Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker


MaryAnnI bought my pressure cooker a few years ago after reading an article in Mother Earth News magazine. After a bit of research I chose a stovetop model by Presto and fell in love with pressure cooking. My favorite thing to cook in the pressure cooker is risotto, it takes seven minutes, half the stock and no stirring. Add some vegetables and leftover meat and I can have a meal on the table in less than 10 minutes. Frozen meat, no problem, and broth takes about 20 minutes, no simmering on the stove for the entire day. I usually have a plan for dinner but there have been plenty of nights where the day didn’t go as planned and I find myself at 6 o’clock starving, tired and wondering what to do. The pressure cooker has saved us from eating out many a nights.

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Last summer when I was working long Saturday hours helping out at two of the local farms we started eating pizza a lot for dinner. I wanted to go back to home cooked meals so I thought I’d try a slow cooker. I know many people who swear by their slow cooker for getting meals together and I thought if I could get it all in the pot in the morning before I left for market than I wouldn’t have to worry about making dinner when I got home at 7, too tired to even think about making risotto. It did help being able to get everything in the pot the night before and then my husband would plug it in and start the cooking so by the time I got home we could eat dinner. So far though I have mixed feeling on the slow cooker.

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10/24/2014 8:53:18 AM

Try putting the slow cooker on a timer such as used to turn lights on and off when you are away.

8/24/2014 6:08:14 PM

I use both. Pressure cooker when I am short on time because I have unexpected dinner guests coming over in a couple hours. Otherwise I use my slow cooker ALL the time. It also allows me to make large batches of soups, stews, inexpensive cuts of meat to save in quart size containers in the freezer. Which also saves me money. I also give slow cookers and pressure cookers to family and friends as gifts. And a small slow cooker is great for a college student or elderly single person.

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