The world is grappling through a very grave pandemic which has shaken the planet down to its very foundation. Never before has anyone all over experienced such a siege atleast in 100 years.
Due to this, everyone is now confined to their house since the past few weeks and the seriousness of this virus can be gauged from the fact that two superpower nations, USA and Italy, having the best medical facilities in the world, are the most affected by this China-originated virus.
While at home, there are many things that can be done to pass the time like watching television, listening to music, etc. but we can also discuss about something different that may have escaped the mind.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to polish your culinary skills but first you need to learn about how to cook. Apart from this, your knowledge on different types of cuisine has to be sound and above all, you need to know about cooking utensils like pressure cooker and instant pot, the vessels in which the food is normally cooked and served.
A novice in this field will not have any idea and would normally associate any pot or pan in which he sees food or water being heated as a pressure cooker but that is not the case.
Food lovers are not interested in whether the food they eat is cooked in a pot or pressure cooker if it satisfies their hunger but if you want to learn cooking, this is a nice place to begin with.
Therefore, we will analyze both of them one by one and this comparison is not to show one up on the other but simply for other people to choose their utensil on the basis of preference.
It is basically defined as a multi cooker, which is an appliance for automated cooking and is measured with the help of a timer. Being multi cookers, they are electrical in nature and are considered a combination of slow and fast pressure cookers.
Over the years, there have been instant pots of many reputed brands that have churned out non-pressure cookers as well that blend perfectly with their counterparts along with rice cookers as well.
Instant pots have different benefits like the ability to cook frozen meat at a faster pace and increasing the flavor of the food by steaming it in the right amount of time and quite fast in nature.
- It is made of stainless steel and therefore repels dirt in an instant
- It is quite versatile in nature as its built in sauté function helps in heating vegetables and meat of the exact quantity into it
- The food that is cooked does not get cold as the ‘keep warm’ option keeps it warm and pleasant
- Sometimes it does not live up to its name as the pot takes time to pressurize and cook as the steam has to be captured at 210 F which takes at least an hour
- Despite the food being healthy, it can kill off the nutritional content and minerals in it
- Due to its bulky frame, it takes a lot of time to clean it up in its entirety
When the food is being cooked in a utensil with high temperature and pressure, then it can be termed as a pressure cooker, which is the most common vessel used for cooking food all over the world.
It is done so to limit down the boiling point and can tolerate temperatures as high as 100-140 degree Celsius.
- It does not kill the nutrients and minerals of the healthy food being cooked
- It cooks food about half an hour early
- As the heat is locked in the pot, the kitchen will remain cooler and come to no harm
- You cannot cook too many items at the same time as different types of vegetables and items cook quickly or slowly depending on their size
- You cannot monitor the progress you have made
- Once the food is placed inside, you cannot adjust or replace it
The argument above was not to stir up an Instant Pot Vs Pressure cooker debate, but simply to help first time cooks select their utensils for cooking.