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
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.