Which is better for making your own soups, a pressure cooker or a slow cooker?

  • Posted by: @murphpj
  • November 20, 2010


Gale November 21, 2010
Actually, they work very well for soup. One can have a very good barley, beef and mushroom in 15-20m for example. I know one does not get the depth of flavor from a looooong simmer but it's surely better than opening a can. Where cooking fuels are expensive people have been making soups and stews in pressure cookers for years. And they are invaluable for those who get home at 6 and want to have a decent supper before 10. More of us here in the US should be familiar with all they can do.
TheWimpyVegetarian November 21, 2010
I've never used a pressure cooker for soups, but it might work. But they're designed for speed and I think what you could lose is a well-developed flavor base you get from slow sauteeing of onions, celery, carrots, etc.
Gale November 20, 2010
Slow cookers work well for those who can't be home watching the simmering pot on a cooker. A pressure cooker is a great asset when in a hurry and want a decent soup in a short time. There are lots of good recipes out there for both.
pierino November 20, 2010
Neither. And they are kind of contradictory. A pressure cooker speeds up cooking, and a slow cooker, well... A soup pot on a kitchen burner simmering away, uncovered is the best method.
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