Wondering what is the metal rack that comes with instant pot? It’s the Instant Pot trivet! In this Instant Pot Guide, we’re going to show you how to use Instant Pot trivet, what is a trivet used for, and share some useful tips on how to cook with the Trivet in Instant Pot.
An Instant Pot trivet is a stainless steel rack that holds food or food containers above the liquid in the inner pot.
The instant pot trivet with handles has two metal hinges on the sides. They act as handles for you to lift the trivet with the cooked food or containers out of the Instant Pot.
This tool is particularly useful for steaming, pressure-steaming, and cooking with the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) method.
Does Instant Pot come with a trivet?
Yes. All current Instant Pot models come with a stainless steel trivet steamer rack. The official trivet for Instant Pot comes in different designs (as shown in the photo below). Some trivets have handles, while others may not, but their basic function is the same.
What is a trivet used for?
You can use a trivet in Instant Pot to cook a wide variety of dishes such as cheesecakes, lasagna, ribs, bread, vegetables, and pot-in-pot rice. It’s also great for preserving more nutrients and retaining more flavors.
Steaming on a trivet is one of the best cooking methods for retaining vitamin C content in vegetables. In this study, researchers have found steaming will retain up to 40% more vitamin C when compared to boiling.
Since water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C can leach into the cooking liquid, it’s best to steam the vegetables on a trivet to retain more nutrients. Unless you’re drinking the cooking liquid as well!
3) Retain more flavor
Putting meat on a trivet can prevent some of the meat flavors from leeching into the plain liquid, unless the cooking liquid is well seasoned or will be consumed with the meat.
For example, in our easy Instant Pot Ribs Recipe, we placed the baby back ribs on a steamer rack because the cooking liquid is mainly just water.
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