We Bet You Didn’t Know Your Instant Pot Utensils Could Do These 3 Things

updated Oct 18, 2019
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For even the most devoted fans of the Instant Pot, the must-have appliance is still full of secrets. Last year, you may remember, we made sure you knew that the Instant Pot had a little-known, easy way to hold the lid when you weren’t using it: by sticking it into the holes in the handles. We also just recently found out that little loop at the bottom of your pot is actually a utensil holder!

But there’s so much more to uncover. Thanks to an extremely informative Facebook thread, there are a ton of other secrets hidden on our Instant Pots and the accessories that come with it — especially the utensils. Here are three of our (new) favorite secret tricks that we never knew our Instant Pot utensils were made to do.

Hang on the edge of the pot.

One of the best things about the Instant Pot is being able to serve right out of the pot — no trivet needed to bring it out to the table. But where do you put the utensil? Turns out you don’t need a spoon rest, either: The spoons that come with the pot have tiny curved tops that allow them to hang from the rim into the pot. Obviously, you can’t do it immediately after cooking — you want to let it cool a few minutes — but once it won’t melt the plastic, it hooks right on for easy storage during service.

Turn the pressure valve.

When you turn the pressure valve after cooking to do a quick release, you might have noticed a ton of hot steam pours out — ouch! But Instant Pot has something to help you out there. Those holes in the top of your utensils? It turns out that they are designed to be the perfect shape to use as a tool to turn that valve and open the vent, so you don’t have to get your hands quite as close to the steam.

Grab the steamer.

The same little hooks that make the utensils so conveniently hang from the edge of the pot can also do a second trick: lift the steamer out of the pot. The Instant Pot steamer has two handles that, when they come together to meet in the middle, can be lifted using that same hooked end of the utensil.

Do you have any magical uses for your Instant Pot utensils? Let us know!