As you get more comfortable using your Instant Pot, you will find that you nearly any recipe can converted for the pressure cooker. Often times though you will need to use what is known as the Pot-in-Pot Method which literally means cooking in a separate pot inside of your IP liner (ever wonder what that trivet was for?). There are lots of accessories out there made specifically for pressure cooking. However, as long as the material of the accessory you have is suitable for high temperature cooking, there is no end to the different bowls and pots and pans you can use.
Some of the best places to find accessories that don’t cost an arm and leg, are Homegoods, Marshalls, Walmart, and my restaurant supply store. But one of the most frustrating things is never knowing if the cool bundt pan I find will actually fit in my Instant Pot. Here is a great idea I came up with to keep your from having to carry around your IP Pot wherever you go.
Perfect Instant Pot Template
-Trivet that came with your Instant Pot
1.Place the trivet on the paper with the legs of the trivet folded over. Trace around the trivet with a pen.
2. Cut out the circle you drew. If you have more then one size Instant Pot, make sure to label each template so you know which size corresponds with what pot.
It’s going to happen no matter how much you try and avoid it. At some point you are going to accidentally pour water into your Instant Pot without the liner being in. I’ve done it even though I have what I thought were full proof ways to avoid it.
You are going to cry, but it will be ok…..maybe. The best advice is to quickly unplug it and let it dry. But that can seem so passive and if you are like me, your anxiety will set in and you will feel like you just aren’t doing enough to save your best friend, um…I mean your IP.
So, I wanted to share my homemade contraption to help dry out your IP and hopefully get it working again.
Homemade Contraption to Dry Your Wet Instant Pot
by Lana Horruitiner-Perez
-2 cookie cooling racks
-2 shoe boxes or stack of books
-1 small fan
-Place a cooling rack somewhere near a plug and in an out of the way place in your home. (In the picture I used a folded dog crate underneath. Anything that will allow air to flow.)
-Place the fan facing up on the rack so when turned on the air will blow upwards.
-Place the 2 shoe boxes (or stacks of books) on either side of the fan.
-Place the second cooling rack on top of the shoe boxes. Make sure it is not touching the fan.
-Place the Instant Pot on top of the cookie sheet sot he air from the fan will blow through he mechanism.
-Turn the fan on and leave it for 48 to 72 hours.
*Here are some tips to help keep it from happening…..as often. 🙂
- When the liner is not in the Instant Pot, place the cord and the trivet in the pot. This way you can’t turn on the pot without the cord and it will hopefully remind you that the liner is not in it.
- Always keep your IP unplugged until right before you are going to cook.
- Worse comes to worse, buy an extra liner so when one is soaking or drying after cleaning, you can put the second one inside so there is always a liner in the IP.