INSTANT POT vs. SLOW COOKER – Which should YOU get?? | The Starving Chef


From Instant Pots to slow cookers, it can
be hard to tell which appliance is perfect for your personal needs. What’s up hungry people. Welcome to the Starving Chef’s kitchen. Today we are going to take a look at the two
most popular, and probably most disputed, kitchen appliances that are around: the super
trendy Instant Pot and the classic slow cooker. Slow cookers and crock pots have been around
forever. But the main concept is still pretty much
the same: Just set-it and forget it. Crock pots and slow cookers are really good
for dump dinners, where you just throw all the ingredients in there, turn it on and then
let it go for like, 8-10 hours. It should cook everything throughly so that
means they are really good for making roasts and stews, and basically any recipes you don’t
want to stand around and work on. But the problem is, is that a lot of slow
cooker recipes do require extra steps in order to actually get good results. And that can be anywhere from searing your
meat before you put it into the slow cooker to cooking down your onions until they are
dark brown and caramelized. While ‘set-it and forget-it’ sounds great,
there a lot higher chances you will literally forget it. A benefit to slow cooking is that you don’t
really need to worry about a temperature. Most slow cookers and crock pots have one
or two settings – usually a low, high and then like a ‘keep warm’ setting. If you can figure out which setting is best
for your recipe, then it may do the trick. BUT. The problem is, is that most slow cookers,
especially crock pots, do not have an ‘auto-off’ function. So you can set them to cook for ten hours,
and then they just keep cooking if you don’t turn them off. Now while that may not be true for every single
kind and brand of slow cookers and crock pot, mine is very much one of the ones that
does not have an auto-off function. If I want my food to stay warm, I have to
manually set it to a ‘keep warm setting.’ Now maybe I should get a new slow cooker,
but that’s why I got the Instant Pot. Here we have the AMAZING INSTANT POT. Super popular for wedding gifts and for gifts
you don’t know what to get your grown daughter, Instant Pots are slowly replacing the slow
cooker world. While the Instant Pot name implies instant
results, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, if you’re pressurizing something
it could take considerably longer. For example, if you’re cooking a pork loin
from frozen you’ll want to cook it on a high pressure
for about seven to ten minutes. But the problem is, is before you even get
to that seven to ten minutes, you have to let the Instant Pot pressurize and that could
take anywhere from fifteen to twenty minutes. And THEN the seven to ten minute timer starts,
and then there’s ANOTHER depressurizing session after the food is done cooking. So really, you are taking a ten minute recipe
and making it about forty minutes long because you have to wait so long for the Instant Pot
actually get ready. But pressure cooking part of the Instant Pot,
while it may be one of the best features, it is certainly not the only one. Instant Pots are awesome because of how versatile
they are. If you want to pressure cook something, that’s
not a problem. But if you also want to slow cook something,
there’s a setting for that. If you want to make a soup, theres settings
for that. If you want to make yogurt, there’s setting
for yogurt! I already got rid of my rice steamer because
the Instant Pot has a rice steaming option! So which one is better? Honestly, I’m going to have to go with the
Instant Pot on this one. While my slow cooker was definitely one of
the very first appliances in my kitchen, and it has had a very good run, it definitely
cannot complete with all the different functions and settings that your Instant Pot will give
you. I can’t cook yogurt quite as well in my slow
cooker as I can in my Instant Pot. It’s the Instant Pot’s all-in-one functionality
that puts me firmly in the corner of the Instant Pot in this debate. So which one do you prefer? Let me know down in the comments below. Don’t forget to hit that like button if you
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soon.

6 comments on “INSTANT POT vs. SLOW COOKER – Which should YOU get?? | The Starving Chef”

  1. Brooke Lark says:

    I HEART your personality. YASSSSS.

  2. Donna Urso says:

    I have a slow cooker that has a stovetop function for browning and an automatic warm function when cooking is done, so I love it. I've considered the Instant Pot, but I try to avoid buying kitchen additional appliances. I think the time it takes to pressure up and pressure down might annoy me.

  3. Sprinkles by Stacey says:

    Haha, you totally crack me up! You are so awesome! Instant pot, but not instant results and then with the slow cooker. 🙂 The only time I use my slow cooker is to keep food hot for birthday parties. I honestly love my Joule! I love that I can sous vide at home like what I used to do in the industry, before kids.

  4. Don Wald says:

    Newer slow cookers: low = rapid boil, high = violent boil, keep warm = slow boil. Damn government meddling. Thanks Obama!

  5. ALEX LI says:

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  6. niacal4nia says:

    My $12 4cup rice cooker makes better rice and my tiny $10 slow cooker cooks meat more tender. My old school stove pressure cooker is the fastest and last but not least my instant pot makes everything but doesn't taste as good. Jack of all trades, master of none.

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