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Instant Pot vs Crock Pot: Which One's Better?

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Time to settle the battle once and for all! Instant Pot vs Crock Pot- which one’s really the best when it comes to taking out the stress from cooking! 

When it comes to buying cooking appliances, you might be spoilt for choice. And while that’s a good thing, it does make taking your pick so much more confusing. So which is the one you should get your hands on? Is it a slow cooker that everyone’s talking about? Or is it that magical appliance that’s an all-time favorite? 

Let’s finally have an Instant Pot vs Crock Pot battle and find out! 

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What’s the Difference?

Chances are, you’ve heard about both, but are not really sure of what’s the difference between them both. If that’s you, here’s a bit of help. 

The Instant Pot is a multifunctional device. It can cook, steam, warm and sauté (like these awesome garlicky parsley potatoes) your food, all in a shorter span of time by using pressure. 

A Crock Pot, in contrast, is a slow cooker, perfect for when you want to cook food for a longer period of time at a lower, consistent temperature. 

Crock Pot: The Highs and Lows

One of the biggest pros of a Crock-Pot is that it is super cost effective as opposed to an Instant Pot, which can turn out to be quite an investment.

Plus, your food will be cooking at a low temperature, which means there’s virtually no risk of burning, and anything you cook in there will turn out super tender. 

On the downside, cooking in the Crock-Pot can take longer, which means it is not one of those devices you’d want to use when you want to whip up a quick home cooked meal. 

Instant Pot: The Highs and Lows

The Instant Pot is a hot favorite for many reasons.

First, it gets the job done quickly and effectively, making it perfect for when you’re on a time crunch but still don’t want to order takeout.

Second, it is also one of those devices that allows you to cook foods in big batches and freeze and store them for later. What’s more, since it actually pressure cooks your food, you’ll be utilizing much less energy. 

The downside to the Instant Pot is that it is actually pretty easy to overcook your food if you aren’t careful or following a recipe. Just make sure you stick to the timing you’ve been advised to, and you should be good to go! 

So Which One’s Better?

Well, honestly, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. What you should pick all really depends on your personal preference and your cooking style.

If you’re someone who’s always in a rush, and want to adopt healthier eating habits by cooking your own meals, but don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, the Instant Pot (or Ninja Foodi) is the appliance you’re looking for. 

But if you only care about slow cooking and don’t really want to spend a lot, the Crock Pot is definitely the best option for you. 

Is there a difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot?

A slow cooker is the same thing as what is often called a crock pot. Crockpot is actually a brand that has many products, most notably slow cookers. Many people simply refer to any slow cooker as a crockpot because the words have come to be mostly interchangeable.

If things weren't confusing enough, Crockpot brand has a pressure cooker too.

What are the best things to cook in a crock pot?

Anything you'd like to slow cook will be wonderful to cook in a Crockpot. A few favorites are roast beef, sweet and sour chicken, and crack chicken chili.

What are the best things to cook in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker?

Some favorite recipes are also easy pressure cooker recipes. If you're new to cooking with an Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi, make Kraft Mac and Cheese to test out your new kitchen appliance. Pressure cooking Mac and cheese makes a perfect creamy cheese pasta that is so delicious. It might be easy to make on the stovetop, but it tastes better with this cooking method.

Panera soup and chicken curry are two other Instant Pot recipes you'll want to try.

What does an Instant Pot do?

An Instant Pot is a multi-function cooker, but what it does depends on the specific Instant Pot that you purchase. Some of the main functions you'll find with an Instant Pot are: pressure cooker, porridge, rice, steam, and yogurt setting.

Some Instant Pots also have a roasting, sous vide, dehydrate and air fryer function.

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