Have you joined the Instant Pot revolution yet? If not, maybe it’s time you jumped on board. I love mine and recently bought a second one. When I have them both out, they look like a couple of Daleks on my kitchen counters. It makes me happy! Having an Instant Pot is a little like joining a cult. Once you’re in, you might wonder how you ever got along without it! There’s lots of helpful accessories to make the Instant Pot even more useful. Learn more in my Instant Pot Lovers Gift Guide!
As a busy special needs mom with two major chronic illnesses, the Instant Pot helps me to get healthy dinners on the table with a minimum amount of aggravation and physical exertion. I mainly use mine to make bone broth, stews and yogurt. I also love making rotisserie style chicken that cooks through in an hour, and quickly cooking dry beans instead of simmering on the stoves for hours. Some people also use it for a rice cooker.
So how do you get started with instant pot and what else do you need? Here’s some of my must have Instant Pot accessories. Put them on your holiday gift wish list!
First off, you want an Instant Pot. Deals abound on Black Friday but maybe you want to get one before the holiday rush to save your sanity and give you some time to focus on your other holiday cooking! The second one I got is the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt. I love, love it to make yogurt. I have to let mine ferment for 24 hours because I follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Everything can be done in one pot…easy peasy. No more futzing around with stovetops and thermometers!
It’s a great idea to get a cookbook or two. Yes, there’s always Pinterest but I like having hard copies of cookbooks to refer back to. Take a look at the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, The Instant Pot Pressure Cookbook (500 Everyday Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users) and Paleo Cooking With your Instant Pot to get started.
Sealing Rings. The sealing rings can hold odors, so it’s a good idea to have a couple of these around.
Cheesecake pan. Did you know you can make little cheesecakes in your instant pot? Just the right size to satisfy a sweet tooth without worrying about having a huge cheesecake around for days to pick at! These are great to have on hand to make a small cheesecake.
Steamer Basket. One of my other favorite things to do in my Instant Pot is make hard cooked eggs. I like to cook them for 6 minutes, let cool for six and then soak in cold water. The shells come off easily with no mess!
Silicone mitts. These are a must have if you need to remove your pot from the base right away.
Non stick Inner pot. If you’re cooking something that might stick, a non stick inner pot is a great option to have on hand for easy clean up.
Tempered Glass Lid. For when you just need to slap a lid on your pot in a hurry!
Glass Jars for Yogurt. I personally make a gallon of yogurt at a time but these are a great option for people who make smaller amounts.
Colander scoop. I’ve spent a lot of extra time straining veggies and bones out of my stock, this one’s definitely on my list to get next.
Silicone cover. I really love these and have one for each of my Instant Pots.
12 piece accessory set. This is a great gift idea and a nice option to have once you’ve bought your Instant pot!
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