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Pot-In-Pot Cooking


When using the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking method
your food is placed into a separate container before
you place it into the stainless steel inner pot.


-ALWAYS put the inner pot in the Instant Pot.
-ALWAYS add water to the inner pot.
-Place trivet into inner pot.
-Set the container with your food on trivet.
-Seal pot & cook.


There are several reasons for using the PIP method:
-Thick sauces tend to scorch on the bottom of the pot.
-If you don’t want your food watered down or cooked in liquid.
-To keep foods separated when cooking more than one item.
-Convenience / Easy Clean Up
-Personal preference

Some of the foods you can use the PIP method for are:
cheesecake, cake, pudding, custard, breads, quiche,
poached eggs, meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, leftovers.

You can use any container that is “oven safe”.
Oven Safe materials you can use in the Instant Pot include:
stainless steel, aluminum, pyrex, corningware, silicone bakeware.
Some materials conduct heat better than others so you may need
to adjust your cooking time depending on the container you use.

You also want to make sure that your container fits inside the inner pot/liner.
You need to allow room for steam to rise around the container (which doesn’t
require much space), but you’ll also need to allow room for whatever you’ll be
using to remove your container from the pot as it is going to be HOT.
Items you can use to remove hot containers include:
Foil Slings, Silicone Bands, Tongs, Jar Lifters, Silicone Gloves & Hotpads.

Visit these pages for more info & helpful photos:

Collection of PIP Photos

How to Make a Foil Sling

How to Get a Pan Out of a Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Accessories

Instant Pot Recipes & Info

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Pressure Cooker Cookbooks


The cookbooks listed below have gotten good reviews
by members of the Instant Pot Community Group.

Instant Pot Weekday Meals
by Oxmoor House (Approved by Instant Pot)

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Sara Quessenberry & Kate Merker (Approved by Instant Pot)

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laurel Randolph (Approved by Instant Pot)

Instant Pot Obsession
by Janet A Zimmerman

Great Food Fast
by Bob Warden

The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book
by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Everyday Instant Pot
by Mama Under Pressure

Hip Pressure Cooking
by Laura Pazzaglia

Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laura Pazzaglia

The New Fast Food
by Jill Nussinow

Vegan Under Pressure
Jill Nussinow

Vegan Pressure Cooking
by JL Fields

O M Gee Good! Instant Pot Meals, Plant-Based & Oil-Free
by Jill McKeever

Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes
by Vickie Smith

Pressure Cooker Perfection
by America’s Test Kitchen

Comfortable Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

Delicious Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

The Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Janet A Zimmerman

So Fast, So Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger

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Instant Pot Terminology


Abbreviations & Terms used in the “Instant Pot Community” Facebook Group

IP = Instant Pot

PC = Pressure Cooker

EPC = Electric Pressure Cooker

QR = Quick Release
Open valve & release steam quickly

NR = Natural Release
Leave valve closed & allow pressure to drop on it’s own.

NPR = Natural Pressure Release
(same as Natural Release)

10 min NPR = Let pressure drop on it’s own for 10 minutes,
then open valve to release remaining steam.

HP = High Pressure

Trivet = the metal rack that goes in the bottom
of your pot to keep food out of the liquid.

Seal / Ring = Silicone sealing ring for lid.

Pin = Float Valve. Silver or Red (8qt) pin in lid
that pops up when the pot pressurizes.

Handle / Vent / Knob = Steam Release. Handle on
lid that you turn to either Sealing or Venting.

Shield = Anti-Block Shield. Metal cover over the
steam release valve (inside the lid).

PIP = Pot In Pot. Food is put in pan/bowl
before putting in Instant Pot.

Sling = Aluminum foil strip used to remove
pans when using the Pot-In-Pot method.

HBE = Hard Boiled Egg

6-6-6 = method for cooking hard boiled eggs.
6 minute cook time-6 minute natural pressure
release-6 minutes in ice bath.

Fat Daddio = Brand name for springform & push pans.

Grifiti Bands/Big Ass Bands = Brand of large rubber bands
used to remove pans when using Pot-In-Pot method.

Nut Bag = Reusable Nylon mesh bag for straining yogurt.

Pothead = Instant Pot user


 A Few Helpful Links:

Pot-in-Pot Cooking

Info For IP Beginners

Instant Pot Accessories

Instant Pot Info & Recipes

Which Instant Pot Button to Use

How to Get a Pan Out of the Pressure Cooker

Quick Pressure Release or Natural Pressure Release

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