Cooking A Whole Chicken In An Instant Pot

Have you heard of an Instant Pot?  This pot has become my favorite appliance in the kitchen.  I love it for a few reasons.  I purchased an Instant Pot with 7 features (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté/browning, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer) and feel I could eliminate a few appliance on the counter with just this one.  With the warm season upon us, we have utilized the Instant Pot instead of the oven.  I love how FAST this pot cooks everything.  Cooking a whole chicken is very quick, simple and easy to do!  In the past two weeks, we have used our instant pot to make stews (grabbing frozen meat and having a meal ready in 30 minutes is AMAZING), bone broths (cooks in two hours what I spent cooking for 2 days) and steaming vegetables.  The Instant Pot continues to amaze me!

This recipe is for how to cook a whole chicken in an instant pot.  If you do not have an instant pot, but a pressure cooker it will still work.  However, your process for getting the pressure will be different, please follow your pot instructions.  The cook time should be the same.

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Rendering Beef Tallow

Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I do.  This is at the top of my list!  I think I might have rolled my eyes in college if I heard someone was rendering beef tallow.  I would have probably thought they were crazy and ridiculous for doing it.  However, one can not judge until they try it.

I decided to make beef tallow after talking with our farmer.  She mentioned how great it is for frying up vegetables.  With our grass-fed cow, we got 8 bags of frozen tallow pieces.  This butcher took the tallow through the processor to make mini-fat pieces.  This is great for those who enjoy ‘crackle’.  ‘Crackle’ is very crunchy beef fat cooked until it dries up and turns brown.  We use ‘crackle’ on top of our salads to give it a crunch.  Or my husband enjoys it plan out of the storage container.  I recommend only rendering tallow from an animal whom you know the farmer.  Animals store their injections in their fat.  If you have a cow which was injected with growth hormones, you will be consuming them through the rendering of the animal fat.  Another reason to buy local!

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Beef tallow has many health benefits.  The fat from grass-fed cows should contain omega-3 and omega-6.  It is also great for providing our brain with nutrients.  Some people think if they eat fat, they will get fat….WRONG!  Tallow is one of the purest fats you can consume.  You can buy it from companies who charge a pretty penny or you can make your own.

What do you use tallow for?  We use tallow as oil.  This means, we fry vegetables in it.  It makes amazing fried sweet potato fries!  I have added it into my morning smoothie for extra fat.  I use it to make pie crusts or bake goods.  Back in the day my grandparents use to cook with lard, beef tallow is lard from a cow.

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