When talking about cookers for most people there’s an obvious first choice and that’s a slow cooker a choice that has often irked me. Why not a pressure cooker? I have been using one for a long time and love it but I am sure lots of you still have questions and doubts. So today I am going to take some time out and share with you the 5 reasons I always recommend pressure cookers over slow cookers.
Perfect for unplanned meals
Like the name suggests slow cookers are actually slow comparatively. So if you’ve got a party at let’s say 9 you’ve got to get started by 5-6 to get things done on time whereas with the latter you could wait until 7-8 pm and yet end up with a tender and juicy steak or stew.
But it comes down to your work style. Like getting things done early? Sure get slow cooker but if you’d rather wait or are lazy and disorganized a pressure cooker works best.
Efficient at high altitudes
At heights water tends to have a lower boiling point which means cooking of beans, lentils etc. in slow cookers is going to be slower and inefficient as compared to a pressure cooker.
Apart from that most slow cookers prep food at increased temperatures and while it’s assumed safe it’s not ideal when you need your stew or soup to be cooked at low heat.
Takes up less space
Cramped for room on the kitchen counter? Well then a slow cooker is a big no. Not only because of its bigger dimensions but also because a slow cooker generally can only be used for one task and that’s slow cooking.
While on the other hand a pressure cooker is smaller and also allows you to sauté or brown ingredients in case the recipe calls for it once they are cooked.
Ideal for vegetarian foods
Love beans or veggies? Then note that a slow cooker only tends to make them soggy and soft and neither do they taste the same especially the beans. Comparatively the pressure cooker does a far better job in lesser time and keeps the beans from splitting and once it’s ready you can further crisp it up and add a few more flavors by putting on the grill or stir frying it.
Helps with cooking variety
One of the best things about these cookers is their unmatched ability to make and store soups and stews. Yes a slow cooker does an efficient job but what sets a this cooker apart is its ability to act as a container i.e. store food which in turn increases shelf life, a process often referred to as canning.
This is especially useful for restaurants offering soups and soup lovers alike. An investment worth the price tag.
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