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Make It Now:
Freeze For Later:
Method 1 (Uncooked): Follow Steps 1 and 2 in the recipe. Let the sauce cool and then add to a one gallon freezer bag or pressure cooker-shaped container with lid. Season the beef liberally with salt and pepper on all sides and add to the bag or container, along with the bay leaf and potatoes. (Note: Make sure the potatoes are completely submerged in the liquid to avoid browning.) Seal, toss gently to combine, and freeze in the shape of the Instant Pot. Tip: Set the freezer bag in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours to help it freeze in the shape of the pressure cooker.
Method 2 (Fully Cooked): Fully cook and cool the stew. Add to a one gallon freezer bag or pressure cooker-shaped container with lid, seal tightly, and freeze in the shape of the Instant Pot. Tip: Set the freezer bag in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours to help it freeze in the shape of the pressure cooker.
Prepare from Frozen:
Method 1 (Uncooked): Saute the frozen meal in the IP for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Follow Steps 4-5 in the recipe. (The frozen meat will cook the same amount of time as from fresh.)
Method 2 (Fully Cooked): Saute the frozen meal in the IP for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes with a quick release of pressure. If not fully warmed through, cook for 1-2 more minutes.
*Gluten-Free Version: Use coconut aminos or gluten-free Tamari soy sauce in place of the soy sauce. Do not add the flour at the beginning of the recipe. Instead, thicken the stew by using arrowroot powder right after Step 4 (before Step 5). To do so, in a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons arrowroot with 2 tablespoons water until smooth. Stir this into the stew. (It will thicken up shortly.) Then, follow Step 5.
Where We Get Our Beef: We both have been getting our grass-fed, grass-finished beef from ButcherBox for years. Read Rachel’s honest review of this meat subscription service and find their latest deal here.