Friday, January 29, 2016

Simple Chicken Broth

Chicken was on sale at 59¢ a pound. I bought several. After removing the meat from the bones, I decided to cook these bones for clear chicken broth.

1 set of chicken back and breast cage
2 stalks of celery
3 skinny carrots
half onion
4 cups water

Set to SLOW COOKER mode. It will automatically cook for 8 hours.

This is a base for a lot of soups. You can modify the vegetables as you see fit. Discard the vegetables and season the broth with salt and pepper if necessary.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Just Rice

Nothing fancy. Just trying on steamed rice with half white, half brown in this Midea Electric Pressure Cooker.

Follow the usual rice cooker instructions:
1 cup Jasmine brown rice
1 cup Jasmine rice
3 cups water

Set to BROWN RICE and wait til it's done.

Steamed rice close up.
Comparing to the conventional rice cooker, the texture was perfect on the day of cooking. However, the quality degrade faster to hard to chew on 6th day. I don't like to haul around a large pot just to cook rice. So, my conclusion is to continue using my mini rice cooker. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BBQ Beef Ribs with Midea

Trying to cook my first beef ribs with Midea Pressure Cooker.
Ingredient lineup.
3-4 lb. Beef Ribs
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup dry rub
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

  1. Rinse the ribs and pat dry.
  2. Lay on a tray for dry rub. Pat down the seasoning well on all surfaces. 
  3. Stack the rib pieces like a teepee. 
  4. Pour broth mixed with liquid smoke in the inner pot. 
  5. Lock the lid and set to STEAM for 30 min. 
  6. Preheat oven to 450 when Midea says OH (done).
  7. Arrange the ribs on a roasting tray and brush bbq sauce on the ribs. Bake for 10 min, then flip the side and brush on each piece. Bake for another 10 min.

Before & After of Steamed Beef Ribs. Meat felt off the bones easily.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Chicken Soup Made of Scraps

It's cold outside. My favorite comfort food is soup. Instead of spending money at the restaurants, I decided to make my own chicken soup. After learning from Ziad at Eatwell Bakery Cafe , I want to try his "nothing but chicken" recipe. Well, I had to clean up my refrigerator last night. I added some other stuff.

I striped this chicken to bones only. I used other parts for entree.
1 Chicken back and bones from breast part. Don't remove skin. That's for flavoring.
2 Carrots, medium size
1 Celery, stalk
1 Cucumber (I hate to waste a freeze-burnt veggie.)
1/2 Onion
1 piece American Ginseng (optional)
1-3 tbsp Salt, after the soup is done


  1. Put everything in the pot and fill with water to cover the ingredients.
  2. Set Midea Electrical Pressure Cooker to SOUP setting for 33 minutes.
  3. Follow instruction to start the process.
  4. When done, release pressure and discard all vegetable solids. 
  5. Remove soup and meat from the pot, season with 1 tbsp salt to taste.

Fresh chicken is on sale 58¢ per pound at H-E-B on Beechnut. Time to make some good soup at home and save my money for Houston Rodeo next month.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Beef Stew from Midea Cooker

I thought to give this piece of chuck roast a try after I found a recipe online. I modified to my Midea cooker's requirement. It's easy to follow and delicious.
One-pot cooking. Enjoy it with steamed rice.
Stuff you need:
2 - 3 lb boneless chuck roast. (the marble ones are tender)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup olive oil or cooking oil
1 cup onion, chopped 
1/2 cup celery, chopped 
1/2 cup carrots, diced
2 cups potatoes, cubed
2 tbsp garlic, sliced
5 cups water (just enough to cover the meat)
1 package Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
Do you have these ingredients in your refrigerator?

  1. Cut the meat into 1 inch cube. It's easier to cut when halfway defrosted.
  2. Place flour and cubed meat in a zip lock back and vigorously shake the bag to coat all pieces.
  3. Prepare a separate pan or pot to sear the meat 
  4. Add oil to medium heated pan. Add meat pieces and turn frequently until all sides are seared.
  5. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic into the pan. Toss until onion is translucent. 
  6. Transfer everything from pan to the pressure cooker's inner pot.
  7. Fill with potatoes and water. Don't overfill and watch the maximum line. 
  8. Cover and set to SOUP for 25 minutes.
  9. Follow the standard procedure during and after cooking. 
  10. Let stand for a least 30 minutes while release pressure.
  11. Uncover and stir thoroughly. Season to taste with hot sauce or pepper.
Some recipes want you to sautée in the inner pot. But that would ruin the pot's luster. I prefer to use a separate pan, because I used so much oil and trying to cook in a small pot on my first try.