This isn’t a recipe, but this post will tell you how you can make a LOT of recipes quickly in your Instant Pot if you have two additional items. One is a tempered glass lid, the other an extra inner pot. I also keep on hand a spare silicone ring because if mine ever goes bad, I don’t want to be waiting for a second one to arrive. (I can’t bear the thought of being without my Instant Pot for even two days!) Some people even have separate silicone rings….one for cooking sweet dishes and one for cooking savory dishes (think garlic and onion) so as to not mix smells from savory to sweet. Since I don’t make sweet dishes right now in my Instant Pot I haven’t gone that route, but I can see where it might be a good thing to do! My silicone ring is still good and I’ve had my Instant Pot for several years and use it daily, so an extra silicone ring isn’t really necessary unless you also can’t stand the thought of being without your Instant Pot!! Then it is good insurance. But, if you want to simplify your cooking in a pressure cooker, get the extra inner pot and glass lid! If you are like me, you will be SO glad you bought them!
Below you’ll see how I used the glass lid and extra inner pot to cook 5 things in one day in my Instant Pot Here are the recipes for what I made….well to be exact I didn’t make the Pea Soup, I made another soup that day which doesn’t have a recipe online so I substituted the Pea Soup so you’d get the idea that it is possible to make a LOT of things in one day in the Instant Pot if you have two inner pots. 🙂
It was SO much easier and very doable because I had the extra inner pot and didn’t have to keep cleaning the one I was cooking in (at least didn’t have to clean it right away!)
Oh, and one more item I have for my Instant Pot that you may want to consider….. I use a small square of this shelf liner (large enough to go under the entire Instant Pot) to keep it wiggle free. Since I travel with my Instant Pot, somewhere along the way, I lost one of the little rubberized feet. It came out and my pot wiggled a bit. Rather than buying more feet and losing more feet, I came up with the shelf liner idea! I hand wash it with dish soap from time to time and let it air dry and it works great!! Just thought you’d like to know in case you’ve lost some Instant Pot feet too. 🙂
Happy Instant Pot cooking!!!
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- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 pound dried beans
- 4 sweet potatoes
I had soaked my rice overnight, which I do most times. I cooked it according to the recipe listed above (click on the Rice link). After it finished with the natural pressure release, I removed the pot and the rice and set it aside with the glass lid on top.
I will mention that the power went off for a minute in the middle of cooking the rice. I knew about how many minutes were left in the cooking cycle (9), so when the power came back on, I reprogrammed the Instant Pot to that time and it kept cooking! I was very happy about that!
Next I cooked some beans in the Instant Pot. While those were cooking, I put the rice into a bowl and washed out the inner pot that had cooked the rice.
When the beans were done, I took the inner pot containing the beans out of the Instant Pot and put in the sweet potatoes to cook.
While the sweet potatoes were cooking, I put the beans in a container in the refrigerator and washed out that inner pot and rinsed the glass lid.
While the sweet potatoes were cooking, I began assembling the water and vegetables into the clean inner pot so I could make the vegetable stock.
When the sweet potatoes finished cooking I took that inner pot containing them out and put the vegetable stock into cook. I covered the sweet potatoes with a glass lid and set it aside. When those had cooled down some I put the potatoes in the refrigerator and washed out that inner pot.
When the vegetable stock was done, I took some of it and put it in the clean inner pot to make some soup! The rest I let cool in the pot in which it had been made.
I was able to make a whole lot of food with much less hassle because of having two inner pots and a glass lid. Worth the purchase? YES! I've even thought that 3 inner pots might be a good idea..... 🙂