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Slow Cookers vs. Pressure Cookers - Sears

Kitchen Showdown: Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker

Between work, running the kids to soccer practice and that pile of dirty laundry, you want to spend as little time on daily meals as possible. Slow cookers and pressure cookers are the perfect sous chefs, getting your food ready while you’re off doing a million different things. You can even use them to heat food slowly without paying much attention to the whole process. Let's take a closer look at both so you can get the right tools for your kitchen arsenal.

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Best Types of Foods

Meat, Stews, Chili, Soups and DipsRice, Beans, Sauces and Stocks

Slow Cookers

Advantages of a Slow Cooker

  • Better meat dishes - The slow, hours long process helps meat retain moisture, flavor and an amazing, tender texture.
  • More flavor in your foods – Due to the long cooking time, you will enjoy a better distribution of flavors through various recipes. 
  • All day cooking - The long cooking process means you can set your meal up before leaving for the day and come home to a fully cooked meal.
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Disadvantages of a Slow Cooker

  • Time involved – Slow cookers take a long time to cook a meal, typically at least 3 to 4 hours.
  • Space constraint – They take up place on the countertop which can be a problem when space is at a premium.

 

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Pressure Cookers

Advantages of a Pressure Cooker

  • Quick meals – Pressure cookers are 70% faster than other traditional methods of cooking which means you can get to the tastiness quicker.
  • Versatile modes A pressure cooker can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from a steamer to a sauce pan.
  • Less space – They take up very little room and can be easily accommodated in your kitchen area.
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Disadvantages of a Pressure Cooker

  • Maintenance – The appliance has to be cleaned thoroughly after every use and debris must be removed from the gasket. The sealing ring needs to be replaced once a year if it is damaged.
  • Meat and stews - Roasts and recipes like stews that need time to cook won't retain the moisture and flavor in a pressure cooker that is desired.

 

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