Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker: What's The Difference?

Pressure cookers and slow cookers are two extremely popular kitchen appliances. While they might appear to be similar and are often promoted as appliances that can reduce the amount of time and effort for cooking, they're actually quite different from one another. In fact, these two appliances utilise two completely different cooking methods. Currently trying to decide which appliance you should get? Well, we've got you covered and done all the necessary work for you! Here's a compilation of the main differences between slow cookers and pressure cookers:  

What is a slow cooker?

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As its name suggests, slow cookers make use of lower temperatures and longer cooking times to slowly cook food (e.g. soups, meat) over several hours or throughout the day. Often associated with stews and soups, slow cookers can actually do much more. From cooking meat to roasts to breads and cakes, a slow cooker is certainly a versatile kitchen appliance to have. 

To use a slow cooker, simply add your ingredients (e.g. meats, vegetables and liquids) in the morning. Then, set the device on low and you'll be able to enjoy a warm, delicious meal at the end of the day, after a long day of work. 

For slow cooker recipes, head to this article: 5 Slow Cooker Recipes We Love

What is a pressure cooker?

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A pressure cooker uses hot steam and pressure to quickly cook food. This thus allows food to be prepared in a shorter amount of time than conventional cooking methods. In fact, some have argued that pressure cooking actually helps to preserve more vitamins and minerals in your food, given its use of less liquid for steaming or boiling as well as a shorter cook time. 

While typically used for cooking rice, pressure cookers can pretty much be used for anything and everything, such as rosemary risotto, red wine braised beef shank and butter chicken. It's pretty much the perfect kitchen appliance, especially for those who are new to cooking. 

For pressure cooker recipes, head to this article: 5 Pressure Cooker Recipes To Give A Shot ASAP

Key differences between the two appliances: 

Slow cooker  Pressure cooker 
Cooking time 

  • Long, at least a few hours

  • Short, food can be prepared within a fraction of the time it would have taken in a slow cooker or over the stove 

Preparation 

  • Needs pre-planning or preparation
  • Have to set everything up at the beginning of the day, many hours before you intend to consume your meal 

  • No pre-planning or preparation required, can be relatively impromptu 
  • Simply need to have everything prepared an hour or so before you intend to consume your meal 

Effort required 

  • Little effort required as you can simply throw everything in and get on with the rest of your day. Doesn't need stirring, so you don't have to keep checking on your food, like how you would have to do when cooking on a stovetop or in a pressure cooker. 
  • Easy to wash as you just have to soak the insert with some dish soap and water, before giving it a good scrub. 

  • Need to supervise while cooking, unable to just throw ingredients into the cooker and complete your other tasks 
  • Can be a hassle to clean as you have to take everything apart, clean the various parts before putting them back together correctly 
  • Cooking in a pressure cooker may require a steep learning curve as you'll need to experiment with your usual recipes and learn how to adjust the amount of liquids used 

Flavour of food 

  • Great depth of flavour achieved without having to add additional seasoning 

  • Unable to develop the same depth of flavour as it would if it were slow cooked, will thus need to add extra seasoning to achieve a similar end product 

If you've made it to this point of the article and still can't seem to make up your mind and decide between the two, you might want to consider opting for a multi-functional appliance like the Ninja foodi multi cooker. This multi cooker which allows you to pressure cook and slow cook within one appliance, alongside other functions such as grill, air fry, roast and sear. With the wide variety of functions offered by this single kitchen appliance, it's certainly the perfect solution for anyone who can't choose between a slow cooker versus a pressure cooker, and for those who might actually require all these kitchen appliances but are short of storage space. 

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Here are some of the key differences between a slow cooker and a pressure cooker. We hope we've helped to provide some useful information that will help you to make a more informed decision. For any questions on our products, feel free to reach out to our customer support team at wecare@hipvan.com or our live chat and we’ll be more than happy to help! 


References: 

  1. https://learn.compactappliance.com/pressure-cooker-vs-slow-cooker/
  2. https://www.thekitchn.com/5-reasons-why-a-pressure-cooker-may-be-a-better-choice-than-a-slow-cooker-194100
  3. https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/kitchen/benchtop-cooking/articles/slow-cookers-vs-multicookers-vs-pressure-cookers

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