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Old 08-04-2018, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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I do like it better. It does in an hour or less what would take the crock pot 12 hours, which means I don't have to smell food cooking for as long, and it's better at preserving texture and flavor. It is possible to destroy veggies in it, but once you get past the learning curve, it's pretty good.

I love the smell! It's one of my favorite parts of Crock pot cooking~
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:53 AM
 
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I used to think with a crock pot you throw all the ingredients in and it just starts cooking for hours and after you have a whole meal, but you actually have to do some pre-cooking of meats, but no matter, the aromas are divine and the deliciousness of the meals worth it.
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Old 08-05-2018, 02:13 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I love the smell! It's one of my favorite parts of Crock pot cooking~
I used to, but I've had a lot of stomach issues in recent years and smelling food all day makes me really nauseated now.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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We have a large crockpot and also an Instant Pot. Both of them have their place. I like to toss food into the crockpot and let it cook all day or all night so it is ready the next day, and we use the Instant Pot when we are in a hurry or want to make something special.

Each one has a unique, distinctive flavor IMO.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Boiling is a fast cooking method, and crockpots are called slow cookers.

So no.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Got it. Thanks, I see the difference. Now I've got to research "Instant Pot" -- is it a pressure cooker?
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Got it. Thanks, I see the difference. Now I've got to research "Instant Pot" -- is it a pressure cooker?
It's an electric pressure cooker. It also has a slow cooker function but that doesn't work as well as a traditional slow cooker. But the pressure cooking function is awesome. I didn't get rid of my slow cookers because they do come in handy for a couple of things, like keeping food hot on a buffet.

But I rarely use them to cook anymore as I think things cooked in the Instant Pot come out so much better - the flavors of the individual ingredients keep some of their individuality and I also prefer the texture of the food cooked in it. And it's just so quick and easy to use.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:24 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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I do like it better. It does in an hour or less what would take the crock pot 12 hours, which means I don't have to smell food cooking for as long, and it's better at preserving texture and flavor. It is possible to destroy veggies in it, but once you get past the learning curve, it's pretty good.
Okay. You knew this was coming. What are a couple of great PC recipes I could try? I've got one but haven't used it in -- well, can't actually remember.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I love my instant pot! I can use it as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, whatever. And I agree that cooking in a pressure cooker definitely doesn't make the food as mushy and dull looking as cooking for 10 hours in a crock. But the crock is great to have something cook while I'm out and be done as soon as you walk in the door. I've never tried leaving my instant pot on crock setting all day while I'm out.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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It IS a boil. Not even a slow boil in the newer crockpots. The original crockpots simmered and were true slow-cookers. Then someone decided the temps were too low and required all crockpots to increase the temp to boiling point. The difference between "lo" and "high" isn't the final temperature, it's how long it takes to get there.

There are directions on the internet for how to add a dimmer switch to a crockpot to make it a true slow cooker again - with temperature feedback so you can set it to cook at a specific temperature. I'll stick with an Instant Pot. That stuff is already all built in = IF you need it, given its faster and easier to cook most anything on the pressure cooker settings anyway.
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