Pot-In-Pot Cooking

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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.

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Step-by-Step:
-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.

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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

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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

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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

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 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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60 EASY Pressure Cooker Recipes

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Chicken:

Crack Chicken

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Whole Roasted Chicken

Instant Pot Insta-Chicken

Buffalo Style Chicken Wings

Honey Garlic Chicken & Carrots

Beef:

Beef Stew

BBQ Beef Ribs

Mongolian Beef

Classic Pot Roast & Potatoes

Meatloaf w/Potatoes & Carrots

Southern Tangy Pulled Roast Beef

Pork:

Easy BBQ Ribs

Hawaiian Kalua Pork

Pork Chops & Celery Rice

Pressure Cooker Pork Roast

Pressure Cooker Sweet Pork

Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

Pasta:

Mac n Cheese

One Pot Meat Spaghetti

One Pot Penne & Meatballs

Lasagna in a Pressure Cooker

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Chicken & Bow Tie Pasta Alfredo

Soup:

Beef Barley Soup

Easy Broccoli Soup

Easy 9-Bean Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Sausage & Tortellini Soup

Cream of Tomato Rice Soup

Legumes:

Pinto Beans

Black Beans

Baked Beans

White Beans + Ham Shank

Ham Hocks & Black Eyed Peas

Rice:

Easy Spanish Rice

Mushroom & Garlic Risotto

Pressure Cooker White Rice

Pressure Cooker Brown Rice

Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice

Potatoes:

“Baked” Potatoes

Sweet Potato Puree

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Lipton Onion Soup Potatoes

Veggies:

Corn on the Cob

Spaghetti Squash

Steamed Broccoli

Mashed Cauliflower

Honey Ginger Carrots

Dessert:

Apple Crisp

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Instant Pot Boxed Cake Mix

Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding

Misc:

Homemade Yogurt

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Homemade Applesauce

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

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More Recipes At: “Instant Pot Recipes & Info”

Instant Pot Accessories

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.

Pans:

Image1Cooks Essentials Round Pressure Cooker Dessert Pans

image1Imusa Flan Mold, 1.5qt

image1 Ekovana Stainless Steel Steamer Insert

Image47PushPan 6″ x 2″ Cake Pan

image44Fat Daddio’s 6″ x 3″ Cheesecake Pan

Image3Fat Daddio’s 7″ x 3″ Cheesecake Pan

Image7Fat Daddio’s 7″ Round Cake Pan

Image45Fat Daddio’s Ring Mold Pan 7 1/8″ Top x 6 1/2″ Bottom

Image40Fat Daddio’s 6″ Springform Pam

ipspringform Instant Pot Springform Cake Pan

Image2Nordic Ware 7″ Leakproof Springform Pan

Image5Wilton 6″ Springform Pan

Image6Mrs Anderson’s 4-1/2″ Mini Fluted Pan

Image43Wilton 4″ Heart Springform Pan

Image34Nordic Ware 6 Cup Bundt Pan

image5Wilton 6″ x 2″ Square Pan

iploafpan Instant Pot Springform Loaf Pan

Image4Wilton Mini Loaf Pans 5.75 x 3″

Image878″ Silicone Muffin Pan

Steamers/Strainers:

Image8  OXO Stainless Steamer w/Extendable Handle

Image9Sunsella Vegetable Steamer

Image38Stainless Steel Steamer Rack

Image42Stainless Steel Steamer Rack

Image1007″ Stainless Steaming Rack

steam-rackInstant Pot Steam Rack

image29 Instant Pot Silicone Trivet

Image10OXO Silicone Steamer, Green

Image49Trudeau Silicone Steamer w/Handles

Image11Silicone Vegetable Steamer

ipsteamer Instant Pot Steamer Basket

accessories Instant Pot Official Steamer Insert Set

image32Secura Steam Rack Basket Set

Image12RSVP Endurance Mesh Basket (remove handles)

Image35HIC Stainless Steel Mesh Colander, 8″

image5Ikea Stainless Steel Inserts

Image70    3 Piece, 8″ Bamboo Steamer

Bowls/Dishes:

Image13Pyrex 7 Cup Glass Dish

Image89Anchor Hocking 1qt Bowl, Set of 6

Image36Anchor Hocking 20oz Casserole

Image14Marinex Glass Dish 6-3/4″ x 4-1/4″

Image15Pyrex 6oz Custard Cups, Set of 4

Image16CorningWare 7oz Ramekins

Image19Norpro 4oz Ramekins, Set of 6

Image37Silicone Egg Poacher Cups, 4 Pack

Image21Fox Run 1.25qt Stainless Bowl

Image22Tovolo 1.5qt Stainless Bowl

Image88Mason Cash Enamour Steam Bowl, 1qt

Miscellaneous:

6qtInnerPot6 qt Inner Pot

Image64 8 qt Inner Pot

image16qt Ceramic Non-Stick Inner Pot

IPsealInstant Pot Sealing Ring (5 & 6 qt)

Image16Instant Pot Sealing Ring (8 qt)

image5Instant Pot Colored Sealing Rings (5 & 6 qt)

Image419″ Instant Pot Glass Lid (5 & 6 qt)

image310″ Instant Pot Glass Lid (8 qt)

Image33Instant Pot Silicone Cover (5 & 6 qt)

condensation-cupInstant Pot Condensation Cup

Image24Instant Pot Silicone Mini Mitts

Image23Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves

Image25Grifiti Silicone Bands-20pk, Assorted Sizes

Image26Grifiti Big Ass Bands-9″, 5 Pack

Image29Stainless Steel Plate Tongs

Image30 Stainless Steel Folding Plate Tongs

Image31Norpro Jar Lifter

Image27  Large Scoop Strainer

yogurt-cups  Instant Pot Yogurt Cups

Image27Euro Cuisine Yogurt Strainer

Image28Nut Milk Bag (for straining yogurt)

Image41 Pint Ball Mason Jar w/Lid

Ball4ozBall 4oz Jelly Jars-Set of 12

Kerr8ozKerr 8oz Wide Mouth Jars-12

Image39Foam Brushes (to clean pot rim)

Image32Instant Pot Online Store: IPs & Accessories

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