Okay friends…today, I’m going to get all sorts of controversial.
Opinions will be strong.
Some of you will lose your tempers.
Everyone will be on one side or the other.
BUT after a year, I feel like it’s time to finally talk about it openly.
Are you ready?
I’m going to tell you my honest thoughts about both the slow cooker and the instant pot.
Just breathe, people. I really hope I don’t offend you. Hahaha!
Okay, about a year ago, I bought myself this…
…an Instant Pot.
I honest to goodness don’t think I’ve ever discussed a topic more on my blog than whether or not I should buy an Instant Pot. We beat the topic down over here until finally, I decided to bite the bullet and buy one (I bought THIS ONE).
Almost exactly one year ago today, I did an Instant Pot First Timers Review that you can read HERE. I go step by step through my first Instant Pot experience and explain my thoughts using it. Since then, I bet I’ve used it around 20 times, and now have a better handle on the whole Instant Pot craze…and today, I’m going to tell you my thoughts on it compared to my slow cooker. To be fair, I’ve used my Instant Pot about 20 times and my slow cooker about 2 million times, so clearly I have WAY more experience with one over the other. (Seriously, I’ve been using a slow cooker since I was like 10…so there is no way I could EVER put a number to the amount of times I’ve pulled it out…it would be INSANE!) That being said, when I was trying to decide if I was an Instant Pot person or not, I was looking for blog posts to spell it out for me, so hopefully, this can spell it out for many of you who are on the fence…
Hi, my name is Shay, and I am a slow cooker person.
(All of you Instant Pot people, don’t leave me…hang on just a minute!)
This last year, I’ve realized that the reason I am a “slow cooker person” is solely based on the time of day when I want to “mess” with dinner. Slow cooker people mess with dinner (a.k.a. put everything in their slow cooker) in the morning whereas Instant Pot people mess with dinner later in the day (late afternoon/early evening). I have more time in the morning than I do in the afternoon, I like the idea of leaving it and forgetting about it all day verses having to think about it when my kids get home from school, etc., so that makes the slow cooker a much better fit for my life. THAT BEING SAID, I have found that there are perks and advantages of the Instant Pot as well (which is why I still pull it out and use it!)…
INSTANT POT PERKS:
1: I pull the IP out mostly when I think I’m going to make something for dinner and then get lazy/distracted/run out of time/etc and instead of making it on the stovetop, I make it in the IP. For example, today’s recipe is a really easy Instant Pot Sausage, Peppers & Onions that I was going to make on the stove top, but my kids wanted to go out and play, so instead of standing there and babysitting it on the stove, I put it in the IP, set it, left it and went outside. Not having to babysit the stove is a huge perk to the IP!
2: It cuts down on the pots and pans that I use! Instead of having to get a pot out for multiple things, I can typically put it all in the IP (like you can add chicken and rice and they’ll pressurize together instead of cooking them separately). Plus, the IP allows you to sauté right inside the pot, so instead of having to sauté over the stove and transfer it, I can do it all in one thing.
So, there are some perks, but for me, there are also some negatives:
1: It’s harder to clean than my slow cooker. I use two different types of slow cookers. One I’ve had for 16 years and still use it all the time. It’s easy to clean out (just soap, water, rinse and dry) or I can use a slow cooker liner (sold where you buy baggies/foil/etc). My other one allows you to brown up things right inside the SC, and that rinses out really well too. The IP has multiple parts and a rubber ring that need to be cleaned, so even though it’s not complicated to clean it out, it just takes longer because there are more parts.
2: Most of the recipes I make in the IP can be made in the same amount of time on the stovetop (now, roasts and briskets cannot, but many of the jambalaya, pastas, chilis, etc can). I actually think many of the recipes can be made faster on the stove than in the IP.
3: It took me a long time to realize this next thing was true, but it is in fact the truth…the IP is not “instant”. By the time my pot comes up to the correct pressure, cooks and then de-pressurizes, even the easiest and fastest IP recipes can take almost an hour. For instance, today’s recipe only “cooks” for 10 minutes, but it will take you about 40 to make by the time the pot does everything it needs to do. I am probably super dumb for thinking this, but I thought the Instant Pot would be a little more “instant” than that.
Now, I get a lot of feedback from people when I tell them I’m not a huge IP fan that “but Shay, you can make a dozen eggs in 5 minutes!”, and I’ve tried this, but honestly, it takes longer than 5 minutes by the time the pot goes up to the right pressure, so I can also make it on the stove for the same amount of time or maybe even less???
So, the good old-fashioned slow cooker (a.k.a. crock pot) isn’t for everyone either! I know some of you have no time in the mornings and/or cannot keep food cooking because you’re gone long days (too long for the slow cooker), so for those of you who fall into that category, I can totally see where the IP saves the day. I am not giving up on my IP!! I still use it and plan on creating even more recipes with it because I know that for some of you, it really does help you out SO MUCH. If you haven’t made any of my IP recipes, try one of these…
and then today’s recipe…
If you’re looking for more Slow Cooker Recipes, I have like 5000 😉 . I even have…
So, I would LOVE to hear from those of you who use both and why you use each one each time. I would love to know your secrets, tricks and tips for either the Instant Pot or the Slow Cooker! Please comment and share!! In the meantime, I hope you all have the best Wednesday!!! xo