Instant Pot Versus Slow Cooker
When you start to look into the benefits of using an Instant Pot, you may notice that there’s quite a bit of overlap with the benefits of using a slow cooker.
Both appliances are:
- good at cooking large, inexpensive cuts of meat like pork and beef roasts
- great at cooking beans, soups, stews, chilies and the likes.
- also great for busy home cooks, since they allow you to put everything in, turn it on, and let the food cook itself. No stirring pots and watching the stove required.
- In addition, both are electric appliances that sit on your counter top and plug into an available outlet. So they help reduce the hydro costs in your kitchen as opposed to using the stove and oven.
- You can move them around as needed, they use up approximately the same amount of space,
- and you can take them with you to a family get-together, vacations etc.
- They even both excel at keeping food piping hot until you’re ready to eat.
So What Is The Difference?
The biggest difference between the Instant Pot and the Slow Cooker is cooking time.
- The slow cooker is designed to cook your meal low and slow. The average slow cooker dish takes six to ten hours to cook.
- The Instant Pot on the other hand will cook most meals in under an hour from start to finish.
Your slow cooker is limited to what added functions it can do because it is specifically designed to cook your meals low and slow.
However, the Instant Pot is designed to actually have you replace some other small kitchen appliances you may already own. This alone will free up space in your kitchen, helping you to declutter and minimalize.
For instance, depending on the Instant Pot model you pick up, such as the 7-in-1 model I own, you can do the following cooking tasks:
- saute meats and vegetables
- pressure cook, of course
- can be used as a slow cooker
- rice cooker
- yogurt maker
- vegetable steamer
- pasteurize milk
- food warmer
Versatility And Minimalist Option
If you want more versatility all wrapped up in one appliance, the Instant Pot is the way to go. All while giving you the ability to cook a wholesome home cooked meal in a very short time. I encourage you to give it a try and see if it becomes one of the most used kitchen appliances in your house like it has in mine. As my kitchen area is both small in counter space and storage, I am always looking for ways to have items that are multi-purpose.
The Instant Pot is just one kitchen appliance that will EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
The Instant Pot with its variety of cooking functions is such a great multipurpose cooking appliance. As a result, it has earned its place in my kitchen as the 1 item that can replace several other items. Decluttering and freeing up space. Win – win for sure.
So, if you are seeking a minimalist lifestyle, then the Instant Pot is one such way to help you accomplish this goal.
If on the other hand you are comfortable with your slow cooker and good about planning ahead long enough to start your dinner in it, you may find that you have no need for an Instant Pot.
Similarly, if you think the hissing and steaming, or simply the idea of having a pressure cooking device in your kitchen scares you then you’re probably better off sticking to your slow cooker.
That being said, with:
- the 10 safety features built in
- and the easy to use digital display,
- using an Instant Pot is just as simple and easy as your favorite slow cooker.
If you’re feeling a little intimidated, I encourage you to get one and give it a try. After preparing your first two or three meals in it, you’ll be wondering what you were worried about in the first place. And you’ll wonder what you are going to do with all of the extra cupboard space too.