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, 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.
Listed below are items that can be used with the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Any item that is “Oven Safe” can be used in the Instant Pot. You can use the following materials in your Instant Pot: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Non-Stick Bakeware, Silicone Bakeware, and Oven Safe Glassware.
The other consideration is “Will it Fit?”. The 5 and 6 Quart inner pots are the same width, the size difference is in the height of the pots. The inner width of the pot is 8.5″. You’ll need to allow a little extra room to get your items in & out of the pot. As a general rule 7 1/2″ wide items should fit without any problem. Anything larger than that and it becomes “iffy” on whether it will fit, especially if there is a rim or hinge on the item.
**Items listed below will fit into the 5 and 6 quart Instant Pot. The inner dimensions of the new 8qt pot are 9.5″ wide by 7″ high so you can go about an inch wider with the 8 qt pot.
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