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10 great accessories any Instant Pot owner will appreciate

I’m an Instant Pot loyalist, and over the years, like many others, I’ve spent a lot of money on different Instant Pot accessories that come in handy when cooking a variety of foods. In many cases, cheap accessories can make a world of difference. Here are some great ones that are worth considering if you’re looking for something new to add to your Instant Pot accessories collection.

Steam to perfection

Kitchen Deluxe Vegetable Steamer

Staff pick


This convenient basket expands to fit all Instant Pot sizes (as well as stovetop pots) then collapses to put away when not in use. It is great for steaming vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, or use it as an egg rack or colander. A center handle makes for easy removal. It comes with a recipe ebook and julienne peeler, too.

$16 at Amazon

Squash the smell

House Again 3-pack Silicone Rings


The sealing ring notoriously picks up odors from your cooking, and it’s really tough to get out. Having extra rings like these durable and airtight ones is a good idea. Color-code them to the type of food, like red for desserts and blue for dinner. There are ones for the 3, 6, and 8 quart models.

From $8 at Amazon

Fully transparent

Genuine Tempered Glass Lid


While you need the sealed lid when pressure cooking, when slow cooking, sauteing or making things like popcorn or yogurt, this tempered glass lid can be used instead so you can see inside. There are ones to fit all three Instant Pot sizes, including 3, 6, and 8 quart.

From $12 at Amazon
$17 at Target

Breakfast on the run

Silicone Egg Bite Molds


Yes, you can make those fancy egg bites you buy at the local coffee shop right at home using these handy molds, which can also be used for baking mini cakes and muffins, as well as for storing homemade baby food. The two-pack with built-in handle is super convenient for making large batches.

$20 at Amazon
$49 at Walmart

Bake it up

Instant Pot Springform Pan


Bake a cheesecake or other dessert, or even a mini lasagna, mac and cheese, or casserole in this springform pan that is perfectly sized for the 6- and 8-quart Pot, and is oven-safe, too. Pop open the latch and pull the sides up for easy slicing from the non-stick pan.

$11 at Amazon
$11 at Walmart
$15 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Steam, be gone!

Goldlion Steam Diverter


Place this handy (and super cute!) Minion-like silicone accessory over the vent, positioning it using one of four slots so that steam will divert in the direction you want versus straight up and onto the underside of your cabinets or the ceiling.

$14 at Amazon

Guide to cooking

3-Pack Magnetic Cheat Sheet


Stick these magnetic “cheat sheets” to a surface, including the side of the pot itself, for quick reference to average Instant Pot cooking times for common food items, categorized by food type and accompanied by photos.

$8 at Amazon

Personalize your pot

Instant Pot Decal


Cat person? This swirling color cat design is one of many vinyl decals you can buy to decorate your Pot to match your personal style. It comes with decals for both sides that won’t leave residue after you remove them.

$10 at Amazon

Keep it protected

HOMEST Dust Cover With Pocket


Keep your Instant Pot protected with this dust cover, both when it’s put away as well as when bringing it to parties. A convenient pocket can hold utensils, like a serving spoon and the power cord, and the interior liner can be easily wiped clean. There are versions to fit all Instant Pot sizes.

From $11 at Amazon

Cooking slow

Ceramic Non-Stick Coated Inner Pot


Swap this non-stick ceramic inner pot in for the stainless steel one whenever you’re making rice or slow cooking, and transfer it to the oven to keep warm if you want to make something else in the Pot after.

From $15 at Amazon
$15 at Walmart
$20 at Target

Do so much more with some Instant Pot accessories

As a long-time owner and fan of the small kitchen appliance, I actually own many of the Instant Pot accessories on this list. The vegetable steamer basket is one I’d consider essential, especially if you want to be able to steam vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower with some water underneath to prevent them from getting mushy. This basket expands to fit nicely in any sized Pot and can be used for steaming other foods as well. It also works atop a pot on your stove.

If you’re into baking, you’ll want to invest in a small springform pan that will fit in the Pot. I was initially skeptical about making a cheesecake in the Pot, but it turns out wonderfully with the right recipe. A perfectly-fitted springform pan means you can make up to two mini-sized cakes or casseroles at a time.

You also can’t go wrong with extra sealing rings, especially if you tend to cook a lot of pungent foods with strong spices. And the set with different colors makes it easy to color-code food types so you can swap them out as needed to prevent your chocolate cake from potentially smelling like chicken curry. I just picked up a set myself to replace my original and now stained ring.

All of these accessories are worth buying, and you’ll find a use for every single one of them. But when it comes to fun and personalization, don’t forget a cool and decorative decal. There are tons of options from which to choose that let you show off your style and interests on the exterior of the pot while you make delicious meals inside of it.


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Metro Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

It might surprise some of you to know that companies like Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless operate on the Sprint and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.Let’s take a look at another, similar situation. Metro, formerly known as MetroPCS, is a prepaid brand that uses T-Mobile’s network for coverage.About Metro and its networkFounded in 1994, the carrier ultimately merged with T-Mobile in 2013 and became one of the first companies to offer unlimited data plans. Although it was first established as General Wireless, it later changed to MetroPCS; in late 2018 it was changed again to Metro by T-Mobile.Thanks to T-Mobile, Metro gets to lay claim to being the first MVNO or prepaid brand to offer 5G. Its nationwide coverage went live in early December, 2019.What are Metro Rate Plans?Things are pretty simple when it comes to rate plans at Metro. Customers choose from four options with prices starting at $30 per month. Taxes and fees are included so the monthly bill is nice and flat.Rate Plans$30 – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data$40 – Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB high-speed data (with unlimited music streaming)$50 – Unlimited talk, text, and unlimited high-speed data (with 5GB hotspot and 100GB Google One)$60 – Unlimited talk, text, and unlimited high-speed data (with 15GB hotspot, 100GB Google One, and Amazon Prime)What about multiple lines?Metro’s multiple line plans are rather straightforward, too. It’s as easy as picking the starting plan and adding the number of lines. There are discounts applied for each additional phone number, with them priced around $30 a piece, on average.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Are there any special deals at Metro?Certainly. There are a number of options available from Metro, including discounts, free phones, and bundled rate plans. Things are always subject to change, especially around holidays, so be sure to check the dedicated deals page.How is Metro’s phone selection?Metro offers a decent array of phones, from very basic from brands you might not be familiar with, up to current flagships. Interestingly enough, there’s a decent selection at the upper end, particularly the Samsung Galaxy S20 and newer iPhones.Keeping pace with its growing 5G coverage, Metro has added a number of phones with support for the faster nework.Tips for buying a used phoneWhere can I buy an unlocked phone?Cheap cell phone plans that use the T-Mobile networkCan I use my own phone with Metro?Do you already have a phone or possibly looking to buy an unlocked device for use on Metro? If the equipment is GSM unlocked, or previously used on T-Mobile you can order a SIM card if you wish to bring your own device. Check to see if your phone is compatible.

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