Cooking Tips

What's the Difference Between a Slow Cooker and a Pressure Cooker?

by Cristina Corvino 2:53 PM, November 1, 2017

Aired November 2, 2017

No-fuss cooking is what everyone’s after these days, right?

And despite being fundamentally different, both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker are your pals for that -- in their own ways.

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What’s the actual difference between the two, you ask?

Well, in short, pressure cookers work their magic instantly, while slow cookers do it, well, slowly.

"You [could] have dinner in an hour instead of 12 hours," food writer Melissa Clark explains of the benefits of an electric pressure cooker. "It uses pressure and heat."

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And with her new book, “Dinner In An Instant” -- inspired by her viral NYT article -- she’s walking the walk!

But if you already have a slow cooker that you’re attached to -- and you don’t want to buy a pressure cooker -- Melissa’s recipes can be adapted for slow cookers, too!

Want to give it a go? Try her Maple Chile Glazed Sweet Potatoes (she says they’re done in FOUR MINUTES) or her Butternut Squash Soup with Coriander (which you can make now and freeze for Thanksgiving).


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