Multi-Cooker 101: What's the Difference Between Slow Cooking and Pressure Cooking?

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

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.

And did you know that a multi-cooker can function as a pressure cooker AND a slow cooker? In fact, that's what Melissa used to demonstrate two of her recipes on our show.

"You [could] have dinner in an hour instead of 12 hours," food writer Melissa Clark explains of pressure cooking (using either an electric pressure cooker or a multi-cooker's pressure cooker setting). "It uses pressure and heat."

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

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But if you already have a slow cooker that you're attached to -- and you don’t want to buy a pressure cooker or a multi-cooker -- some of 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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