Is There An Alternative For Trivets When Pressure Cooking?
Most pressure cookers come with a trivet. A trivet is any support that you use to protect something from a source of heat. You will need to use a trivet for certain recipes, although not all. Many people who use a pressure cooker sometimes find that their recipe calls for a trivet. If this happens to you and you don’t have a trivet, don’t panic. You can use a range of ordinary kitchen items as a trivet, and it will not adversely affect the outcome of your meal.
So what can you use as a trivet? The usual standby is a large metal lid from a jar, but if you don’t have this on hand, you have a range of other options.
A metal cookie cutter, for example, a ceramic bowl turned upside down and used for support. You can use anything that is metal or heat resistant that fits in the pressure cooker and provides support for whatever it is you are cooking.
You can even use scrunched up tin foil as a trivet.
Some people recommend using a steamer basket as a trivet. Why? Because you can have extra use from this useful piece of kit whereas a pressure cooker trivet only has one purpose.
Not all recipes call for the use of a trivet. If you are cooking meat or a casserole, you don’t need one, but if you do use your pressure cooker a lot, you might find that a trivet or something that you can use as a trivet is a handy option.
Cooking cakes or poached eggs need a trivet. And although you don’t need a trivet to cook meat, it does make removing the meat from the pressure cooker much easier.
You don’t need a trivet for pressure cooking. But if you are one of the growing numbers of pressure cooker fans, you will find that an inexpensive trivet makes life easier. If you don’t want the added expense of buying a trivet – and they are very cheap, a stainless steel steamer can fulfill the same role and provides another kitchen purpose.