Add Liquid When Necessary
When cooking with a pressure cooker there is very little moisture lost, which is why you add only a cup of liquid for each recipe in the Instant Pot. This means that there doesnt need to be a lot of liquid to begin with. Cooking in the Crockpot is very different because its not a sealed environment and the cooking process takes a lot longer.
Make sure you add enough liquidespecially when cooking things like pasta, rice, and meat. This will help avoid dried out or undercooked meals. Also make sure youre not adding too much liquid, so your meal doesnt turn out too watery.
Slow Cooker Liner Tips
While reading reviews of crock pot liners on the internet, there were a ton of positive ones and there were also a small number of people who had some negative things to say about them. Here are the top 3 common problems they were reporting:
- Melted liner
- Plastic smell
All of those sound pretty bad, so to ensure that your slow cooker liner experience is a good one, here are some tips to make your slow cooker experience a success!
Add Ingredients To Your Slow Cooker In Steps Based On How Long They Take To Cook
“Add ingredients in stages the same way you would on the stove. Meat, onions, seasoning, and stock should go in first and cook on low all day. When you get home, turn it up to high and add your veggies or pasta last that way they dont become mush but still get a chance to cook and absorb the flavors.”
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Household Stainless Steel Cooking Ware Steaming Rack Stand
I use this one all the time. The IP comes with a rack, and one with handles, but I like this Instant Pot Trivet better because its taller and it keeps whatever Im cooking out of the water. I can also use this when Im trying to stack things on top, so if Im making a pot-in-pot thing with beans at the bottom and the rice on the top, this higher steamer rack keeps my second item out of the soup at the bottom.
The Quick Way: Pro Tip For Converting From Instant Pot Recipes To Slow Cooker
I try to keep in mind that not everything is meant to be cooked in the crockpot. The same goes for the Instant Pot. Make sure that the recipe you are trying to convert is suitable for the crockpot.
Now for the good stuff: the cheaters path to quickly converting slow cooker recipes.
Find a similar crockpot recipe and use that as a base for your temperature and cooking time base.
A great example is cooking something like my Instant Pot Lasagna. Although my recipe is a healthier alternative you can use a regular crockpot lasagna recipe as a guide for how to layer the lasagna and how long to cook it for.;
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Use Caution With Recipes That Use Dairy Or Flour
Cheesy dishes, cream soups, and dishes that are thickened with flour are not expressly forbidden in the Instant Pot thankfully! But you do want to take care to clean the seals and valves when you are done so that these foods dont get stuck in there. These items are best added during a saute or warming step at the end of the cooking time.
Indigo Nili has a great tip on using the pot in pot method for recipes such as these. This allows you to still use water to create the pressure seal and not the creamy/thickened liquids.
Genuine Instant Pot Silicone Springform Loaf Pan
This silicone loaf pan is one of ther few rectangular pans for the Instant Pot. I find it works well for things that are not entirely liquid, such as meatloaf.For things that are runnier than that, the pan leaks unless you either cover with parchment paper on the inside, or cover with foil on the outside. Also, dont do what I did, which is try to broil in this pan too close to the heat source. It melts under direct high heat.
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Extra Instant Pot Sealing Ring And Silicone Lid
- Pros: Both are dishwasher safe.;Easily stores the pot straight to the fridge!
- Cons: The lid is not a sealing lid, so you wouldnt be able to turn the pot upside down or anything.
- Uses: Easily store leftovers, marinate meats right in the pot for easy and fast cooking like for Kalua Pig, Yogurt, or storing any Instant Pot Soup.
- BUY HERE
Why Use A Slow Cooker Liner
There are many reasons why you may want to use a slow cooker liner, but primarily you probably want them to help with cleaning.
A liner helps with cleaning as it prevents the actual pot from becoming dirty. You can simply serve your food straight out of the liner without ever dirtying the slow cooker pot. This method of keeping your slow cooker clean is excellent if you find yourself having to spend ages soaking or scrubbing the slow cooker.
One great use that I have seen for liners is cooking multiple dishes in one slow cooker. For example, you can have two bags, each with a different slow cooker dish. Its perfect if you want to cook a main and a side but dont have two slow cookers.
Eventually, a slow cooker will develop cracks or scratches to the point that you might worry that it will be leaching unwanted bacteria and chemicals into the food. A liner will stop the food sitting on the crack or scratches, so its the best way to avoid the issue without buying an entire new slow cooker.
One downside to liners is the added cost, as theyre not recommended to be reused. This single-use means for every meal you cook, you will need to use a new liner, adding about forty cents onto every meal.
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A Cooking Liquid: Too Thick/not Enough Liquid
Mistake:;As a new user, its not intuitive on how much cooking liquid to use. If theres not enough cooking liquid;or the liquid is too thick, Instant Pot will not be able to generate enough steam to get up to pressure.
Solutions:;Unless stated otherwise in a recipe
- We recommend new users to use 1 cup of total liquid until they get comfortable with the machine.
- Always add thickener such as cornstarch, flour, arrowroot, or potato starch;after the pressure cooking cycle.
Axe Sicklesilicone Oven Mitts
Best money you will spend to keep your hands from getting burned or spilling your dinner as you try to get it out of the pot. Theyre small, they fit all hand sizes, and they fit inside my flatware drawer. You really dont want to use regular cloth mitts as the water from the IP will permeate through the traditional oven mitts and burn you.
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Silicone Slow Cooker Liners By Mrs Vs Kitchen Review & Giveaway
Do you hate scrubbing your slow cooker when food gets stuck on it? Those plastic slow cooker liner bags are cool and all, but I really dislike the notion of buying one-time-use products that are designed to be used one time and then thrown away.
In the end those bags just end up in the landfill just so I can avoid scrubbing a dirty pot.
Not worth it.
So when Mrs. Vs Kitchen contacted us about a month ago and asked if we would be interested in trying out their reusable Silicone Slow Cooker Liners AND giving away 5 of them to 5 lucky Crock-Pot Ladies readers I was so excited!
So, Mrs. Vs Kitchen sent me 2 of these silicone liners for my slow cooker in the mail and gave me plenty of time to test them out on several recipes.
Euro Cuisine Gy1920 Glass Jars For Yogurt Maker
I have two kinds of jars that I use to make Vietnamese Yogurt or the Smooth Cardamom Yogurt. Of the two, I like this one a little better because the sides of the jars are smooth and so its easier to get the last bit of yogurt out with a spoon. About 5-6 of these fit at one time into my Duo, which leaves about 4-5 more that sit out until the first batch is done.
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Extra Instant Pot Liner
I love having an extra liner for my pots! Oftentimes, Im cooking 2-3 things in my pots and I cant keep up! Especially when Im making yogurt, It is SO nice to be able to put the pot of yogurt in the fridge and still be able to use the Instant Pot with another liner.
- Pros: You can use your IP when the other liner is dirty or being used .
- Cons: More dishes to wash?
- Uses: See Pros
- BUY HERE
Cons Of Crockpot Liner Bags
Most of the following cons to do with crock pot liner bags are environmental concerns. But there are also the $ cost, use problems, and health factors.
1. Single-use plastic bags
The liners are single-use plastic bags, which concerns environmentally conscious folks. Since they are neither recyclable or reuseable, the liners mean more waste going to landfill or ending up as debris in the marine environment.
2. Non-biodegradable material
Given that these are nylon, they are not biodegradable. No form of;nylon;is;biodegradable. So you cant compost these if you are concerned about waste going to landfill.
3. Manufacturing footprint
Slow cooker liners are typically made of heat resistant nylon.
Good On You reports that the making of nylon produces greenhouse gas emissions of nitrous oxide. It uses large amounts of water and substantial amounts of energy.
This is a downside for those wanting to reduce their environmental footprint.
4. Health concerns
There is the concern of plastic chemicals leaching into the food from the slow cooker liner and that this may harm ones health.
Slow cooker liners are typically BPA-free. But still, for some, there exists disquiet about the release and risks of non-BPA chemicals of which the risks and specifics are unknown.
5. Plastic melts
6. The liner bag might tear and leak
Some people complain of the liners leaking.
Some foods, such as chicken bones or fish bones, can pierce the liner creating holes allowing the liquid to leak out into the pot.
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Silicone Pressure Cooking Sling
I would use my blue steamer net for pot-in-pot holder for a while, but this tool is specifically made for pot-in-pot cooking to be able to lift things out of the Instant Pot. My MIL gave this to me for Christmas, and I really enjoy it. I also had a photo using this sling featured on OXOs Instagram page! Whaat!
How To Use Your Instant Pot To Slow Cook
Instant Pots slow cook function works differently than a stand-alone slow cooker. Here I will explain how to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker.
PIN FOR LATER
Ill keep it real with you. I came to the conclusion that while the Instant Pot is great at cooking things fast, if I want to cook low & slow Ill use an actual slow cooker. But I also happen to have 6 slow cookers so I dont need to use my Instant Pot to slow cook. I understand thats not the case for everyone . Have you ever tried to slow cook a beef roast in your Instant Pot only for the roast to be undercooked & the potatoes and vegetables hard? Youre not alone. Its happened to me too. Trust me, when used properly, you can successfully use your Instant Pot to slow cook.
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Use Rice Button For Cooking All Types Of Rice
Mistake: Weve heard some new Instant Pot users have less than satisfactory results with their rice cooked in the Instant Pot using the Rice Button.
Dont be discouraged!
Solution:;Different types of rice require different water to rice ratios&cooking times. For best results, we like to use the Manual Button for most control on Cooking Method & Time.
Here are our Perfect Rice Recipes:
Soak Your Crock Pot Right Away
As soon as dinner is served, you should empty the leftovers from your slow cooker into a different container, and soak your slow cooker right away in the sink. Fill it with water, dish soap, and let it sit for a couple hours or overnight . If you let it sit out the food will dry to it and it will be a whole lot harder to get it clean.
After its been soaking for a while it should be easy to clean. Grab a sponge or a scrubber, put some elbow grease into it and you should be good!
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A New Lid Is The Secret To Slow Cooking In The Instant Pot
Unless youve read the Instant Pot manual cover to cover, you might not know that one of the most important considerations when using the Instant Pot as a slow cooker is the Instant Pots lid. In fact, Instant Pot sells an additional glass lid to aid with slow cooking. The Instant Pots standard lid is designed to tightly seal and keep moisture in, which is great if youre pressure cooking pork shoulder but less so if youre trying to slow cook fruit butter.
Before you use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker, find a replacement lid. You might be able to use the lid of another pot that you have at home or you may need to order one of Instant Pots glass lids, depending on your Instant Pot model. Another tip, taken from an Instant Pot Facebook group, is to open the valve all the way on your Instant Pot lid when slow cooking. This allows some moisture and steam to release and keeps the Instant Pot from overcooking your slow cooker recipes.
Can You Use Slow Cooker Bags In An Instant Pot
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. Similarly, you may ask, how do I use my Instapot as a slow cooker?
Hit your Slow Cooker Function on your Instant Pot and then hit the adjust button to change the setting to normal or high. If you want to cook a recipe like you would on low in a slow cooker, adjust your slow cooker to normal on the slow cooker function and cook for as the recipe calls to cook on low.
Also, is the instant pot a good slow cooker? Absolutely. In fact, it’s one of the appliance’s purposes. The Instant Pot is most often used as an electric pressure cooker but yes, it also has a slow cooker setting.
Correspondingly, can you use oven bags in a pressure cooker?
Yes you can, but I would use an old pillow case instead of an oven bag. An oven bag traps air that is a pour conductor of heat where a pillow case will give more even heating of the casing. The same thing is true with a large Myco-Bag thats been over stuffed with substrate.
What can you not put in a instant pot?
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Use Hot Liquid In A Recipe That Calls For Cold Liquid
Mistake: Some users ran into a problem that all their Instant Pot meals were undercooked. We later found that they always start cooking by pouring hot water into the Instant Pot.
Using hot liquid in a recipe that calls for a cold liquid shortens the overall cooking time, because Instant Pot will take a shorter time to come up to pressure.
Since the food starts to cook when Instant Pot is heating up & going up to pressure, and this part of the cooking time is shortened, the food may come out;undercooked.
Solution: Use cold liquid to cook or adjust the cooking time stated in the recipe accordingly.
Buying An Instant Pot Here’s What You Need To Know
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Over the past few years, Instant Pots have become a staple in small kitchen appliances. Busy parents use them to get dinner on the table in minutes, while batch cookers use them to simplify midweek meals. Some people prefer them for their ability to cook just about everything from pot roast to yogurt. Staying home has become the new norm to help prevent coronavirus from spreading, so you’re probably using your time indoors to cook more and try out new recipes. Alongside summer cooking staples like grills, an Instant Pot is a relatively quick, easy and affordable way to whip up home-cooked meals while under quarantine. Here’s everything you should know about an Instant pot, including how it works, best Instant Pots to buy and more.
A few years ago the idea that people would be cooking in pressure cookers en masse was unthinkable, says Elizabeth Barbone, a cookbook author and the creator of the pressure-cooker blog Cook Fast, Eat Well. Its been really fun to see folks not only embrace it, but to embrace it in different ways.
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