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How Many Cups in a Quart

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Wanting to try your hand at our Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats? First, we need to discuss measurements- particularly how many cups in a quart of milk to use in your inner pot.

How Many Cups In a Quart

There are 4 cups of liquid in 1 quart. From our previous article, How Many Ounces In A Cup, we know that there are 8 fluid ounces in 1 cup, which means that there are 32 fluid ounces in a quart.

Both are important to know because even though the Instant Pot takes the hassle out of traditional home cooking, all Instant Pots weren't created equal.

The biggest differences will be in the quart size, pressure system, and programming- which are all important for properly measuring your ingredients.

When it comes to the quart size, 4 cups of liquid in a 3-quart inner pot will have a significantly limited outcome than a 6- or 8-quart inner pot.

To put it into perspective, if you're preparing Instant Pot Cream of Wheat or Steel Cut Oatmeal, a 3-quart inner pot will just make the cut off- ingredients-wise- because the oats will need to expand.

The expansion of the oats may cause an overflow if there is not enough space. Sadly, overflowing Instant Pots are a common issue within the community, and improper measurements are usually the root cause.

Same for Instant Pot Rice Pudding or rice dishes in general, as rice is one of the most mismeasured ingredients that leads to Instant Pot overflowing issues.

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Needing to know how many cups in a quart will not only save you from an exhausting cleanup process but will help build confidence in your Instant Pot cooking skills.

We also have a quick cheat sheet if you want to learn more on basic kitchen conversion measurements.

The Best Way to Measure Quarts for Instant Pot

The best way to measure quarts for Instant Pot is by utilizing a food storage container or take-out our storage containers. Most storage containers measure to 32 ounces- which is 4 cups of liquid, or 1 quart.

This hack comes in handy if you're already using your measuring cups or don't have a clean one handy.

If you do not happen to have any extra measuring cups, then pour in 4, 1-cup glass measuring cups or 2, 2-cup glass measuring cups.

Also, if you have any 16 oz jars lounging around, then you can pour in 2, 16 oz jars of liquid into the Instant Pot as well.

Instant Pot Meals That Utilize Quart Measurements

There's a few recipes that use quart measurements. They are:

  1. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
  2. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
  3. Instant Pot Hamburger with Mushroom Gravy
  4. Instant Pot Beef and Vegetable Noodle Soup
  5. Instant Pot Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

When preparing recipes that use quart measurements, we recommend using a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot for the best results.

This ensures that there's enough space for the liquid to go through the pressurizing phase without any issues.

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