Instant Pot Accessories Introduction
Before I get into my Instant Pot Accessories recommendations, I want to tell you about my history with pressure cooking. Pressure cooking is not new to me. For years, I used a stovetop pressure cooker. When electronic ones appeared, I bought a small one and used it. Then, I purchased a large Power Cooker XL and used it for several years. It was very moody. If things weren’t just right, it would throw error codes and stop heating. Subsequently, I just quit using it.
Then, my BFF Gina Mitchell bought an 8-quart Instant Pot and started raving about it. She talked about how consistent hard boiled eggs, lasagna, and canning were with the cooker.
The Instant Pot sets out on my counter. I use it several times a week. I use the smaller one for rice, eggs, and oatmeal.
Getting a new Instant Pot and wondering what accessories you need to get started?
Did you get an Instant Pot, or are you planning to get one, and wondering what else you need?
Your Instant Pot comes with what you will need for most of the recipes you want to prepare. But, some accessories can make cooking easier.
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Instant Pot included-in-the-box accessories and supplies:
- Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet
INSTANT POT ACCESSORIES THAT I RECOMMEND
Extra Stainless Steel Liner
My friend, Gina, strongly suggested I get an extra Cooking Pot. I am so glad she did. If you are making a complete meal in your Instant Pot, there are times when you just finished making the entree and maybe want to do mashed potatoes or another side to compliment your entree. With an extra pot, you can switch them out and let your entree cool down.
Glass Lid and Seals
A glass lid is essential if you are going to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker. (However, I still prefer the results using the traditional slow cooker.)
I recommend having spare rings on hand. Silicone rings can become discolored, stretched or chipped, and hold onto some flavors. If you are hoping to use your Instant Pot for both sweet and savory recipes, it’s a good idea to have designated sweet and savory silicone rings.
If you are hoping to use your Instant Pot for both sweet and savory recipes, it’s a good idea to have designated sweet and savory silicone rings.
I use this for lasagna. Great for desserts like cheesecake.
I can’t say too much about this handy basket. Use it for steaming, holding all your solids when making broth, cooking pasta, boiling eggs, and the list is endless.
The included steamer’s handles are not long enough. A durable and reusable sling lets you lift bowls, pans, bakeware out of pressure cookers safely and efficiently, no more scalds or foil slings. I also use this for a roast or chicken. I place them on the lifter and add other ingredients/water as always. When ready, I lift the roast or chicken out of the pot. I use a slightly different model, but this one looks to be sturdier.
7-Cup Pyrex Bowl
This bowl will fit inside the 6-quart and larger pots. Use it for baking just about anything you want.
Many of these accessories and even more accessories I haven’t mentioned may be purchased in sets. Just look over my recommendations, go online and see what is available, and decide what you need. I am here to answer any questions you might have.