, sliced

1/3 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained well

1/3 cup farro, rinsed and drained well

1/3 cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained well

3 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground pepper

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

In the liner of the pressure cooker, add the onion, garlic, carrot, farro, broth, bay leaf, basil, salt and pepper.  Lock lid and bring to high pressure.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Quick release and add barley.  Lock the lid and bring to high pressure again.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Natural release.

Pressure Cooker Teas


Over the year and a half I have been pressure cooking I have come to believe you can make any thing in a pressure cooker but never once did it occur to me to make drinks, like tea.  Is there anything a pressure cooker can’t do?  These recipes make an incredibly smooth and tasty tea.  Yes, these are recipes could probably be made on the stove in about the same amount of time as the pressure cooker but I like the idea of dumping everything in the pressure cooker, going to do whatever I need to do and coming back whenever and having my tea ready when I want it.

Pressure Cooker Masala Chai

From Two Sleevers

2-3 tea bags

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup coconut or almond milk, use cow’s milk if not Whole 30

2 whole cloves

3-4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

4 green caramom

4 thin slices ginger

Place all ingredients into the liner.  Bring to high pressure and cook for 4 minutes.  You can quick or natural release.  Strain the spices out and serve.

Pressure Cooker Iced Tea

From Two Sleevers

4 regular tea bags

6 cups water

1/2 cup sugar (omit if  Whole 30)

Place the tea bags and water into the liner.  Bring to high pressure and cook for 4 minutes.  you can quick or natural release.  Add sugar to taste.  Stir to dissolve.  Serve over ice. 

What Size Pressure Cooker Should I Get?

Judging by the large amount of questions I am getting,  pressure cookers are going to be under everybody’s Christmas tree this year.  The most common question I have been getting is what size pressure cooker should I get?   As the owner of two pressure cookers, one 2 quart and one 6 quart, here is my answer.   Go with a bigger size pressure cooker,  you can always cook small batches of food in a bigger pressure cooker but you can’t cooker bigger batches of food in a small pressure cooker.  I got my 6 quart pressure cooker on Black Friday last year and I haven’t used my 2 quart since.   A 6 quart is a nice size for a family of one or a family of 4.   If you have a bigger family than that or you just love left overs go for an 8 quart.

Another frequently asked question is do I need to get an Instapot?  Instapot is a brand like Crockpot and like any brand you are going to pay a premium price for it.  Is it worth it?  Well, that is up to you.  The Instapot does have a lot of bells and whistles you might be interested in. You will need to the research.   I am just here for the pressure cooking.


Pressure Cooker Beef Masala Curry (Whole 30)


Guys, I am in trouble.  Not a little bit of trouble, but a big heaping boat load of trouble.  I don’t know what to do about it.  There is a new little store about a block from my apartment that has a ton of  Hull brown drip dishware for sale.  I don’t know if you remember, last year I got a big box of Pfaltzgraff and Hull brown drip dishware for helping a friend move. I absolutely love it.  It is gorgeous and I want more of it.  Yesterday, I  bought a small pitcher, 3 oval plates, a butter dish, and a divided casserole.  My problem is how am I going to stay out of this store and away from this awful temptation when I have to walk past it every single time I go anywhere outside my apartment building? Help me.

Beef Masala Curry

Adapted from I don’t remember where

1 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4  big onion, chopped

1 ½ cloves garlic, minced

½ cup tomato sauce

2 TBS  cilantro, chopped

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp  garam masala

1/4  tsp cumin

1/4  tsp coriander

1/4  tsp cayenne pepper

1/4  tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp lemon zest

11/2 tsp  olive oil

½ cup  stock

Preheat your pressure cooker on the saute function and add the oil.  When the oil is hot,  brown the beef.  Add the remaining ingredients,except the cilantro.  Lock the lid and bring to high pressure.  Cook 35 minutes and release pressure naturally.  Serve and garnish with cilantro.