Everyone loves accessories, whether it’s jewelry for outfits or Instant Pot accessories.
Remember the hours you spent playing with mom’s or grandma’s special jewelry box? The one set aside just for you to be able to root around in so you could choose your favorite necklaces and bracelets to wear?
The best part of playing dress up as a kid was choosing the right accessories. Creating different combinations, and enjoying the different ways an outfit looked by the accessories we picked. Honestly, it’s not always that different as an adult.
But now, not only in our daily apparel do we accessorize, we can have fun with our new favorite kitchen appliance and our Instant Pot accessories. Let’s take a peek at five enhancing add-ons that will bring your Instant Pot cooking to the next level.
My favorite Instant Pot Accessories:
1. Aozita Beer Can Chicken Holder
Yep, that’s right, those tender, mouthwatering, beer can (or coke can) chickens can be prepared in your instant pot much faster than on the grill or the oven. And your house won’t heat up from baking; a real plus during the hot summer months, or when you already have the stove full with other menu items.
If you have the 8-quart instant pot, you’ll be fine with this rack. If you have a 6-quart pot, be sure to choose a smaller chicken; about a 4-pound chicken or Cornish game hen would work best.
And though it’s called “Beer Can Chicken,” you can use any canned beverage. Soda works just as well as beer.
I like to rub down the chicken with olive oil, lemon, and give it a healthy covering of pepper. You can use any spice combination you prefer. From experience, I know that more spices are needed in pressure cooking than oven cooking because it’s so fast.
Be sure you’ve washed your chicken, rubbed it down with spices, and then pop that open chicken cavity onto the beverage can.
It’s only going to need about 12-15 minutes of cooking time. I like to give it 12 minutes on high pressure and then check it. If the legs aren’t just about ready to fall off, another round of 3 minutes is just fine.
2. Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer Rack
Mama always said “don’t put your eggs all in one basket,” but I think this time she might approve because another fun accessory is the Aozita Stackable Egg Steamer. At our house, we love hard boiled eggs – cobb salads, egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, quick protein snack, and as a fast breakfast food.
So when I found this egg steamer accessory, I knew I’d make good use of it. Peeling eggs can be frustrating. How often have you tried to peel your hard boiled egg only to have it look like it something pocked it?
No more! Instant pot hard boiled eggs peel easier so that frustration is gone, and vital if you’re making deviled eggs! I love that I can do up to 14 at a time, but if I don’t need that many, I can use the single tray for seven eggs.
The process for hard boiled eggs is so easy:
- Load up the trays.
- Add a cup of water.
- Use manual setting on high pressure for 5 minutes
- Let it have 5 minutes of natural venting.
- Put the eggs in a cold water bath for another 5 min
And that’s it! Off to the fridge. You can peel them right away, and store them in a plastic bag, or leave them as is till you are ready to use.
3. The Original Sturdy Steamer Basket – My favorite Instant Pot Accessory
Many people start out with the trivet that comes with the instant pot and assume that’s all they are going to need to use. And for many dishes, it’s just fine; the trivet is enough.
But before long, you’re going to find that it’s just a bit too hard to keep that stack of baby red potatoes from tumbling over. And it’s not working to stack those fresh green beans on a trivet.
Here’s your answer! My very favorite Instant Pot accessory by far! The Original Sturdy Steamer Basket works in the 6 or the 8-quart model and, it comes with a silicone handle so removing it from the inner cooking pot is safe and a breeze. (Ugg to homemade foil “slings”)
I’ve used the basket for corn on the cob, beans, and new baby potatoes. Cauliflower broccoli carrot mixes are a breeze, and I suspect I’ve only begun to tap the potential of this little beauty.
Once you’ve mastered the first steps of Instant Pot cooking – you know, the easy ones like roast beef or pork chops, you’ll soon be ready for dishes that have a few more ingredients in them – like lasagna – and that’s where my next favorite comes it.
4. Maxrock Stackable Stainless Insert Pans
These Maxrock Stackable Insert Pans will bring the number of meals you make in the instant pot to a whole new level. Now you can finally make lasagna, meatloaf, enchiladas, casseroles, spaghetti, and even desserts. Yes! Think CHEESECAKE.
These little necessities fit in the 6 or 8-quart model so no worries there. Nothing less than food quality stainless steel means that they can be used for food storage and are dishwasher safe, as well. You are cutting down on the number of dirty dishes when you use these insert pans.
5. Spare Sealing Rings
And finally, although not technically an instant pot accessory I suppose, I’d like to remind you to pick up a few extra sealing rings. When I was new to the instant pot world I didn’t give my sealing rings a second thought until I made a wonderful garlic basil pasta sauce for dinner one night. The next day decided to make a cheesecake. I’ll let your imagination fill in my aroma overlap concerns……
The easiest thing to do is have a few separate rings. I chose these Spare Sealing Rings because I like the red and blue colors. Now I always swap out my clear ring and use the red one if I’m making a tomato based dish. Easy enough to remember, although I do write “garlic safe” on the gallon size storage bag I use to store the red ring.
So there you have it – 5 new ways to make even more use of your Instant Pot. Why wait? Click on one of the above links and get started with your new cooking adventures today. And if you’ve been waiting, now’s the time to purchase your Instant Pot and you can get cooking too!
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