Hey, faithful readers, new friends, and fellow Instant Pot addicts!
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If you don't already know - I got myself an Instant Pot over Thanksgiving weekend.
And, as is the case with many new and exciting kitchen appliances, I'm eyeing all of these interesting accessories and deciding which ones I want and which ones I need and which ones I - well - I'm going to buy myself eventually.
6 Accessories for the Instant Pot Fanatic in Your Family
The Instant Pot uses a sealing ring to ensure that the pot reaches the pressure that it needs to. You'll notice that using the regular ring that comes with the pot is easy and simple, and yet, stinky. So many people have started using one for meat and meal-oriented recipes and another for desserts and sweetened recipes like applesauce and oatmeal. So instead of battling to get the odor out, you simply wash it and stick with one color for each type. Pretty easy and affordable!
You can also buy a 2-pack of the original clear silicone sealing rings, if you'd like to have some extras for a particular kind of dish.
And - if you're interested in some additional variety? There are turquoise sealer rings, too.
Sure, your Instant Pot comes with an inner pot, of course, but many people find that they're using it for one thing after another and in doing so they'd rather switch it out and clean the first one while the second part of the meal is cooking. (Honestly, I've learned that many people have even loved it so much they've purchased TWO pots! TWO!) I don't know that an extra inner pot is a requirement, but I do know if you're like me and hate cleaning something immediately after using it - or prefer to toss it into the dishwasher, this will be helpful.
This tempered glass lid can be used for the sauté function and after slow cooking your meal. I've also heard that it can be used for popcorn!
This is where you'd find that an extra inner pot would come in handy. Because you have one of these silicone lids and you can use one of your inner pots as storage. No need to dirty extra dishes, no Pyrex required (although, seriously, I love my Pyrex), just let your pot cool and store your leftovers in the inner pot. Boom. Perfectly sealed up and fresh with this silicone lid.
This steamer basket is perfect for steaming veggies and potatoes, or for sectioning off the ingredients of your meal so they cook evenly. I'm not sure if I absolutely need one - but I'm intrigued enough to want one anyway.
Honestly? I just use a fork and a knife, or two forks, and shred any meat in the pot that way. But how could you possibly resist these meat claws? I mean, the name alone, right? And the company that makes them? Cave Tools. I think that's all I need to say. You're surely sold now.
So - there you have it - a few things I've added to my buy myself after Christmas and Chanukah list. Actually, I think I'm about to buy some of those silicone sealer rings right now ... happy shopping!