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When to Use a Slow Cooker vs a Pressure Cooker [Video]

Do you actually need a slow cooker and a pressure cooker? In this month’s video and blog post, Sandy Wolner, RDN, shows us why both slow cookers and pressure cookers are great additions to your kitchen.

In this episode of “In the Kitchen With Pampered Chef,” Sandy spotlights how both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker are fantastic “hands-off” cooking methods for those times when you have a lot going on, but still want to make a fresh, homemade meal. Deciding whether the slow cooker or the pressure cooker is the right tool for you just depends on what your personal schedule looks like.

Slow cooking uses gentle heat to cook foods over long periods of time, which means that you can leave it for longer periods of time and come back to a nice, hot cooked meal. It just takes a little bit of planning to get your food ready to begin cooking earlier in the day. Pressure cooking is for those last-minute meals when you’ve forgotten to take the chicken out of the freezer. No matter how crunched you are for time, a pressure cooker will cook up a delicious meal in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

So, if you’re looking for kitchen tools that will make your life a lot easier, the slow cooker and pressure cooker are excellent hands-off options. A slow cooker is perfect for coming home to a hot meal, while a pressure cooker is the best for those nights when you just need dinner done fast.

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