Technology to complement your Instant Pot
So you have an Instant Pot and you are using it multiple times a week to cook some delicious and effortless meals. It’s a magical kitchen appliance with many great accessories available that help you cut down on your kitchen tools. Since it’s a pressure cooker and multi-cooker, you can cook rice, make yogurt, and more. As good as the Instant Pot is, it’s not the end of all kitchen appliances. I have several Instant Pots, but there are still a few tools that I can’t do without, and they pair well with Instant Pots no matter what model you have.
Sous vide is a must:
Sous Vide Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Precision Cooker
The Anova Sous Vide Culinary Precision Cooker is one of the highest rated sous vide immersion circulators out there. This one works over Wi-Fi, so you can control it with the companion app on your phone from anywhere in the house with minimal effort. It is also incredibly accurate as it can have exact temperatures down to the decimal place, rather than just whole numbers like other circulators. You can only use it with the inner pot of your Instant Pot to cook food with a temperature controlled water bath. With an Anova, you will have perfectly cooked steaks, poultry, fish and more.
Make sure the meat is cooked:
MEATER smart meat thermometer
Even with an Instant Pot, you’ll want to double-check the temperature of your meats after taking it out to make sure it’s cooked through. With this thermometer, simply stick it on your meat while it cooks in the oven, grill, smoker, stovetop, or anything else to see its temperature and get an idea of how long until it reaches the finish line. MEATER even notifies you when it reaches the perfect temperature, and has a Bluetooth range of up to 165 feet, so you can see how you are doing on your smartphone.
Go big with Alexa:
All-New Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)
The vibrant 10.1-inch display on the Amazon Echo Show allows you to watch videos and other content beautifully in the kitchen. It also has excellent speakers with Dolby processing technology for audio clarity. You can simply tell Alexa to search YouTube for recipes for you, cook along with the Food Network, set useful timers and alarms, and add items to your shopping list. With over 50,000 skills, you can also control other smart devices, like the Anova sous vide with your Echo Show. You can navigate all of this with your voice or with intuitive touchscreen gestures.
A hub for Google Home:
Google Nest Hub (2nd generation)
If you are more tied to the Google ecosystem, then the Google Nest Hub it is something to look at. Think of the Google Home Hub as a tablet for your kitchen (or any room) that you can use to search for Instant Pot recipes (or any cooking method) on YouTube and watch videos that show you exactly what to do. You can also ask questions, like measurement conversions, and listen to music while you relax. While it responds to your usual taps and swipes, you can also command it with your voice, which is useful when your hands are busy preparing ingredients or cooking.
Preserve your food:
FoodSaver FFS015 Silver Vacuum Sealing System
Sometimes you’ll want to make the easy-to-download meal ingredients for your Instant Pot, but don’t cook them right away. With FoodSaver, you’ll be able to vacuum seal all your ingredients in bags to keep them fresh for longer periods, and they won’t burn in the freezer as there will be no air pockets. When you’re ready to cook, just pop it out of the bag, pour it into your Instant Pot, set the time, and you’re done. Instant Pot can cook frozen food; it just takes longer to get to pressure. FoodSaver bags are also ideal for sous vide cooking.
Mix it up, mix it up real good:
KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender
Some recipes you’ll find for Instant Pot, such as baked goods, creamy soups, or delicious butter chicken, will require an immersion blender, so you should pick this one from the respected KitchenAid brand. This model has a soft-grip handle and comes with three-speed settings. It is capable of liquefying, crushing, mincing, pureeing and whipping. This particular blender model comes with a blending attachment, a 2.5-cup chopper attachment with a lid, a 3-cup blender jar with a lid, and a handy storage bag.
Get the set
Instant Pot is a great tool to have in the kitchen, replacing at least six appliances with just one, but it’s not the only way to cook. With these other great kitchen gadgets, you’ll be a rock star chef in no time!
From this collection, our favorite is the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker because it makes a great companion to your Instant Pot – make the perfect steaks with sous vide and a delicious side in the Instant Pot.
Our other recommended devices to invest in in the kitchen are the Google Nest Hub or the Amazon Echo Show. Having a tablet in the kitchen is a truly invaluable tool that gives you a great, hands-free way to access information, help you calculate quantities, show you recipes and techniques, or simply entertain you while you’re busy cooking.
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