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Messy. Needs much longer cooking time.
on May 3, 2018
It seemed like a good idea but it doesn't work as well as expected. I put a meatloaf in the bottom pan, cut up seasoned potatoes in the middle pan, and frozen Brussels spouts in the top pan with the perforated cover. Since the three pans nest, you have to be careful about filling them so the pan above doesn't squish stuff out of the pan below when you assemble everything in the rack. I put a cup of water in my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo and lowered in the rack and three pans. I set it for 30 minutes at high pressure and let it cool down for 10 minutes before I released the pressure. The Brussels sprouts were done. The potatoes were hard. The meat loaf looked soft. Back in the Instant Pot for another 30 minutes at high pressure. I'm pretty sure everything was cooked though the potatoes were still a bit al dente.
Next problem is that there's no easy way to get the hot, dripping pans apart. You lift the rack out and everything is hot, wet and greasy. You need to put a large towel down to set it on. You open the rack and try to separate each pan only to find that they are hard to grab with pot holders and vapor-locked together. Using pot holders and a knife, I could separate each pan and place it on the towel. The bottom of each pan was greasy from the food in the pan below. Fine. I could finally eat. I stacked the pans containing the leftovers and put them in the fridge on top of a plate. Next day, I grabbed the slippery assembly and once again needed a knife to pry the pans apart.
All in all, it would have been faster, easier, and cleaner to use the toaster oven and microwave to prepare this meal.