I am not the best cook and always look for fast ways of doing things. If a meal is going to take me more than 30 minutes to cook, you know guests are coming over. This might also be the reason why I love my pressure cooker. It’s also a reason why I don’t get why a slow cooker is so popular. Then I did some research and saw the appeal. When it comes to slow cooker vs pressure cooker, they both have their benefits and your needs will determine which one is right for you.
Slow Cooking Pots
What is a slow cooker? A crock pot or slow cooker was invented in 1940 and has been used ever since. It cooks the food at a slow rate, allowing it to create more flavorful meals. It offers many different benefits including:
- Cooking/using tough meat – You can utilize cheaper meat with a slow cooker as it will help make the meat tender.
- Set and forget- Place all of your ingredients in the pot, put the timer and setting, and come back to a delicious meal.
- Keep food warm- You can cook your meal in a crock pot but also keep your food warm. Bring your dish over to a party, plug it in and let everyone enjoy your stew.
- Save on energy cost- A crock pot uses less energy than your standard oven.
- Small and portable- A slow cooking pot takes up little room and can be used at home, in your RV or at your next AirBnB.
- Less mess in the kitchen- With one of these pots you can make your meal without using multiple pots and pans.
The main reason why people love slow cookers is because you can come home to a meal and it frees up your time. No one wants to come home after a long day and cook in the kitchen. We want to relax and spend time with our family and pets. With a slow cooking pot you can add your ingredients, set the timer and temperature and come home just in time to serve the meal. This is the way we should always come home.
With your new pot you can easily make chili, stews, pot roast, whole chicken, even desserts like peach cobbler and brownies.
Choosing a Crock Pot
Like everything else in life, there are endless options when it comes to crock pots or slow cookers. Most pots will have at least two temperature settings; low and high, and the option to keep food warm.
Other models are more complex and come with other settings and features. If you want the best of both words, choose a pot that can do both slow and pressure cooking. Crock-Pot Express offers a few options which can be used as a pressure and slow cooking pot. It also has other options including steam, saute, sear, sterilize, and even a yogurt setting. The more features it has the more expensive a crock pot will usually be but it it worth it, especially since you won’t have to buy two separate pots.
When choosing a crock pot, think about your needs and answer a few basic questions:
- What will you use the pot for?
- How often will you utilize it?
- Will you be able to make the dishes you want?
- Will someone else be using the pot? Who? How often?
- Do you want a pressure cooker as well? Why? What meals can you make in it?
- What is your budget?
By answering these questions you will be able to better understand what you need and should get. Your budget should not be an issue because you can easily find a good slow cooker at a bargain price.
What is a Pressure Cooker?
Unlike a slow cooker, a pressure cooker cooks your meals at a fraction of the time. But unlike crock pots, a pressure cooker should be monitored and used when in the kitchen. A pressure cooker has been around since 1679 but it wasn’t made affordable until 1900s.
The pressure cooker was invented for the poor, to help them get more nutrition out of meat and bone. The pot also allowed people to speed the cooking process and in turn using less fuel for their stoves. While the pot was great it was too expensive to purchase. Today, these pots are offered at a bargain price and the options are endless. With a pressure cooker you can:
- Make meals faster- Rice, beans, meat and pasta are all cooked faster in a pressure cooker meaning you’ll enjoy the meal sooner.
- Use less energy- A pressure cooker will help you prepare the meals faster meaning you’ll use less electricity or gas on your stove. Your kitchen will also stay cooler.
- More free time- By cutting your cooking time in half or even more, you’ll be able to cook your dishes fast and enjoy your free time more.
While a pressure cooker help you make a dish in minutes it shouldn’t be left alone and it can take some time to getting used to. Pressure cookers can also be loud as they release the pressure so you can open the lid. You might also need to prepare your dishes in steps instead of dumping everything in at once.
Right Option For You
If you love rice, beans or even pasta, a pressure cooker can cook these up for you in a flash. If you want a pot that will allow you to cook meals slowly while you clean, work, or do homework with your kids, a slow cooker is a great option.
Pot that offer both slow and pressure cooking are also great for those looking for both options. These pots save you time, money and counter top space as you have one pot that does two things. Ultimately, the decision is yours and up to your budget whether you choose a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. Either choice will help you make dishes, desserts and even jams.