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12 Essential Instant Pot Accessories
So you finally have the famous Instant Pot and it is serving you beyond what you expected. This electric cooker seems like it has magic powers because it serves so many purposes that are meant to be served by many different kitchen appliances. The Instant Pot acts like a cake maker, rice cooker, egg boiler, pressure cooker and much more. This appliance is so easy to use once you get used to it and it cooks a variety of foods at a shorter time than other appliances. This cooker not only saves you some much-needed counter space, but it also cooks more effectively. This high powered multi cooker can achieve even more success with the right accessories.
Whether you have the 6-quart or the 3-quart Instant Pot, the Ultra or the Duo, your Instant Pot is ready to be taken to the next level with accessories. You probably already know numerous recipes and have even mastered some. But what about the accessories? Below are the most essential Instant Pot accessories in the market that every Instant Pot owner should have in order to make your Instant Pot more versatile.
The Glass Lid
We love our Instant Pots, but the fact that you cannot observe your food when it is cooking can be a downside. Thanks to the glass lid we now can enjoy peeking at our food through the transparent glass while it’s in the pot. This lid is made of tempered glass and it has a steam vent, a handle, and a stainless steel rim. The stainless steel handle helps when you are maneuvering your Instant Pot when cooking and the steam vent is for your safety in instances where you need to open the lid while cooking because it prevents any scalding when the hot steam is seeping out. It is ideally designed for sautéing, slow cooking and warming your food. It’s perfect for those times when you are using the non-pressurized setting. You just place the lid on the inner cooking pot.
This lid can even be used in an oven of up to 428 degrees with the inner cooking pot. If you want to sauté your food, this lid prevents it from splattering all over your countertop and if you are a user who likes the ‘slow cooker' function on the instant pot then the glass lid is a must-have accessory. This is because the lid traps moisture inside the pot which helps your food keep from drying out. When you have leftovers in the Instant Pot, you can cover it with this lid and simply put the whole bowl in the refrigerator. You don't have to bother with a tackle Tupperware or a Saran Wrap. This lid can be easily cleaned by just washing it in the sink by hand. This accessory is truly a masterpiece and you are guaranteed a genuine product since this accessory is manufactured by Instant Pot.
Stackable Steamer Pans
Steaming is one of the great functions that an instant pot multi cooker does well. These nifty steamer pans are perfect for those times you want to reheat your leftovers or steam your food. This accessory comes with a little hook that comes in handy when someone wants to lift them after they are done with the cooking. They also come with an extra seal ring, which is another accessory that will be discussed below. Additionally, the stackable steamer pan comes in three different sizes that can fit all the different types of Instant Pots. The feet and the handle of this steamer pan are wrapped in silicone in order to protect your hands when cooking due to the heat, and the interior of the instant pot from any scratches. Steaming helps in retaining the flavor of foods, the nutrients, and the texture. This means that steamed food is healthier and more delicious. Whether you are steaming salmon, rice or broccoli, steaming these foods is a healthier and tastier option. Also, this steamer pan is great when making broths. The bones from your broth are strained when you lift the steam pan and you are left with a smooth broth.
Since these pans are stackable, you can put your protein or main dish in one pan and at the same time, your sides can be placed on another pan. Once you are done you just lock up your steamer pans and place them in the instant pot. When this process is done, cook your food on high pressure for approximately five minutes and you will have a perfect reheated meal. You can serve it in the same steamer pans directly on the dining table from the instant pot and then directly to the fridge for storage in case you have leftovers. When you are done using them, you can transfer them into the dishwasher just like your other utensils for your convenience when cleaning up. These steamer pans were constructed using a rust resistant design thus ensuring they are durable and look beautiful for a long time.
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Silicone cupcake liners
Cupcake liners do not look like a great accessory for an Instant Pot but these silicone cupcake liners are the best. They are PVC free, phthalate free and BPA free, therefore, one can cook for their family without any doubts about possible contaminants going into their food. These liners are also safe in extreme temperatures. They can be used in an oven of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, a freezer and a microwave. This baking accessory has many uses. From making mini cheesecakes to poaching eggs in an instant pot. These liners are awesome for making individual portions of different types of food like little frittatas or mini cakes. It has an easy-release, flexible and nonstick design that makes these silicone cupcake liners very easy to use and handle. The non-stick design makes it quite easy to release you cheesecakes when they are finished. This accessory provides the users with a good incentive to get creative when using you Instant Pot with the help of their numerous fun and bright colors. Ensure you have a set of silicone cupcake liners on hand.
Non-Stick Inner Pot
All Instant Pots come with an inner pot but it’s important to have another one. This is because the extra inner pot can prepare a different food item when the first one is cooking. An example is when your pasta or rice is cooking, your meat can be sauced and seasoned in the other inner pot. Once your first dish is done, just swipe the pots and start you Instant Pot again. On the other hand, sometimes we are too busy and we do not want to overburden ourselves by transferring food from the inner pot to another container when we are going to a picnic or other social functions. With an extra inner pot, you can just transport your dish using the inner pot and not worry about needing it back immediately.
All households celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or a simple dinner party. This means there probably might be a cake needed or some kind of dessert. Most Instant Pots come with the ‘cake maker' function, which means you will need a reliable springform pan that will help you enjoy this feature. This pan fits inside an Instant Pot. The base of the pan is made of glass and the outer ring is made of silicone which makes it easy to clean and durable. The Hiware springform cake pan comes with a non-stick coating that is double layered, therefore, you do not need to grease or flour your pan before you start baking. This pan has a springform buckle that makes it very easy to release the cake and serve it. Cakes like cheesecakes can prove to be difficult to get out of the pan so this buckle will make your work easier. This pan can also be used in an oven. It can withstand up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and it fits nicely on an 8-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot multi-cooker. The springform pan cannot only be used for cakes, but it can also be used for lasagna and meatloaf. This accessory is BPA free and it can be washed in a dishwasher. It is truly worth your purchase.
Egg Steamer Rack
This steamer rack is gaining popularity and most people prefer it to other egg boilers in the market. Whether you want soft boiled eggs or hard-boiled eggs, this steamer has got you covered. The rack holds the number of eggs you want to be boiled securely. This ensures that the eggs do not roll out and break. When using the egg rack, set you Instant Pot on the ‘steam’ function and within minutes enjoy your perfectly boiled eggs.
The sealing ring was designed for the element of cooking food using pressure inside the Instant Pot multi-cooker. These rings were built to withstand the high-pressure force of an Instant Pot when the pressure cooking function engaged. This accessory is an important part of the safety in the Instant Pot. Sealing rings will degrade after constant use, so it’s vital that you invest in extra rings. Like most silicone products, odors tend to cling to these rings. So it is essential that we get into the habit of changing them yearly. These rings come in a variety of colors and this can assist when avoiding cross contamination an example is when preparing savory and sweet meals. The sealing ring can pick up flavors from you savory food and infuse them into your sweet food when you are using the same Instant Pot. It may look like a small accessory, but these rings are important especially to people with food allergies. You can use a blue ring for foods with dairy products in them and a white one for those without the dairy. Sealing rings are not expensive so if you can have a couple of those in different colors in your kitchen, then have them as an ‘insurance policy’ against transferring flavors.
A Silicone Lid
A silicone lid is a simple and useful accessory that you acquire for your Instant Pot. This lid allows you to have your leftovers right in the inner pot, cover it with the lid and take it directly to the fridge for storage.
When you are cooking, the items you are handling are almost always hot, so it’s important to have kitchen gadgets that will protect you from burns. Gripper clips are pot holders that work perfectly because they clip on the steamer basket if you have it, or the inner pot when you want to lift it up from the Instant Pot once you have finished cooking. These gripper clips have a stainless steel frame which is durable and it can lift up to a weight of five pounds. If you pot is heavier than five pounds, then use two grippers, one on each hand. This accessory has a plastic handle that is anti-skid and BPA-free and it is coated with silicone. The silicone ensures that the handles do not conduct heat, meaning you can lift your hot inner pot comfortable without burning your hand. The plastic enables you to always have a good grip with these gripper clips. They can also be safely washed in the dishwasher.
Organic Cotton Milk Bag
This accessory is good for those people who love using the yogurt-making function on their Instant Pots. The Organic Cotton Milk Bag makes this function very easy. The Instant Pot can make yogurt from fresh milk, but the milk must be strained afterward to ensure you have a smooth, tasty and thick consistency. This milk bag is very durable and as much as you squeeze it when straining, the seams will not burst. The mesh muslin was made very fine, in order to filter out any excess liquid leaving you with a creamy and delicious yogurt. This milk bag has other functions like brewing tea and making cauliflower rice. The best part about this kitchen accessory is that it is eco-friendly because it is made from organic unbleached cotton.
Instant Pot Cover
No list of essential accessories would be complete without something to protect your precious Instant Pot and keep it cozy. Fortunately, there are dozens of great options for covers available. Some are utilitarian in nature and come with handles to carry or tote your Instant Pot around. Others are more about the design -- we've seen everything from checkerboards to owls!
Tell us your favorite in the comments below!
Instant Pot Decals
The Instant Pot craze comes with its own sub-craze -- DECALS! There are a seemingly endless supply of creative decals being offered for placement on your Instant Pot's spacious metal back side. You'll find hundreds on Etsy and other creative shop websites. Or you can create your own and order them from the LotsaBrands Custom Printshop HERE. We've even added a bit of extra fun to creating your own Instant Pot decals by featuring our favorite custom designs you create right here. So have fun and be creative with it!