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Crock Pot or Pressure Cooker?

I am a huge fan of crock pot cooking, but know that many cooks make frequent use of a pressure cooker. I'm trying to decide if I should invest in a pressure cooker, so I'm looking for opinions. I understand a pressure cooker cooks food in much less time and seals the nutrients into the food. I am pretty sure that crock pot cooking holds in most nutrients. Gone are the days when pressure cookers were rather unsafe appliances, but still for me, the stigma remains. Which camp are you in and why?

I use a crock potslow cooker

7 votes / 63% 7 votes / 63 %

I use a pressure cooker

1 votes / 9% 1 votes / 9 %

It depends on what Im cooking. I may use the crock potslow cooker or the pressure cooker

2 votes / 18% 2 votes / 18 %

What is a crock pot?

1 votes / 9% 1 votes / 9 %
This poll has received 11 vote(s) so far.

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GemOfAGirl wrote on September 16, 2014, 3:17 PM

The last time I even saw a pressure cooker was in my mom's kitchen in the 1970's.

melody23 wrote on September 16, 2014, 3:21 PM

I own both and almost never use either lol. I use the pressure cooker pot as a soup pot (I don't put the lid on that way its just a big pot) I have an old fashioned pressure cooker that is older than me, it was handed down to my mother and she gave it to me because she didn't use it, its the type with the missile like thingy on the top that you need to be very careful with or you end up with a hole in your ceiling! and yes that is from experience lol

MegL wrote on September 16, 2014, 3:29 PM

I used to use a pressure cooker but once it "broke" (needed a new weight) I didn't bother getting a new one. They are very useful and quick and the food is extremely tender and tasty, however, I could not leave it to look after itself. Also, different foods cook at different times, so yo have to keep opening and closing the cooker. I got a slow cooker about 10 years ago and I wish I had had one earlier. Food is tasty, very tender and I can set the crockpot going and then leave it, to come back to a meal, some hours later, that is tasty and nutritious and ready to eat.

LoudMan wrote on September 16, 2014, 4:17 PM

I've always wanted to get a pressure cooker for the purposes of making a still. But now that booze is out of the picture, I'd only get one for more amazing pot roasts. Mmmm.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:07 PM

I haven't seen one "in person" since then either. My mom put me off on pressure cookers, citing how dangerous they could be. I realize the ones made nowadays are much safer, but I haven't taken the leap yet.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:08 PM

Lol, I know I would never be using that old pressure cooker -- it sounds a lot like the one my Mom had and hated.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:10 PM

Yes, that's how I feel about using the crock pot, too. I'm considering purchasing a unit that has multiple uses, one of which is as a pressure cooker, but it's a nearly $100 investment, so I am really on the fence.

Feisty56 wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:11 PM

I am so naive, I had no idea pressure cookers could be used to make a still. I've been thinking that when cooking for the entire family at holidays, a pressure cooker might speed up some of the processes.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 16, 2014, 7:50 PM

LOL - My mom had one of those, too. And my dad repaired the ceiling more than once!

BarbRad wrote on September 17, 2014, 3:30 AM

I haven't used a pressure cooker in ages, and still have one somewhere that is relatively old. It still intimidates me a bit.

aolo wrote on September 17, 2014, 3:48 AM

whats a crock pot?? I have no idea or maybe am not familiar with the name?? Google here I come....
btw how did you manage to put the voting thing?? Interesting

suffolkjason wrote on September 17, 2014, 8:51 AM

Definitely not my area of expertise - though I am good at eating what comes out of them!

Nicky wrote on September 17, 2014, 1:25 PM

I prefer the pressure cooker, it does lessen the time for cooking a decent meal.

Ruby3881 wrote on September 17, 2014, 5:52 PM

I never really saw much point in using a pressure cooker. I'm not at all uncomfortable with them, but I generally feel that if I want to cook something that fast I might as well use the microwave. I have used a pressure canner, on the other hand. That's a useful piece of equipment if you want to can meats or meat sauces, as well as vegetables emoticon :smile:
I love my crockpot. I use it at least once or twice a week, if not more often :)

JanetJenson wrote on October 3, 2014, 1:49 AM

I love my pressure cooker, but it is a 6 in 1 electronic cooker and therefore does slow cooking as well as pressure cooking, steaming, browning, rice, and more. I wanted to get one that also does pressure frying but so far I have only seen those as stand alones or 8 quart size and I don't want to take up so much space as a 4 quart cooker is plenty big enough for me.

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:54 AM

I use the crock pot and I have never used a pressure cooker. I think that my grandma had one once upon a time but I am not sure.