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    Friday
    Feb022018

    Instant Pot Ramen Broth

    Honestly. Seriously. I mean, just make it. We ate it for dinner on its own one night.

    Ramen broth is a nine-hundred day process. (I exaggerate a little.) But a multi-cooker makes it happen in no time. (Spoiler alert--a little over 3 hours, a savings of more than 899 days and 20 hours!)

    We talked about this on our podcast. Look for that in the media player on the main page--or listen to it here

    But make this broth. Because you can.

    Do you have to use an Instant Pot? No, you can make this in any electric pressure cooker. So what's your excuse? Freeze the makings and get ready for ramen anytime.

    RAMEN BROTH

    • 4 medium sheets kombu
    • 1 smoked ham hock or a smoked turkey leg
    • 1 pound chicken wings (separated), backs, necks, or a combination thereof
    • 1 pound pork bones or bone-in pork shoulder chops
    • 10 medium scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
    • One 3- to 4-inch piece fresh ginger (about as wide as two or three thumbs put together), peeled (as necessary) and cut into 1/2-inch thick rings
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce (see below)
    • 2 tablespoons mirin
    • About 10 cups water

    1. Place the kombu, hock, chicken, pork, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, and mirin in a 6- or 8-quart electric pressure cooker or multi-cooker. Add about 10 cups water--but do not add water above the max-fill line on the inside of the pot.

    2. Cover and lock the lid in place. Set the machine to cook at high pressure for 2 hours.

    3. Let the pressure come back to normal naturally, either by turning off the machine, turning off the pressure, or unplugging the machine (check your owner's manual). Do not let the machine flip to its "keep warm" setting.

    4. When the pressure lock is released and the pot's pressure is back to normal, unlock the lid and uncover the pot. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth-lined giant colander and into a large bowl. Transfer the strained broth to freezer-safe containers and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    You can save the meat from the pork and chicken--although it's pretty spent. Make ramen easy by heating the broth to a low simmer, then ladling over bowls of baby kale, purchased ramen noodles, and perhaps a soft-boiled egg. You can also add chunked-up ham, pork shoulder, or other meats you might have as leftovers (which is why you want to freeze this stuff--so it's ready for leftovers).

    NOTE: Here's the Japanese soy sauce we talked about in the episode. We don't read Japanese--and so can't say more than, yep, that's the stuff. Anybody's help would be appreciated. And yes, you can use any sort of soy sauce.)

    Friday
    Nov202015

    Pork and Peanut Stew

    Man, we ate this thing up! We didn't look back. We barely had time to make the rice.

    One complaint: as we said, the pressure cooker vanquishes the hot stuff. Have some bottled hot sauce ready. Or pickled jalapeno rings.

    As usual, click here for this week's episode of the podcast on iTunes.

    Or here to find it on its hosting site.

    Or go to the bottom of the page to open it in your browser.

    Sheesh! So, onward. The recipe. Break out the pressure cooker.

    Pork and Peanut Stew

    From THE GREAT BIG PRESSURE COOKER BOOK--available just to the right and a bit above on this page. Or here.

    • 1 3/4 cups canned diced tomatoes (preferably low-sodium)
    • 1/2 cup creamy natural-style peanut butter
    • 1 or 2 tablespoons packed fresh oregano leaves, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons peanut, canola, or vegetable oil
    • One 2-pound boneless skinless pork shoulder, trimmed of any large chunks of fat and cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1/4 cup dry white wine
    • 6 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice

    1. Whisk the tomatoes, peanut butter, oregano, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl until the peanut butter has loosened.

    2. Heat the oil in a 6-quart stovetop pressure cooker set over medium heat or in a 6-quart electric pressure cooker set to the browning function. Add the meat in batches to prevent crowding; brown on all sides, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large bowl and continue browning more.

    3. Add the onions and ginger to the pot; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic; cook for about 10 seconds. Pour in the wine and scrape up any browned bits in the pot.

    4. Stir in the tomato mixture, then return the pork pieces and any juices to the pot. Stir in the carrots and bay leaves.

    5. Lock the lid onto the cooker.

    For a stovetop model, raise the heat to high (15 psi). Once that pressure has been reached, reduce the heat as much as possible while maintaining this pressure. Cook for 25 minutes at high pressure.

    For an electric model, set the machine to cook at high pressure (9 - 11 psi). Set the machine's timer to cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.

    6. To release the pressure, set the stovetop pot off the heat or turn off the electric cooker; let either come back to normal pressure naturally. Unlock and open the cooker. Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the lime juice before serving.

    Pork and Peanut Stew