December 23, 2007

Pressure Cooking - Chicken Stock

One of my gifts this year was a Pressure Cooker. I am one of those "odd" women who gets excited about new kitchen gadgets and tools. Since getting this new toy, I have managed to use it between 3-4 times a week. It's the Fagor 8 quart pressure cooker, which also came with a 4 quart pan that can also be used as a pressure cooker and steamer basket. Very cool, indeed!

Today's experiment was Chicken Stock. I was interested to see what kind of results would come from such a quick method of making stock. The recipe includes your basic ingredients and once you reach high pressure, it's 30 minutes of cooking time and 20 minutes to "de-pressurize". I took a quick taste after I strained it for cooling, and the flavor is very good and I think it will make a nice base for many soups.
The recipe comes from a friend who introduced me to Pressure Cooking very recently. She took some classes at a place in Wayne, NJ called Adventures in Cooking. The teacher, Arlene Ward, has published a cookbook on the subject and I am hoping to get my copy soon.

Chicken Stock
By: Arlene Ward - Adventures in Cooking
3 pounds chicken bones, backs, necks or parts
2 stalks celery, cut into chunks
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 onion cut into chunks
8 sprigs parsley
1 bay leaf
pinch of dried thyme or one large branch of fresh
8 whole black peppercorns
Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker. Fill the pot with water only to the level recommended by the manufacturer. It is better to go under this mark and not a hair over. The pressure cooker will sputter at high water levels.
Lock the lid in place and bring to high heat. Adjust the heat to maintain high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. Let the pressure drop naturally, about 20 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid tilting it away from you.
Strain the stock into a large bowl or pot and refrigerate after cooling to remove any grease on the surface. The stock can be used in a few days or freeze in containers for several months.


Tracy said...

I got a pressure cooker this year but I'm afraid to use it! Maybe I'll get inspired and use one of your recipes.

Good luck with your blog! Hope you enjoy it!

Patsyk said...

I hope you do give it a try. It is a huge time-saver - but, I would recommend prepping early in the day or on the weekend to save even more time.

Thanks for stopping by!

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