How to Pressure Cook Pig Feet

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In culinary terms, pig feet are the feet and ankles of a hog. Pig feet are rich in gelatin, collagen, protein, minerals and vitamins. Although used worldwide, in America they are most commonly used in soul food and Southern cooking. Because they contain bone, sinews and cartilage, they must be cooked vigorously. Traditionally, they were boiled for three to four hours. A pressure cooker will cook pig feet in thirty-five minutes. Since the pressure cooker uses steam cooking, the meat retains its flavour and nutrients. Once cooked, pig feet are most often pickled or used in soups and stews.

Thoroughly wash the pig feet in water. Remove any bristles between the toes with a sharp knife or razor. Dry with paper towel.

Place the pig feet on cutting board and cut each one in half lengthwise with a butcher's knife.

Place the pig feet in pressure cooker. Add just enough water or stock to almost cover the pig feet. Add salt and any vegetables and spices with which you might want to flavour the pork.

Lock the lid in place, and bring the cooker up to high pressure, according to the instructions for your brand and model of cooker. Cook for 35 minutes.

When cooked, remove the pig feet from the cooker with a slotted spoon, since the meat will be falling off the bone.

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