Too much liquid or not enough liquid? This is a heavily debated Instant Pot topic, so should you be wondering how many pints in a quart go into your meal without overflowing or burning then read on as we jump into the great debate.
How many pints in a quart
In general, there are 2 pints in 1 quart, which means there are 4 cups or 3 fluid ounces in 1 quart. Recipes such as Instant Pot Split Pea Soup use 4 cups of Chicken Broth, which equals 1 quart of liquid.
Many 4-8 serving meals utilize a quart or more of liquid in their prep work. Think Vegetable Beef Soup or Chicken Florentine Soup. Most time you'll find this in meals with a broth base, but that's not always the case.
If you're cooking rice, for example, for a large crowd then you may need to increase your liquid levels.
We also have a quick sheet if you want to learn more on basic kitchen conversion measurements.
How to measure pints in a quart
Because pints are 2 cups of liquid, then it is easy to find measuring cups to use.
The best option is to use a glass measuring cup as it will give an extremely accurate measuring than any other measuring cup, but if you don't have a glass measuring cup then using a 16 oz coffee mug, or regular drinking glass will work as well.
And should you have any empty butter dish or water bottle, you can use that as well.
Here are a few Instant Pot recipes that can use pints or quarts.
- Instant Pot Guinness Irish Beef Stew
- Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
- Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
- Instant Pot Egg Drop Soup
Quart-sized meals are perfect for wealthy meal prepping or to freeze because of how quickly you can prepare them.
For example, 2 pints or 1 quart of broth can make 4-5 servings in both the 6- and 8-quart Instant Pot. Plus, you usually don't have to worry about quart-size meals overflowing the inner pot, leaving you with a simple and carefree meal option.
Now, we do have to mention meals that incorporate dry ingredients like dried beans in our Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas for example because they do make a difference to the amount of liquid you will need to have on hand.
This is because the beans will expand and become tender once they begin to soak in the liquid and go through the pressure process. Because they take a lot of liquid during this stage, it may leave the other ingredients without a base, causing them to potentially dry up or scorch the bottoms and sides of the inner pot.
A go-to would be to add a least 1 cup of water extra when working with dry ingredients unless the recipe specifically that it has taken the dry ingredients into account. Other than that, your pint-size meal would be good to go!