3 Quart Instant Pot Tips

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But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

do you have a 3 quart mini Instant Pot? Today I’m showing you how to adjust recipes that are written for the 6 or 8 quart Instant Pots to the 3 quart mini Instant Pot.

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Some things to consider when adapting recipes for the 3 quart mini Instant Pot:

If you have a 3 quart mini you may have no choice but to halve certain recipes. make sure you have enough liquid. You’ll need about 1 cup of liquid for the 3 quart Instant Pot to come to pressure. As always, a portion of this liquid can come from the ingredients themselves. If the recipe is meant to be steamed with a steamer basket – just use the minimum liquid requirement under the steamer basket for the cooker to build pressure. If the recipe contains rice or grains – the liquid ratio needs to remain the same. What that means is if you halve a recipe, you should halve the liquid. However, keep in mind that the liquid cannot go below the minimum required liquid for the pot to come to pressure.

make sure you do not overfill your pot. do not fill the inner pot higher than 2/3 full. When cooking foods that expand or foam such as rice or beans or pasta, do not fill the appliance over half full.

For the 3 quart mini Instant Pot:

Half full = 6 cups
2/3 full = 8 cups
Max 2 cups of dried beans + 4 cups liquid
Max 2 cups of dry rice + 3 cups liquid
Max 3.5 pounds of meat + 1 cup liquid
Max 7 cups vegetables + 1 cup liquid

The Instant Pot Mini 3 Quart has a working pressure of 10.1psi (pressure per square inch). The other models and sizes of Instant Pot operate at 11.6psi. The pressure difference is not that big of a deal for most recipes. However the 3 quart pot also takes a shorter amount of time to reach pressure and to release pressure. These differences are most apparent in longer-cooking foods such as whole grains or tough meats (i.e. barley and pork butt roast). You might need to add anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes to the pressure cooking time for specific recipes.


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