Instant Pot Versus Crock-Pot
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Curious to know the differences between a Crock-Pot slow cooker and an Instant Pot pressure cooker? I get asked this question sometimes when we post Instant Pot recipes, so today I’m pointing out some key differences between these two popular kitchen appliances.
How They Cook
Slow Cookers and electric pressure cookers can produce similar end results, but they cook in entirely different ways.
Crock-Pot slow cookers cook at a consistently low, steady heat for hours at a time. On the low setting, it takes about 7-8 hours for it to reach just below the boiling point at 209 degrees, and 3-4 hours on the high setting, according to crock-pot.com.
Instant Pot pressure cookers create an airtight sealed environment that locks in steam, builds extreme pressure and raises the boiling point of water to 250°. This is why they can cook meals up to 70% faster than conventional methods.
The Instant Pot’s exterior housing is fully insulated with two layers of air pockets between the cooking inner pot and exterior. It’s fully sealed when under pressure.
Essentially, slow cookers are electric pots with stoneware inserts. They typically have a heavy lid that holds in heat and moisture which minimizes evaporation, but is not fully sealed when cooking.
Energy Efficiency/No Cooking Smells
Pressure cookers use up to 70% less on energy because of the significantly less cooking time. They also don’t put off as much heat on the outside when touched compared to a slow cooker and there’s really no cooking smells in your kitchen due to the lid being sealed with an Instant Pot.
While most slow cookers have HIGH and LOW, and WARM cooking functions, the Instant Pot has 14 different cooking features such as Soup, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, etc.
When using a slow cooker, we typically have to plan ahead of time and put ingredients inside before leaving the house for the day. With the Instant Pot, you can usually cook a meal in under an hour without standing over the stove or oven. So if you’re a last minute dinner procrastinator like me, this can be a lifesaver! ☺️
While both kitchen appliances are easy to use, the Instant Pot does require a little extra effort at first. Learning how the machine comes to pressure, cooks, and then how to release the pressure takes a time or two to feel comfortable. Once you have the hang of it though, it’s very simple and manageable!
Which do I prefer?
I personally love BOTH and will keep using them to make yummy meals for my family! I feel like the Instant Pot helps me out especially for last minute meal prep, and saves me money from deciding to eat out last minute. The Crock-Pot slow cooker is a simple classic I will always use.
They both are so versatile and I enjoy trying different recipes in each appliance!
Need Easy Instant Pot Recipe Inspiration?
Check out these simple and delicious Instant Pot recipes we’ve shared previously.
- 30 Minute Pressure Cooker Ribs
- Baked Potato Soup
- Homemade Baked Potato Soup
- Homemade Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Hamburger Stroganoff
- Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad
- Cook Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Together in Under an Hour
- Weeknight Mongolian Beef
Looking for delicious Crock-Pot recipe ideas?
Here are some of our favorite tried and truly winning Crock-Pot recipes.
- Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna
- Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken
- Slow Cooker Cowboy Supper
- Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Bowls
- Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
- Easy Slow Cooker Pot-roast
- Slow Cooker Sausage & Corn Chowder
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin & Ground Turkey Chili
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