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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, rice, quiche,
poached eggs, meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, leftovers.

Instant Pot says you can use any container that is labeled “Oven Safe”.
This includes containers made from metal, silicone, ceramic & glass.

NOTE: With any ceramic or glass material there is a risk of breakage
even if it is labeled as “Oven Safe”. They can even break in the oven.
Many people use Pyrex, CorningWare, Anchor Hocking & canning jars
in the Instant Pot without any problems, but USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
If you decide to use oven-safe glassware be careful to avoid thermal shock:
Do not set a cold dish/jar on a hot surface; or hot dish/jar on a cold surface.
Do not set a dish/jar directly on the bottom of the pot, set it on a trivet/rack.
Also, do not use if you see any cracks or chips in your dish or jar.

Some materials conduct heat better than others so you may need
to adjust your cooking time depending on the container you use.
You usually need to add a few minutes cook time when cooking
with the Pot In Pot method, especially when using silicone.

You also want to make sure that your container fits inside the inner pot/liner.
You need a 1/2 inch clearance around your container to allow steam to rise.
You also need to allow room for whatever you’ll be using to remove your
container from the pot as it is going to be VERY HOT when you open the pot.
Items you can use to remove hot containers include:
Foil Slings, Silicone Bands, Steam Racks w/Handles, Silicone Gloves/Hot Pads.

Visit these pages for more info & helpful photos:

VIDEO: Pot in Pot Cooking by Urvashi Pitre

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 are either Approved by Instant Pot or have
gotten good reviews by members of the Instant Pot Community Group.

Great Food Fast
by Bob Warden

Instant Pot Italian
by Ivy Manning

Instant Pot Obsession
by Janet A Zimmerman

I Love My Instant Pot
by Michelle Fagone

The New Fast Food
by Jill Nussinow

Vegan Under Pressure
by Jill Nussinow

Hip Pressure Cooking
by Laura Pazzaglia

Instant Loss Cookbook
by Brittany Williams

Vegan Pressure Cooking
by JL Fields

The Instant Pot Cookbook
by Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Indian Instant Pot Cooking
by Urvashi Pitre

The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook
by Urvashi Pitre

Instant Pot Weekday Meals
by Oxmoor House

Everyday Instant Pot
by Mama Under Pressure

Pressure Cooker Perfection
by America’s Test Kitchen

Comfortable Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

Delicious Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

175 Best Instant Pot Recipes
by Marilyn Haugen

Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot
by Jennifer Robins

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook
by Coco Morante

Cooking with Your Instant Pot Mini
by Heather Schlueter

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

The Instant Pot Bible
by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

The Instant Pot Baby Food Cookbook
-Barbara Schieving / Jennifer Schieving McDaniel

The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook
by Mark Sisson

The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook
by Laurel Randolph

The Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Janet A Zimmerman

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Barbara Schieving

Master the Electric Pressure Cooker
by Marci Buttars & Cami Graham

This Old Gal’s Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Jill Selkowitz

So Fast, So Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger

The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook for Two
-Janet A Zimmerman

Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laura Pazzaglia

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

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laurel Randolph

The Official Instant Pot Ultimate Cooking Time Guide
by Chris Stevens

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

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes
by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong / Nom Nom Paleo

Instant Pot Miracle: From Gourmet to Everyday, 175 Must-Have Recipes
by The Editors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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