How to use the steamer rack of an Instant pot?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, how to use the instant pot steamer rack?’. We will discuss the correct way to place the steamer rack and a couple of methods to use it.

How to use the steamer rack of an Instant pot?

To use the steamer rack of an instant pot, place the rack in and put food on it, then, add water. 

The instant pot steamer rack is called a trivet. The trivet holds food so that it does not submerge in the liquid below.

The trivet comes in various designs some of which have handles. The two handles help to lift the cooked food out. For cooking procedures such as steaming, pressure steaming, and cooking; the feature is useful. 

Trivet in the instant pot aids when cooking lasagna, ribs, vegetables, rice. 

Steaming is an efficient cooking process especially for vegetables because it retains most of vitamin C. As vegetables are not in contact with water or oil, the soluble vitamins can not move out of the vegetable. Cooking on the trivet also retains more flavor.

How to place the trivet inside the cooking pot?

The correct way to place the trivet inside the cooking pot is to place the trivet upside down with the handles facing upwards. The handles must not be used as legs because they are not strong enough.

How to cook with the trivet inside the cooking pot?

In the pot, you need to add some liquid, however, be sure not to add more than a cup. 250 ml of water is usually enough for steam cooking.

To use the instant pot for pressure steaming, use the following method:

  1. In the pot, place a cup of water and set the trivet inside.
  2. Put your food which needs to be steamed on top of the trivet and shut the lid.
  3.   Switch the venting knob to the sealing position.
  4. To turn the pressure cooker cycle on, press the manual button and set the cooking time.
  5. After it is finished cooking, release the pressure by switching to the venting option.
  6. Open the lid.

To use the Instant Pot in Pot Method, follow the procedure below:

The Pot in Pot Method is used to heat food that has thick liquids. 

  1. Put a cup of water in the inner pot.
  2. Put food in an oven-safe bowl.
  3. Now place the bowl or container on the trivet and shut the lid.
  4. Switch to sealing position.
  5. Start the pressure cook and set the time.
  6. After it is done, release the pressure.

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Let us discuss some general aspects of an instant pot and how it works:

Instant pots combine a pressure cooker and a slow cooker for ease of use. Having multiple cooking appliances together is helpful as it occupies less space in the kitchen. It cooks your food for the right amount of time; not too little or not too much. The temperature sensors inside keep track of the status of food and shut themselves off before food gets a chance to burn.

The instant pot takes around 10 minutes to create pressure; the exact time depends on the quantity and temperature of the food. 

The time at which you set the pressure cooker is set off not as same as the time that you set. Initially, the pressure builds up and the timer is set off after that. Before an instant pot pressurizes, you need to preheat it.

You can hasten the cooking process when you cook meat by using the pressure cooker feature. However, for vegetables, you will need to use a quick pressure release to prevent them from getting overcooked.

After the pressure-cooking cycle completes, you can now commence the natural pressure release which could take anywhere between 5-30 minutes which depends on the quantity of water in the pot.

After 5 minutes, the instant pot beeps again a few times. The instant pot then switches to warming mode and the ascending numbers begin to appear. An L will appear next to the number after the cook cycle has ended.

If a recipe calls for natural release wait for the release time-lapse then shift to the venting position. Let the steam and pressure release completely and drop down the valve. Open the lid slowly facing away from your face.

Natural pressure release happens when the cook cycle ends, and the steam escapes. The natural pressure release will occur 10-20 minutes after the instant pot completes its cycle.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘how to use the instant pot steamer rack?’. We discussed the correct way to place the steamer rack and a couple of methods to use it.