For many busy moms the Instant Pot (IP) is an essential kitchen appliance. Having an Instant Pot is amazing because you just throw your food into the pot and walk away while dinner is made.
I went from barely cooking dinner at all pre-baby to cooking almost every night with a baby in tow. You heard that right – I actually picked up cooking while caring for a newborn. That's how easy the Instant Pot makes it.
The IP has been raved about since its debut in 2009 and it has yet to lose its appeal. We all know about its amazing features, and their accessories just multiply the capabilities. Here are a few essential Instant Pot accessories that give you even more possibilities in the kitchen.
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Essential Instant Pot Accessories
There are plenty of amazing things you can do with your Instant Pot right out of the box. These essential Instant Pot accessories will make everyday recipes even easier though and allow you to do even more with this amazing appliance!
Try incorporating flavorings into your water as you use your IP for steaming. You can use salt, vinegar or herbs. You could even bypass the water and use wine, vinegar, tomato sauce, or chicken broth instead.
The inner pot is great because you can place it in the IP, then toss it into the dishwasher while you are finished. This frees up the IP in case you need to use it for something else.
Purchase a couple of these inner pots and you can make several things in the IP before having to run your dishwasher. For me, this is perfect because I cook and my husband washes dishes. It's nice being able to cook an entire meal without having to stop to wash something.
One thing that you have to do to your Instant Pot is mix up the food and make sure that everything is perfectly soft the way that you like it. Silicone tongs are great for shredding meat, flipping over food and retrieving food safely.
I highly recommend this over trying to stab your food with a fork and crossing your fingers it makes it to your dish before dropping. It'll also put a dent in your Band-Aid and aloe vera budget.
Cooling racks are placed above the Instant Pot for cooling desserts like pies, cakes and cookies. It would be also perfect to cool down your steamed vegetables and other foods before consuming.
They’re also a great way to get airflow to your food while you’re preparing the rest of your meal. It's one of those things that isn't a huge game-changer, but a small enough enhancement that it makes preparing dinner and desserts just a little more pleasant.
If you make cheesecake, cake or other desserts, a springform pan is the ultimate IP accessory. You simply drop in ingredients and wait. When your dessert is finished cooking, easily lift the whole pan out of the IP for a perfectly shaped creation.
This is great for bake sales, holiday gatherings and barbecues. For someone like me who's never been known as a wizard in the kitchen, I get such a thrill when somebody wants to know the secret to something I've made.
One of the most popular Instant Pot accessories is the glass lid. It keeps all of the steam inside your cooker so that you are able to provide the softest meats.
Glass lids are perfect for keeping your food warm mode while it's sitting in the inner pot. You are again free to use your pot for other items.
Meat Shredding Claws
These are amazing if you love to have shredded meat. When your meat gets soft enough you use these “claws” to shred away.
These are perfect for pulled pork sandwiches and about a million shredded chicken dishes.
What are your essential Instant Pot accessories? Let me know in the comments!
Instant Pot Recipes
Ready to put those essential Instant Pot accessories to use? Check out these Instant Pot recipes.