Instant Pot Must-Have Accessories
Now that you have invested in this incredible invention, there are a few extras that will allow you to use it to its fullest potential.
There are many extras that you can purchase, but these are the items that I feel are worth the cost and investment.
Steamer basket– This makes cooking two items at once possible. I use it to make sweet potatoes while cooking chicken breasts. There are also some foods that require being in a steamer basket rather than on the rack that is included with some Instant Pot models.
Rack, if your Instant Pot did not come with one.
Tall rack for stacking over taller items.
Cake pan with removable bottom (push pan) This is necessary for making a cheesecake in your Instant Pot. You can also use it to make lasagna, cake, or cheesecake. This push pan is like a springform pan, but doesn’t have the outside closure, which takes up valuable interior space.
Silicone Mini Mitts I will admit, when I first saw these mini mitts, I though they were an unnecessary purchase. Once I used my Instant Pot and was ready to remove the rack, I saw the need! Regular oven mitts and pot holders are too bulky to use. I use these all the time now!
This silicone accessory set includes the mini mitts as well as a pot holder and a suction lid. The lid is useful for storing foods in the inner pot.
Second sealing silicone ring If you make both savory and sweet foods in your Instant Pot, having two silicone rings on hand is a simple way to prevent strong flavors from influencing your desserts. Be sure to purchase a genuine Instant Pot brand silicone ring to ensure your warranty is not voided.
Clear glass lid I do not have this accessory yet. Friends have told me that their favorite uses for the clear glass lid is to be able to peek into your Instant Pot when using the slow cooker function, when making yogurt, and to use in the oven on other pans.
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4-Cup Pyrex round glass bowl I use this when I make my No Crust Cheesecake. The other use that I’ve found is when cooking two different foods, you can use the Pot in Pot method– one food in the bottom, another in a pot set on a rack. Or, set the glass bowl on top of the rack, then add either the steamer basket or another rack to cook a second food at the same time.
Small glass custard cups These are great for preparing individual cheesecakes, puddings, and cakes. They can be stacked with racks to make several at once.
Yogurt maker I have not made yogurt in my Instant Pot yet, but it’s on my list!
What have you made recently in your Instant Pot?
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