If you're looking to make your first Instant Pot Ice Cream blend or any liquid blend, then you need to understand how many cups in a pint of cream you'll need to have on hand. Let's find out.
How many cups in a pint
There are 2 cups in 1 pint, which means that there are 16 fluid ounces in a pint.
For our Instant Pot Apple Crisp, we used one pint of ice cream and divided it up between the servings. This means that approximately 2 cups of milk- or a pint of milk- plus flavoring was used to create the ice cream. Pints are helpful to know because it makes the liquid conversions easier to understand in the Instant Pot.
We also have a quick sheet if you want to learn more on basic kitchen conversion measurements.
Reason because inner pot overflowing is a major concern and as tempting as it may be to just wing it, this method usually backfires and leaves you with a nasty mess to clean up.
Another important thing to note is that pints are not measured dry. This means that all pint measurements are in liquid measurements usually measured in glass Pyrex containers.
Ways to measure cups in a pint
Because 2 cups equal a pint, the easiest and practically fool-proof way to measure cups in a pint is to use a glass 2 cup measuring cup. You'll only need to fill it once and be done.
The next easiest method is to use a 16 oz cup of coffee mug. This is for when you run out of storage cups or if you don't have enough measuring cups for all your ingredients like our multi-step Instant Pot Seafood Pasta.
And did you know that your old peanut butter container could be used as a pint measuring cup? Most standard-size peanut butter containers are 16oz or more which makes them excellent sub-ins for measuring cups! One of the many reasons why I keep a few on hand.
Mason jars are also helpful substitutes as well as easy-grip plastic party cups. Who knew you had so many pint measuring options!
Instant Pot recipes where pint measurements come in handy
Here are a few important Instant Pot recipes that require a pint of liquid in the prep work:
- Instant Pot Seafood Pasta
- Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- Instant Pot Orzo & Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers
- Instant Pot Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy
- Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Especially for the split pea soup, a pint of water is necessary to help the dried yellow split peas expand without allowing the other ingredients to burn. This is one of those recipes you don't want to guestimate because of the processing of the dried peas.
If you'd like to learn how to measure ounces in a cup for the Instant Pot, then we've written a how-to article that you can view by clicking here.