The Instant Pot is a great kitchen accessory that we absolutely love using. In fact, we try to use our Pots several times a week if we can! While you don't need anything special to cook with the Instant Pot, some accessories, especially silicone ones, make the job a lot easier. But how are you supposed to handle getting those silicone accessories out of the pot once the food is done cooking? Not to worry, we're going to ease you into it with these tips.
Products used in this guide
- Amazon: Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker (opens in new tab) ($98)
- Amazon: POPCO The Original Food Tongs, Set of 3 (opens in new tab) ($12)
- Amazon: OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer (opens in new tab) ($15)
- Amazon: Egg Bites Molds by ULEE (opens in new tab) ($16)
- Amazon: Genuine Instant Pot Mini Mitts (opens in new tab) ($7)
- Amazon: Eco-Grab Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves (opens in new tab) ($24)
How to safely use silicone parts with your Instant Pot
When your food is done cooking, regardless of what optional accessories (silicone or not) you were using, you should always be careful of the hot steam that will come out from the pot once that lid is removed. Here are some tips on getting your silicone accessories out without harming yourself from hot steam:
- If you're able to, use a pair of kitchen tongs to grab the handles of any accessories (such as OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer), then slowly and carefully lift them out of the pot and place them onto a flat surface. The tongs help you keep your distance from the steam, while also giving you a good grip on the handles.
- If you have a pair of silicone mitts or gloves, you should use those to grab anything that may not have a handle on it, like egg bite molds. Some Instant Pots may come with the red silicone mini mitts, but these are fairly lightweight. We'd recommend something more heavy duty like the Eco-Grab Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves to make sure that you don't burn yourself.
- It's also wise to wait a bit for the steam to air out before placing your hands in. However, a good solution to silicone (or metal) accessories that don't have handles is to create a makeshift foil sling and place it underneath your accessory, but on top of a metal rack or trivet. This way, you can easily get it out of the Pot while using mitts or gloves.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to handle (literally) anything that comes out of your Instant Pot without issue! We know that the Instant Pot can be a bit intimidating at first with that whole "pressure release" thing, but it's not too scary, we promise!
Our top equipment picks
Here's what you need to safely handle silicone (or non-silicone) accessories and parts in your Instant Pot!
The pot to cook it all
Cook almost everything in one pot
The Instant Pot DUO60 is the most popular version of the Instant Pot, and there are a few good reasons for that. The 6-quart size is big enough to feed a family of four with plenty of leftovers, and you can reduce kitchen clutter since it is like seven kitchen appliances in one. Plus, it comes in 3 and 8-quart sizes if you need to go smaller or larger.
The Instant Pot is one of our favorite kitchen appliances. We can easily cook a pot roast in a little over an hour, or other meals that we no longer need to babysit on the stovetop. The 6-quart size is the gold standard and easily feeds a family of four with room for leftovers. But you can also go for a 3-quart or 8-quart size if needed. We also love that it reduces the number of kitchen tools we need, since it has multiple functions, like a rice cooker and even slow cooker.
Safely grab handles
Safely grab things out of that hot pot
Tongs are the easiest way to get things out of a hot pot. This set from POPCO includes three tongs in various sizes for all of your tong-required needs, and they come in fun, bright colors.
When it comes to getting food out of a hot pot, pan, or dish, you just can't beat tongs. They're simple, effective, and oh so versatile. This set of three from POPCO are made of metal but covered in silicone on the grabbing ends and the handles, so you don't burn yourself when they get hot. They also come in three sizes for all situations, and each one is color coded so it's easy to differentiate one another.
Hot stuff coming through
Heavy duty silicone gloves
These heat resistant silicone gloves from Eco-Grab are incredibly heavy duty and can handle pretty much anything you need it for. It's made from a thick silicone and you'll be able to handle hot pots, grills, baking, and more without breaking a sweat. This also comes with a bonus silicone brush.
If you want a pair of high quality and heavy duty heat resistant gloves, then we highly recommend the Eco-Grab ones. These are incredibly tough, durable, and able to handle anything you manage to throw at it in terms of heat. It works great for your Instant Pot, the grill, oven, and everything else. With these gloves, you won't have to worry about burning yourself when dealing with food ever again. Just be careful—the silicone is a bit slippery, so make sure you have a good grip first.
These silicone accessories are optional, but they are meant to be used in the Instant Pot to make cooking easier.(opens in new tab)
OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)
This steaming rack makes it possible to cook vegetables, fish, and other delicate food items without having them touch the water you're cooking with.(opens in new tab)
ULEE Egg Bites Mold and Rack (opens in new tab) ($16 at Amazon)
This silicone mold is perfect for making egg bites, mini desserts, and other foods that you don't want to get wet.(opens in new tab)
Genuine Instant Pot Mini Mitts (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)
The mini mitts from Instant Pot are much more lightweight than the Eco-Grip gloves, but they do get the job done as well. These mini mitts come with some models of the Instant Pot, but if you didn't receive them, you have the option of purchasing some.
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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