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- Instant Pot Silicone Steam Rack designed for the 5, 6 and 8 Quart : IP-DUO60, IP-LUX60, IP-LUX60V3, Smart-60, Ultra-6, IPLUX80, IP-DUO80, IP-CSG60 and IP-CSG50
- Long legs to stand out of the water for steaming, stay cool long handle for easy removal
- Can be stacked 3 high in the Instant Pot 6 and 8 Quart inner pot for dehydrating in your Instant Pot
- Locking rim to fit other items from the Instant Pot Silicone Collection , Made from FDA & LFGB tested inert food safe silicone and BPA free
- Heat resistant to 450F (230C) & dishwasher safe , Genuine Instant Pot Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker accessory
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Instant Pot silicone steam rack can be used on its own to hold a bowl or with other items from the Instant Pot Silicone Collection. The unique locking rim design locks other items into place, the steamer basket and cake pam are held in place and easily removed. The long legs stand out of the water when steaming and the stay cool long handles makes it easy to remove. Can be stacked 3 high in the 6 and 8 Quart.
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The whole unit is thick and sturdy, and nothing like the silicon vegetable steamer I've previously tried to use as a pan lifter. It's also a nice height. Not too tall, not too short.
The handles stick out on my 6Qt LUX making it easily grabbable -- and I was easily able to bend them out of the way to be able to put the lid on. (Since an 8Qt is taller, I'm assuming no bending-out-of-the-way is required for that larger model.)
* This product, shown in front of my 6Qt LUX (close-up view to show how thick and sturdy it is, as well as for height reference)
* This product, shown underneath the "Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Springform Cake Pan with Tempered Glass Base" (they match perfectly)
* This product, shown inside my 6Qt LUX (side-view, showing how much the handles stick up)
* This product, show inside my 6Qt LUX (top-view)
* This product, shown propped up at the top rim of my 6Qt LUX (for scale, and again as a close-up view to show how thick and sturdy it is)
Yes, I'm in the Cult of Instapot. I want all the Instapot Things. However, not this one.
Initially, it comes out of the box misshapen (see images), which may not be a big issue in the long run. I am partial to anything I pay full price for being pristine out-of-the-box, though, so I was unamused. I assumed that once filled with batter it would retain its proper shape. It didn't. Again, refer to the images below.
Also, it smells funky, which isn't evident in the images below. I've had my IP long enough to know that they do take on odor after a while. The silicone sealing ring does get strange, and I can imagine the silicone ring of this pan will eventually, as well.
Also, when placing the pan on the included IP trivet into inner pot (I have a IP 6q DUO), the pan doesn't sit level. One of the plusses IP enthusiasts have noted about this pan vs a traditional spring form pan is that trad pans have a bulky buckle that takes away from being able to use a slightly wider circumference pan. True, the slim clamp that holds the silicone allows for more potential space,though it still doesn't sit level with the included trivet (image below). Maybe it does with other trivets I've seen people use. I'm going with the one that's part of the original IP setup.
Again, that's aesthetics. Maybe it's not a big concern to others. I am already insecure about the retention of spring form pans to begin with, I'm not thrilled about having to work with one lopsided, from the beginning. What are we up to? Strike 4?
So, I leave it as level as I can, set it to cook according to the recipe (which wasn't good either), and the final, set result is pictured below. I couldn't really tell whether the cake was level, honestly, though you can see how the pan looks disassembled, below. To note, it wasn't a hardship to get the clamp off, though it didn't slip easily. Ultimately, I don't want it to move easily, or that would spell disaster for my recipe. But I have some problems with my hands that mean things do have to be relatively easy to work with, or it's just no-go. With a good bit of effort the clamp came off.
When I washed the pan and attempted to put it back together, my conclusion that it wouldn't work out for me became clearer. I wish I had examined exactly how firmly the silicone ring was joined when I first took the pan out of the box. I washed it, though I didn't disassemble it. Upon fitting it all back together, the ring didn't meet. I forced it as hard as I could. The silicone would meet, clamp, then pull slightly apart. The result was a small gap, which is pictured below.
The real question was would that gap leak in use, and the answer to that is evident in my included video: Yes, it leaked. I took it apart and fitted it back together snugly, and still, the gap. Granted, a thick batter may not leak, despite that water did. Still, if any spring form pan is worth its asking price, it shouldn't leak at all, not even a spiffy new high tech IP one. Especially a spiffy new High Tech IP one.
So, I'm returning this pan. Maybe the glitches I observe in it right off are minor--that it's warped out of the box, doesn't sit level on the stock IP trivet, wrangles apart with effort, doesn't snugly fit back together. However, I enter into relationships with all kitchen products with longevity in mind. I just don't see this pan lasting long. I don't see it holding up to multiple functions and longterm use.I am returning mine, and staying on the market for something more sturdy, easy to work with, leak-proof, and potentially with a lifetime commitment in mind.
Additional findings: Once taken apart for the first time, the silicon is difficult to stretch around the glass base to get the edges to line up again. 90 seconds in the microwave warmed it up, and with some attention-to-detail effort I was able to pull it taught as I rolled it around the glass base to get the edges close enough together to connect them.
Even with the clip put back on, there remains a little gap at the bottom, which resulted in a slight leakage when I used it to make lasagna. (However this slight leakage was far less leakage than I got when using a push pan or a springform pan to make lasagna.)
The biggest surprise after using it was that once I took the lasagna out of the Instant Pot, the clip just slid right off the hot silicon with almost no effort at all.
I haven't used it yet, but here are my initial impressions...
This round "pan" seems to be about the same outer diameter of my 7" push pan. I compared them side by side, as well as stacked on top of each other, and there is little to no noticeable difference on exterior diameter. Since the silicon ring is thicker than a metal pan, the interior diameter will be a little smaller.
The silicon ring was a little dented by the packaging, but I was able to reshape it for the most part.
The "connector" thingie takes some practice, and is REALLY tight (as it probably should be, but be warned, it takes strength, persistence, and patience). The "nubby bit" that the connector grabs onto for the round pan is larger than the one that is on the loaf pan -- so for the round pan it's easier to get the necessary leverage to slide off the connector. But it DOES take effort, and practice to get the hang of it. If you don't have good wrist/finger strength, or dexterity, it could be difficult to use.
There is a faint odor upon unpacking. After washing and air drying all night, there is still a faint odor if I stuff my nose right up against it -- but not from a distance.
The glass base really is just a simple piece of polished-edge glass. Nothing fancy. But simplicity is the key to there being no nasty nooks and crannies for food bits to get stuck. I gave it a preliminary hand wash and everything was reachable by sponge, without requiring a special brush, or a toothpick.
However it took some work to get it stretched back around the glass base without a gap where the two ends come together. Even when I got the connector on, there was still a bit of a gap where food/batter could go (but not to escape). But I am assuming a tight fit is better than a loose fit. It's just going to take some more practice fully disassembling / reassembling it to figure out the secret. After a few tries I was able to reduce/eliminate the gap, but it's definitely not an "assemble in a hurry so I can fill it up" type of product.
Conclusion: I don't recommend jumping in with both feet and cooking something in it right away without a good amount of time practicing fully taking it apart and putting it together. But it does show promise once a certain level of familiarity is achieved.
Attached pictures are as follows:
* For scale: Showing it on top of my 7" Fat Daddio's Push Pan
* For scale: Showing it next to the small foam paint brush I use to clean the outer rim of my Instant Pot (also shows the slight denting in the ring)
* Showing it disconnected (close-up view)
* For scale: Showing it to the RIGHT of my SEVEN-inch Fat Daddio's Push Pan
* For scale: Showing it to the LEFT of my SIX-inch Fat Daddio's Push Pan
* Showing it disconnected (distance view)
* Showing it on top of the "Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Long Handled Silicone Trivet"