Preparing homemade, healthy meal for our family everyday takes up a lot of our time in the kitchen. It can get tedious and monotonous. However, all thanks to the advancements in technology we have several appliances now to help us with our daily chores so that we can take out more time for ourselves. With less time spent in the kitchen, you can finally take out the time to read a good book or watch a television series you have been planning to for ages but never found the free time to do so. Pressure cookers and slow cookers are both very convenient appliances whose purpose is to save your time and energy spent in the kitchen. Although the purpose is the same, they both use an entirely different approach to achieve it.
Before deciding which pressure cooker is best for your needs and which one would you want to add to your household, you need to take a deeper look at the differences between the two. Here are the most significant differences between pressure cookers and slow cookers:
Slow cooker, as the name implies, cook food over a long period of time at much lower temperatures as involved in conventional cooking. Slow cooked meal takes between 4 to 10 hours to cook depending on the setting you choose (high or low). The purpose is to allow the user the convenience of ‘set and forget’. Because the low temperatures involved, there is minimal risk of the food getting burnt and the user can leave it to cook through the night or even leave the house while the food is being cooked. No supervision is required.
Pressure cookers, on the other hand, use high pressures and temperatures to cook food around 70% faster than with conventional cooking techniques. They achieve this by trapping steam inside a sealed container to raise the pressure which results in a rise in the boiling point of water causing food to cook faster. By cooking the food faster, it helps you spend less time in the kitchen.
Since slow cookers take a much longer time to cook food, they require a bit of planning ahead of time. For example, if you want your meal ready in the morning, you need to prepare everything and set the cooker the night before.
Since pressure cookers allow faster cooking, no planning is required ahead of time. You can prepare your ingredients only an hour before you want your meal ready. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to cook tough meats in a pressure cooker.
What to Cook in Each?
You can cook many dishes in your slow cooker. They are best known for soups and stews but you can also use them to cook meat, vegetables, fish and even desserts.
You can cook almost anything in a pressure cooker. It significantly reduces the cooking time of tough cuts of meat and dried beans. You can also cook rice, stews, roast, vegetables, fish and much more.
If it’s still hard to decide whether you want a pressure cooker or a slow cooker, you can always invest in both or can buy a multi-cooker so that you are not missing out on any of the advantages.