So you got an Instant Pot and now you're wondering if you really need all those accessories people are talking about.
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Well, those are fun and I have quite a few of them… but do you really need them?
A lot of us are on a budget and can't just pick up and buy anything that comes our way.
So… here's a list of Instant Pot accessories you REALLY need. Nothing extra, nothing fancy, just the 5 that I think are necessary if you use an Instant Pot regularly.
So you can take your Instant Pot cooking further… without breaking the bank.
Please add your must-have Instant Pot accessories in the comments!
Top 5 Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories
Or keep reading to see everything I shared in the video in print…
1. Extra Silicone Ring
Inside your Instant Pot lid is a silicone ring… and I suggest you get another!
Why? Not only will you have a backup should yours degrade, but in case you use the first one for odorous foods (like beets, cumin, and beans), you'll want to have a clean-smelling ring for mild or savory dishes. So they don't get scented like beets, cumin, and beans, for instance. 😉
2. Extra Insert Pot
This is the same stainless steel insert pot that comes with your Instant Pot. Just like with the silicone ring, I suggest you get another of these as well.
Why? Because having another means you very nearly have 2 Instant Pots. That's how much of a difference it can make in your cooking!
With another insert pot:
- you can swap one pot out for another and move along more quickly with your dishes,
- you have an insert pot for leftovers in the fridge,
- and you have an extra insert pot for when the other is tied up making yogurt (like I do here).
3. Glass Lid
If you use your Instant Pot's other functions — like slow cook or sauté — you'll love having this glass lid so you can see what's going on in there and attend to it.
It's also helpful for when storing leftovers in the insert pot in the fridge.
Many have told me they happen to have lids to other pots that fit on the insert pot. That's awesome.
However, I don't have any pot lids that fit — so I invested in glass lids (a 6-quart size and an 8-quart size). I'm so happy I did. We use them all the time.
4. Steamer Basket
Tip from TCS member John: Use a steamer basket when making broth — keep your bones in the basket for easy straining afterward!
Where to get it: Click here for the steamer basket I have. Remove the handles and it will fit perfectly inside your Instant Pot.
5. 7-Cup Pyrex Bowl
The 7-cup Pyrex bowl is sooo helpful and handy! You probably already have one in your cupboard. Or you run into them all the time at garage sales or thrift stores. Or you have a similar bowl in your kitchen.
Bake anything you want in your Instant Pot in this versatile bowl.
Need a lid? Probably one of your pot lids fits (don't use the rubber lid that comes with it in your Instant Pot).
Where to get it: Click here for the 7-cup Pyrex bowl I have.
FREE Sourdough Cornbread Recipe
By the way, I make sourdough cornbread using the 7-cup Pyrex bowl in my Instant Pot!
Click here to get my FREE healthy, delicious Instant Pot Sourdough Cornbread recipe — it uses the 7-cup Pyrex bowl!
And that's a wrap! When you're considering Instant Pot accessories, these 5 are a must. Any others you can decide on a case-by-case basis.
What are your must-have Instant Pot accessories? Please share in the comments!
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