Slow cookers and pressure cookers have the capacity to turn a cheap cut of meat into braised perfection. Both can create meat that falls off the bone, sauces that are rich in flavour and curries with complex flavours. So what sets these appliances apart?
We caught up with our friends at Breville to find out how slow and pressure cookers work, what to cook with them and to get a few recipe ideas that can be cooked in either your slow cooker or your pressure cooker.
- Cooks gently over a long period of time in a covered environment
- Temperature that you can customise which is great for all day cooking when you are away from the house
- Heat is evenly distributed from the bottom of the vessel
What to cook
The best part about the slow cooker is that you don’t need to spend a lot on ingredients. Cheap cuts of meat such as blade steak, break down perfectly in the slow cooking process as do other ingredients like onions, carrots and celery or potatoes. You can do anything in a slow cooker from stews, to curries, braises, shanks, soups and even pastries.
While there isn’t much you can’t cook in a slow cooker there are a few things to be aware of. Due to the slow and long cooking time, it’s best to add in certain ingredients toward the end of your cooking time. For example green vegetables, peas, or fast cooking legumes. These kind of ingredients will break down into an un-desirable texture if cooked for too long.
Achieving slow cooking success is all about the beginning phase of the cooking process. Brown meat beautifully and combine simple flavour combinations and you are on your way to a great dish.
- Achieves a much quicker cooking time than conventional cooking methods
- Pressure cooking happens when water or liquid within the cooker produces steam
- The steam builds creating pressure and high temperatures within the cooker
What to cook
You can cook similar recipes in your pressure cooker that you would cook in your slow cooker. Soups, stews, braises and curries just to name a few, but the pressurised method means that your food will be ready in a shorter time frame.
Remember that when pressure cooking, you need to leave the appliance alone. So all ingredients must go in at the beginning, which is great for soups and fantastic for achieving a rich flavoured sauce. Try plain rice (it takes only a few minutes to become fluffy) and a creamy risotto recipe for a few delicious options that will get you used to pressure cooking.
Ideas for Slow and Pressure Cooking
These delicious recipes are great for the slow cooker and also have an option to alter the recipe for your pressure cooker:
*DISCLAIMER: Breville is a contributing recipe Partner at myfoodbook.com.au. This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Breville and our own opinions. Find out more information about the range of slow and pressure cookers from Breville.