Today we’re tackling the best Instant Pot Accessories out there and what you need to know about them. If you’re wondering what an Instant Pot is – let me fill you in real quick…
The Instant Pot has really become a HOT item in kitchens everywhere these days – and it’s no secret why. These modern day pressure cookers make life easier for cooks in a time crunch and create tasty dishes that make lazy chefs look like they slaved for hours. (Seriously. Have you seen some of the best instant pot recipes?)
Bonus Points – they make it easier to eat HEALTHY. (Which good gracious – couldn’t we all use help with that? Here are some healthy instant pot recipes that might change your life).
But what are all those Instant Pot accessories for – what do they DO and how much do I need them in my life? Here’s a handy guide of the best Instant Pot accessories to buy!
First of all – do you have the best Instant Pot for you? Make sure you take a peek at our post How to Choose the Best Instant Pot!
Okay, on to the gadgets and gizmos…
The glass lid is an accessory you’ll want if you plan to slow cook foods in your instant pot. Also, you can take off the pressure lid, cover the inner pot with only the glass lid and put it on keep warm to have your meal sitting there ready to serve. (It’s easier to lift off and on when folks are serving themselves.)
This professional grade tempered glass lid is designed specifically for electric pressure cookers. Put your electric pressure cooker in keep-warm mode and cover the inner pot with this glass lid for food display and immediate serving. It can also be used in sauté/browning to avoid splashing cooking oil droplets soiling your countertop. This lid features a steam-release vent and stainless steel rim. It’s durable and dishwasher safe.
You might be thinking – why would I need that? But it really comes in handy! If you cook your main course in the instant pot and then pull it out and set it aside (covered with the glass lid – hey!) – you can then turn around and use your extra inner pot to make 8-minute rice as a side dish. Or 7-minute roasted potatoes. You get the idea!
Perfect and super useful for steaming veggies, keeping potatoes up out of the water,
Way less bulky and awkward than oven mitts when trying to lift the inner pot out and avoid steam and scalding metal.
Great for making cheesecakes, flans, omelets, or just heating small portions of different things all at once.
Makes 5 individual cups of yogurt rather than a big pot – and also can be used as a sterilization rack for bottles and jars.
While the Instant Pots make yogurt just fine – if you want that thicker greek yogurt texture, you might want to add this strainer to your list of must-haves.
This is great if you need to steam more bulky foods – like a large amount of greens – or to make stock.
Gaskets can wear out over time and eventually will absorb some of the odors from the foods you make often. It’s a good idea to have an extra when that happens!
Check out these other helpful posts about the Instant Pot!