Today I’m sharing some fun new ideas on how to get a pan out of the pressure cooker. When you’re cooking pot in pot in the pressure cooker, you need a sling or helper to easily remove the hot pot after pressure cooking.
The simplest way to remove a pot is using hot pads or oven mitts, but some pans can be difficult to grip. So for years I’ve been using a foil sling to help lift pans and oven safe dishes out of the pressure cooker.
The foil sling works great and I’ll save the foil sling and reuse it several times. But eventually the foil gets discolored and deteriorates. So I decided to explore others options.
The Instant Pot Facebook Community Group has posted lots of different fun gadgets that they’ve used instead of the foil sling. So I bought several of them to test drive. While I had all the gadgets out on the counter and was taking pictures of them, I couldn’t help but think I’ve got gizmos and gadgets a plenty.
The first gadget/idea was my husband’s, as well as a suggestion in the group. Buy a large silicone pastry mat and cut it into strips. I was able to get four strips from one large mat.
The advantage of using the silicone sling is it’s long lasting. It doesn’t discolor or deteriorate like foil. The disadvantage is you can’t crimp the ends together above the pan, so it’s best used when your pan is covered with foil.
The colorful Grifiti Bands Cross Style Silicone Rubber Bands (on the top in the picture above) work well when your pan is not covered with foil. It’s just a little bit tricker to put the bands around the pan when it’s covered with foil, but it can be done. The bands come in different sizes to work with different size pans.
The Plate Retriever Tongs, on the bottom left, work best with a pot that has a rim on it that you can grip and lift.
The Retriever Tongs grip the edge of the pan so you can pull it out. It can be hard to angle it just right if the pot is larger and close to the edge of the inner pot.
When I made my dulce de leche, I used a canning jar lifter which I already had in my drawer. I also like to use the canner jar lifter to take corn on the cob out of the pressure cooker. So look around your house, you may already have kitchen tools that could do double duty and be a great tool to help you get a pan out of the pressure cooker.
If you need recommendations for pressure cooker accessories, visit my Best Pressure Cooker Accessories post.
Now I’d love to hear your ideas. Do you have a favorite gadget or way of getting a pan out of the pressure cooker?