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How to cook 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied)? [pressure cooker or oven]?

Thank you everyone for the helpful information.

It turned out great in my pressure cooker:

3 pounds lamb,

5 cups water (my model looses lots of water, so I need that much to ensure it doesn't run dry. if you have a newer model I'm sure you can use less water).

I brought to pressure, then cooked on high for 45 minutes. It was 150 degrees (a bit too rare fore me). I cooked it for another 10 minutes and it got to 190 degrees.

I took it out, put on cutting board (I did not cover with tin foil because I want cool if down and I can freeze portions soon (it's 10:30pm and I want to go to bed).

Anyway, it is DELICIOUS !!! I'd say it's falling off the bone good, but there is no bone. But the from the tiny bit I nibbled off the end (I simply could not wait to try it), it is awesome!

Next time, I'll just do 55 minutes straight through.

AWESOME!!

Thanks everyone!!

Mike

Mar 29, 2014
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How to cook 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied)? [pressure cooker or oven]?

Thanks for the tip about keeping it tied. My co-worked just called me back and said the exact same thing: it will dry out.

He's not a pressure cooker fan and always encourages me to use the oven.

Because it's already 6:22pm, and because I don't often have 3.5 hours to cook dinner, I might toss it in the pressure cooker for 45 minutes and see how it turns out. I'm generally not fussy and would like to perfect a quicker cook-time method.

I will, however, keep it intact and not cut it open!

Thanks for saving me from that mistake!

Novice cook in Philly,
Mike

Mar 29, 2014
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How to cook 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied)? [pressure cooker or oven]?

Thanks Gio.

I haven't opened it yet, but does that fact that it says rolled, and is tied, does that mean it's pieces?

If I cut it before cooking (aside from perhaps it falling apart into pieces), how much less cooking time might that take?

I'm assuming this lamb which is form New Zealand is grass fed. I'm looking for a good source of good fat, so I'm not upset if the meat cooks in the fat (so rack method is not essential to my process).

Thanks for any thoughts,
Mike

Mar 29, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

How to cook 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied)? [pressure cooker or oven]?

I see lots of references to bone-in leg of lamb, but I'm not finding info on boneless rolled roasts which are tied.

Mar 29, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

How to cook 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied)? [pressure cooker or oven]?

I made a spontaneous purchase decision: a 3 pound boneless lamb shoulder roast (tied). It is shaped like a cylinder 7" long, and a diameter of about 5.5 inches.

I own a pressure cooker, but I also own an oven.

I have no idea how to cook this thing. And, I'm starving :-)

Any quick tips would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike

Mar 29, 2014
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Need to wash off chicken pieces before cooking?

Thanks everyone!

And thanks Janniecooks. Funny: an idea pops into my head and for some crazy reason, I think I'm the only to ever have thought to ask it!

Mike

Mar 08, 2014
mike2401 in General Topics

Need to wash off chicken pieces before cooking?

I purchased boneless skinless organic chicken thighs. Do I need to wash each individually before tossing in the pan? (Years ago I used to do that just to clean them). Then I thought: these are raw dead chicken pieces: how clean can they be? That's why we cook them, to kill the germs. Now I just toss the package in the pan and cook. Is that ok?

Thanks,
Mike

Mar 07, 2014
mike2401 in General Topics

Shelf-Life Butter-Nut Squash? Found one from 5 months ago: seems ok.

Thanks everyone. I just cut it open and it seemed ok.

However, I cooked it in the microwave, so it came out different than how I remembered I liked it (in the pressure cooker).

Since I'm so squeamish about old food, and it didn't taste awesome, I decided not to eat the portion of cooked.

I think I will cook it for my partner who eats anything and see if there are any objections. It pays to have food testers :-)

Thanks again,
Mike

Dec 04, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics

Shelf-Life Butter-Nut Squash? Found one from 5 months ago: seems ok.

Shelf-Life Butter-Nut Squash? Found one from 5 months ago: seems ok.

Somehow, I lost track of a butternut squash I purchased about 5 months ago. I seems ok (no soft spots, no visible signs of deterioration).

I didn't cut into it yet, but if it look ok, is it ok to eat?

It frightens me: seems to have the shelf life of a twinkie!

Thanks,

Mike

Dec 04, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics

Raw goat milk in Philly?

To be perfectly honest, I expected to get a bunch of responses suggesting that I was a nut for drinking raw goats milk. I'm delighted to have found a safe source of it, as well as the friendly helpful reply. Thanks again! Mike

Nov 29, 2013
mike2401 in Philadelphia
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Raw goat milk in Philly?

Gina, you rock!

Thanks for the link.

I guess I never noticed the raw goat milk there because I was into raw cow milk.

This solves both my objectives: avoiding A1 cow milk, and avoiding pasteurization.

Sometimes, the answer is right in your own back yard!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mike

Nov 27, 2013
mike2401 in Philadelphia

Raw goat milk in Philly?

I buy raw cows milk at Reading Terminal's Fair Food stand.

I'd like to transition to raw goat milk after reading the book: Devil in the Milk (which talks about A1 vs A2 beta casein protein).

http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Milk-Illn...

Any thoughts or tips??

Thanks,
Mike in Center City Philly

Nov 27, 2013
mike2401 in Philadelphia

Chicken breast: excess liquid remaining [pic]

I just got home and want to thank everyone for the comments, very interesting!

Mike

Jul 13, 2013
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Chicken breast: excess liquid remaining [pic]

I'll definitely try browning, then "steaming" with the lid-on, stove-top. I'm generally in such a hurry, I don't like to fire-up the oven. However, I recently discovered the brown-on-stove-top then bake @ 375 for pork tenderloin, and that comes out great!

Mike

Jul 13, 2013
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Chicken breast: excess liquid remaining [pic]

I think I may have ended up with too much liquid after cooking my chicken breasts stove top (covered) for 24 minutes to 165 degrees.

Should I have browned them first? Would that have locked in the juices?

I recently discovered the searing/browning thing when cooking pork tenderloin. Recently, when I skipped the browning step, I likewise ended up with lots of juices not in the meat.

Might that be the same thing going on here with my chicken breast?

Thanks for any tips,
Mike

Jul 13, 2013
mike2401 in Home Cooking

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

Just as an update: the company says it's bpa free on the lid.

I used it for the first time today on a car ride:

it fit in my cup holder, and I really liked the auto-sealing feature.

I see why it was top rated on amazon.

Mike

Jul 06, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

But in all seriousness, best practices for food safety (or other types of safety) should not be dismissed because failure to adhere doesn't always result in harm.

It's like boasting that you smoke cigarettes while pumping gas, and you've never exploded. Failure to explode doesn't mean that it's advisable to smoke while fueling!

Mike

Jul 06, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

Let me tell you how much it took to get me drinking raw milk!

Nonetheless, and in the spirit of paranoia loves company, the Contigo company also suggests not using spoil-able bevs in their mugs for all day sipping.

Mike

Jul 06, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this sweet potato safe to eat? [pic]

'a couple of inches a day': scary. It sounds ALIVE!

Jul 06, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics

Is this sweet potato safe to eat? [pic]

Thanks.

I live in the city and only have a few pots (not huge). I have the impression that these require lots of under-ground room.

Mike

Jul 05, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I don't have any babies so I'm looking out for #1 :-)

Mike

Jul 05, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Is this sweet potato safe to eat? [pic]

(not that I'm going to, because it looks scary to me, but I'm just curious)

Thx

Mike

Jul 05, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I'm always too anxious to have spoil-able beverages in an insulated mug all day long (even though the ice-cube remains).

I got an infrared thermometer gun, and though I didn't take any readings yet, I'm sure it's not in the safety temperature zone (especially in & around the lid and rim).

(Not trying to gross you out, but it seems like a fertile place for bacteria to multiply throughout the day).

Mike

Jul 05, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I was concerned about the rubber/plastic lid that you sip the water through.

Their customer service indicated that it is bpa free. (Odd they don't say it on the amazon description of that product, but they do on others.

Hmm.

Jul 05, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I really hope the adult version is BPA free too. I will call them tomorrow (they are closed today for the 4th holiday)

Jul 04, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I think you're right about the 5" being a problem.

I'm just sick of my magic bullet containers leaking when I shake my milk !!!

I just purchased this for my water drinking (arrived today):

http://www.amazon.com/Contigo-AUTOSEA...

Sadly, I forgot to check if it's BPA free; I just emailed the mfg. If not (it may become a gift ! ) I really like the spill proof'ness

Jul 03, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

No answers :-(

I guess I'm being too fussy :-(

Jul 03, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Raw Milk in Center City Philadelphia?

I've settled in on Wholesome Dairy's Brand Raw Milk at Reading Terminal.

I actually got to meat the raw milk farmer at the convention center food festival and again at the reading terminal open house.

I have a good vibe and feel comfortable buying that brand.

Mike

Jul 02, 2013
mike2401 in Philadelphia
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Best Smoothie Travel Mug? (easy to clean, bpa free, dishwasher safe, not too tall)

I presently use the cups which came with my magic bullet blender to transport my raw milk smoothies to work.

I'm looking for a solution which is bpa free, easy to clean, dishwasher safe, doesn't leak, not too tall (under 5.5 inches so it can fit in the fridge at work), and one that doesn't have handles so it can fit in the found cup holder in my car should I want to consume it on the go.

Because the milk is not homogenized, I need to shake it before drinking. The magic bullet lids don't have any gaskets and leak when shaken).

I recently got a double-hulled stainless steel water bottle which I love! Unfortunately, it's too tall, the mouth isn't big enough to clean out for liquids other than water, and it has a foam base which is great to protect furniture, but renders it not dishwasher safe. BTW, generally speaking, are double-hulled mugs ever dishwasher safe due to the high temperatures of the dishwasher?

So, with all those constraints, any suggestions?

Thanks,
Mike

PS if this isn't the correct section of chow hound, please accept my apologies (cookware, drink-ware: it all gets confusing to me!)

Jul 01, 2013
mike2401 in Cookware

Pink pork tenderloin safe to eat?

I did (not the twit comments). He took it in good nature.

Jun 04, 2013
mike2401 in General Topics
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