Slow cooking became popular because it is very simple, you only have to put all the ingredients you want to use and let it simmer for hours. For busy people this method is really helpful. You can put the food and just let it cook by itself while you are at work or doing other activities. Then the food will be done when you get home. When it is about slow cooking the name crock pot must be familiar to you. This kitchen appliance has been around for quite some times and known for its main purpose to do slow cooking. Aside from crock pot there is one other appliance which is made to do the same task, it is instant pot. How are these two kitchen appliance different. In this article we will give you information about crock pot and instant pot.
Crock pot is an electric cookware made for the purpose of simmering food at lower temperature compared to other cooking method such as, baking, boiling, and frying. This cooking ware allow you to leave your cooking unattended for many hours, you can use this appliance to cook food which usually prepared by boiling such as, pot roast, soups, stews and similar dishes. Crock pot is a slow cooker appliance manufactured by Sunbeam Products which currently owned by Newell Brands company.
Sunbeam products is an American based company which its main activity is manufacturing home appliances. The company has been existed since 1910. Their other products includes Mixmaster Mixer, the Sunbeam CG waffle iron, Coffeemaster (discontinued), and the automatic T20 toaster.
Crock pot have an oval shape and comes in variety of sizes. The most common size is the 6 quarts, 7 quarts, and 8 quartz. Crock Pot have a modern setting which can be used to measure cooking time. It can cook food in a high heat for 4 to 6 hours, while in low heat for 8 to 10 hour. When the timer is up crock pot will automatically shift to the warm setting to keep your food in an ideal serving temperature.
Crock pot comes in various sizes, it is available in in 6 quart, 7 quart, and 8 quart. Crock pot also have the manual and programmable products. The manual crock pot does not have a display panel and only featured with a controller. The programmable crock pot have a display to let us decide the cooking time between 30 minutes up to 20 hours. The oval stoneware inside also can be removed and easily cleaned, it also claimed to be microwave and oven friendly. Aside from its standard silver crock pot, they also made black and red variants. Somehow the red one tend to be pricier than the other.
Instant pot is a type of kitchen appliance which combined pressure cooker and slow cooker controlled by electricity. The instant pot was first marketed as a 7-in-1 kitchen appliance and were designed to combine the process of cooking and preparing the food in one device. This kitchen appliance is manufactured by Double Insight, a company founded by Robert Wang, Yi Qin and other partners.
Robert Wang is the one who was given credited in inventing instant pot in 2008. He was working together with Yi Qin and a friend, all former employee of Nortel. The first instant pot is trying to combine pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, steamer, and food warmer. The first model was under construction and development for about 18 months.
The instant pot that being marketed today available in 3 quarts, 6 quartz, and 8 quartz. Instant pot can be used to make many kind of food. It has been programmed to be able to make soup or broth, cooking meat or making stew, making cake, to do sauteing, cooking rice, cooking multigrain and making porridge as easy as pressing a button. It also can keep food warm for 10 hours and can be set with three different temperatures when sauteing and slow cooking. It was built with a display panel and fingerprint resistant brushed stainless steel.
Instant pot is made with a stainless steel in the inner cooking pot. The material is food grade 304 and have no chemical coating. It has 3 ply bottom to even heat distribution. Instant pot is sold with accessories such as, stainless steel steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, recipe booklet, manual and time table. The inside cooking pot which made out of stainless steel is also can be removed and cleaned easily.
Crock Pot vs Instant Pot
|Crock Pot||Instant Pot|
|- It main purpose is to do slow cooking||- It was multifunctional appliance; it is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, can be used to sauté, steam, and warm food|
|- Is less pricier than instant pot||- It is pricier than crockpot|
|- The panel do not have the adjust and delay settings||- It have the adjust and delay settings|
|- It used stoneware cooking pot||- It used stainless steel cooking pot|
Like it have said above, crock pot and instant pot are two different kitchen appliance made to do similar things. Crock pot is clearly have been in the market longer than instant pot. Both of them is known because of their ability to do slow cooking. The older version of crock pot doesn’t have the timer but the newer one is also featured with timer and panel. These feature is similar with instant pot. When it comes to their performance many people have different opinions some might said crock pot is better and some might said the opposite. The choice is only yours to make.