Exactly What Is The Difference Between A Slow Cooker And A Pressure Cooker?
As the cost of eating out has skyrocketed in recent years, in addition to being unhealthy, many people are opting to cook at home using some of the various new cooking devices that are available.
Machines that can slow cook, pressure cook, braise, sous vide, and steam rice is all now computer controlled for the best results. Plus, they all have timers so they can be set in advance for meals that are ready when you get home. There can be some confusion as to which machine is best for your needs, here are some of the differences between pressure cookers and slow cookers.
The Slow Cooker Is Just That, Slow
Lots of people love their slow cookers because they can find hundreds of make-ahead recipes on the internet, make a trip to the supermarket, chop everything up and put it in marked bags until later. Then, just before they head out the door on a work day, they set the slow cooker, empty a bag into it, and hit the road.
Their slow cooker machine will come on at the exact preset time and cook their meal to perfection, then switch to the keep warm mode. When they get home, all they have to do is serve and eat a healthy, tasty, done-to-perfection meal. There are fantastic leftovers for lunches, or they could also be warmed the next day in the micro as well. There are entire websites devoted to helping people plan a week’s worth of meals, chop all the ingredients and bag them up, then take them out daily for a great dinner. Meals can be low fat, poor cuts of meat turn out delicious, and doing them all at once cuts waste to zero, is incredibly cheap, saves a ton of time, it’s the future.
On The Other Hand, If You Aren’t That Organized Pressure Cookers Are Your Friend
The modern pressure cooker looks a lot like a crock pot or slow cooker except for a few differences. First, it will have a sealed locked-on lid. This is to hold the boiling water inside the pot. This is a key point of difference because once sealed the temperature of the water can rise above the boiling point, turn into steam, and cook your food far faster.
The higher temperature helps to cook the food faster, and because there is built up pressure inside the cooking vessel, the steam is forced into the food for even faster cooking. A meal that might take 6 hours in a crock pot could most likely be done in 35 minutes in a pressure cooker. Plus, since the steam isn’t escaping from the machine, you home won’t be filled with that wonderful smell of slow cooked food.
Between the two machines, there are some advantages to each, but the major differences are the speed of cooking. You can also buy a multi-functional machine that can steam rice and vegetables, cook sous vide, plus do the pressure and slow cooking as well. If you’re short on counter space, the multi-functional machine can save you from having 4 to 6 machines and instead only have one. For more information about another device called instapot please see our other post.