A Year of Instant Pot – It Can Change Your Life Too!

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I can’t believe I have had the Instant Pot for a full year and my oh my has it changed my outlook of the kitchen!! Pre-marriage and pre-instant pot I was lucky to step foot in the kitchen to warm something up in the microwave. Takeout and restaurants were my friends, but as many of you as mamas know you just can’t sustain a budget with a small family on takeout or eating out all the time.

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I slowly improved my skills and asked for an Instant Pot the latest, hot gadget for Christmas last year. I was pregnant with my second and needed something to make life in the kitchen easier. My fabulous MIL bought me the amazing gadget (the no-frills easy to use Lux Model (Amazon.com: Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer: Home & Kitchen)) and soon after the new year I started looking up recipes and cooking.

I think the first thing I made in the Instant Pot is rice because this incredible thing is a rice cooker and crockpot too!! Did I mention in February I gave away pretty much all my other kitchen gadgets?! I have never looked back!

Needless to say, this gadget has changed my life and my family’s life. Just about every night we have a nice wholesome meal that I know all the ingredients for and doesn’t just come from a box (blue box if it were up to my two-year-old). I for the first time in our almost 5 years of marriage contributed to both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. I was someone who was super nervous in the kitchen and has moved to somebody willing to take a chance and even experiment a little. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!!

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To help with the experimentation and everyday wonders of the Instant Pot there are some fabulous accessories. Yes, the Instant Pot comes itself with just about everything needed including a steaming rack and spoons for rice and such but various accessories just extend the Instant Pot even further for all sorts of creations.

Basic Accessories

I quickly learned that if you are not a fan of washing the pot every night have a few more extra pots handy is a great idea. I currently have 3 pots and there are times where I have used them all in one night (dinner, apple sauce and then yogurt). Having extra sealing rings is also an almost must-have if you start to cook both sweet and savory meals in the Instant Pot since the rings keep some of the smells and tastes. Lastly, lids (silicone and glass) are nice to have basics for storing or cooking for example yogurt that doesn’t require the pressure at the beginning.

Multi Accessory Sets

These are some great sets that include multiple accessories. Many include a steamer rack, egg bite molds and some include bundt pans or silicone gloves.

Bakeware and Specialty

Baking has been the most recent adventure I have embarked on with the Instant Pot. It is fun and with Texas weather doesn’t heat up the house quite as much. I have made a cheesecake, bundt cake, and monkey bread oh so yummy!! These accessories definitely helped get me started with the baking. I love especially OXO and Fat Daddio accessories.

What are your favorite accessories for the Instant Pot? What adventures will you embark on?! As a quick side note, I now have the Instant Pot Ultra which also makes Yogurt!! Amazon.com: Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer: Home & Kitchen