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Picking From Instant Pot Steamer Basket Choices

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Looking for an Instant Pot steamer basket? Here's helping you make the right choice from among the many options out there!

If you’ve recently gotten your hands on the Instant Pot, you’re probably still processing how incredibly versatile and useful this kitchen appliance is. Well, it’s time to get out of that zone, and take a quick look at yet another genius way to put this device to use- to steam! 

Yes, you heard that right! By just getting your hands on an Instant Pot steamer basket, you could steam your favorite foods quickly inside your Instant Pot. Can’t wait to give it a try? Here’s what you need to know before you pick one you like. 

How Do I Use a Steamer Basket in My Instant Pot?

Using a steamer basket in your Instant Pot is actually pretty simple. First, you’ll need to add some water to the inner pot, followed by the steamer basket and then place the veggies or dumplings or whatever you’re trying to steam in the basket. 

Then, you’ll just need to seal the lid and set the timer and let it do its job. It is really that simple. 

And Why Do I Really Need it?

If you think steaming is only for veggies, you’re so wrong. There’s so much more than just that that you can steam in your Instant Pot- everything from meats like chicken to seafood like oysters and fish. Infact, you can also try your hands at some steamed dumplings every now and then when you’re craving something Asian-inspired to dig into. 

What’s best is the fact that it’ll also inspire you to eat healthy, and will help you keep a check on your calorie intake as well. 

Which One Should I Pick?

Just like with most other Instant Pot accessories, the market is flooded with options for Instant Pot steamer baskets, and if you’re confused, here’s a little help your way to get you to make the right choice. 

  • Kitchen Deluxe Vegetable Steamer Set: This one’s probably the most popular one out there, and that’s because it fits the inside of any Instant Pot model. Plus, it also comes with an extendable handle, has silicone feet and foldable legs, and is fully crafted in heat-resistant material. If you’re not too keen on specifics and just want it to do its job well, this one’s your best bet. 
  • Silicone Steamer Basket: You’ll find many different options for this one, so you’ll just need to check and double-check to make sure it fits the inside of your Instant Pot well without scratching its walls. This one’s super easy to clean, and will ensure that your food stays in the basket all throughout. 
  • Instant Pot Silicone Steamer Basket: This one’s the official accessory launched by Instant Pot, and is crafted with high-quality BPA-free silicone. While it is dishwasher safe, it is not really spacious. It might be a great option to choose if you’re single or live with your spouse, and don’t have a big family to cook for. 
  • Original Sturdy Steamer Basket: If you’re specifically looking for a big basket to steam your foods in larger portions, this one’s just perfect. While it is not collapsible, it is super sturdy, crafted in stainless steel, and is perfect to make all your broths and boil eggs in. 

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