My number 1 used kitchen appliance is my Instant Pot! It should have a permanent place on my counter top because I use it so much. I can’t wait to show you my 5 must have Instant Pot accessories.
What is an Instant Pot?
Short answer is that an Instant Pot is the appliance of all appliances. The Long dictionary style answer is, an Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. It’s basically putting a lot of other appliances out of a job.
Why should you get an Instant Pot?
Did you know an Instant Pot actually uses less energy than a slow cooker? 70% to be exact! Or that is speeds up cooking time 2-6x, according to official Instant Pot website. I am kind of a minimalist at heart so I love kitchen appliances that are multipurpose. For example, I can cook Mondays dinner on the pressure cooker setting, on Tuesday use the slow cooker function, and on Wednesday use the instant pot to steam veggies. You get the idea!
Also living in Arizona means extremely hot summers. I would rather use my IP than use my oven, purely on the fact that it doesn’t heat up my kitchen as much.
What are Instant Pot accessories?
Instant Pot accessories are the items that didn’t come with the Instant pot when you purchased it, but in my option are a must have.
Top 5 must have Instant Pot accessories (in no particular order):
If you use your Instant pot under or near cabinets the steam released over time could cause water damage and warping. Great news though is the steam release diverter helps divert the steam out instead of straight up. To me this is a no brainer purchase and it’s so reasonably priced. I mean it’s cheaper than replacing cabinets when they get warped. This accessory is compatible for 3/5/6/8 quarts.
Who doesn’t love steamed fresh veggies. Using your Instant Pot to steam vegetables is one of the easiest ways to do it. It’s quick and easy. In addition, the steamer basket is a great accessories because it makes it so easy to pull the veggies out of the pot after its done steaming.
The steamer basket isn’t just for veggies though. How about using the steamer basket to make apple cider, chicken stock, or cooking eggs.
This item is compatible with 5/6/8 quart stove stop or electric pressure cookers.
Spring is here! You know what that means, Easter eggs. Hard boiled eggs get their time to shine in the spring. Hard boiled eggs alone makes purchasing an Instant Pot worth it. Making HB eggs in the Instant Pot is actually the only way I will do it. They come out perfect every time! Not only that, peeling them is so easy!
Using the egg steamer rack allows you to cook up 14 eggs at one time. Also, since the racks are stackable you can use one rack or two.
In addition to using these racks for making HB eggs, you could use one rack to allow you to cook multiple things at one times. For example, meat cooking on the bottom and potatoes on the rack above. Genius!
This item is compatible for Instant Pot 5/6/8 quarts.
I know I said this list was in no particular order but Instant Pot sealing rings should be your number 1 accessory that you purchase. Those rings start to hold an oder after a while. It’s a great idea to have one for savory items and one for sweets, trust me on this one!
These Instant Pot Sealing Rings work on 5/6 quart models.
Do you love Starbucks sous vide egg bites? Well now you can make your own. This product also comes a 5 egg bite recipes including a Starbucks version in the box. YES!
I like to buy items that have multiple uses. For instance, you also could use this mold to make oatmeal bites, pancake bites, bagel bites, and brownie bites. As you can see, ideas are endless with this egg bite mold.
Bonus points for being microwave safe, oven safe, and freezer safe. In addition, This works in Instant Pots 5/6/8 quart models.
These 5 must have instant pot accessories are affordable and will give you even more ways to use your Instant Pot. I don’t know about you but I like to use my kitchen appliances to the fullest.
Do you have a favorite Instant pot accessory, I would love to hear?