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The Breville Fast-Slow Cooker

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Having a childhood cyst overdosed with Penicillin made Stephen hyper allergic. From this he developed a keen interest in eating for health.

Introduction To Fast Slow Cooking

This is my new favorite kitchen gadget (after my Vitamix blender). When we changed over to mainly Vegan eating we found we were eating a lot more beans and pulses. In the Modern World where we are all living hectic and busy lives with tight schedules this is a problem!

We decided that pressure cooking would be a great solution to this issue as the cook times are so much shorter (often 60% or more less). We then realized that we had unused Air Miles as living in Nova Scotia there are very few outlets that actually give them. We checked and found that we had enough points for the Breville Fast-Slow cooker and it seemed like it might answer our problems. Over to Amazon to check the reviews, mainly positive so we applied on-line to get one, just a week later it arrived! Amazing as the site said expect 4 weeks or more.

Canned beans are expensive and also require you to check to see what additives you may be eating.

With beans the cookbooks all tell you to soak them (dried beans and pulses) for 8 to 10 hours before cooking them, and even then they take hours to cook before you can add them to your recipe. Not anymore! How about 30 to 40 minutes start to finish?

What exactly is this machine? It is a stand alone device that can sear, bring to a boil, and then become a pressure cooker (6 quart) with a non stick, dishwasher safe inner bowl, and it can also slow cook like a crock pot. This versatility means you can pressure cook your dry beans in just 30 minutes, or so, rinse them under cold water and sear some onion and garlic in the pot, add back your beans and some diced tomato and then either slow cook while you are out or pressure cook in minutes. The result yummy home made beans.

For the non Vegans the pressure cooker is great for meat as the cooking time is much faster. This saves on electricity and keeps all of the juices in the pot. There is a trivet and a steaming container that come with the cooker so you can cook vegetables faster too.

The slow cooker has 2 settings (6 hour and 8 hour) these are the equivalent to High and Low on other models. You can cancel if your recipe needs a shorter time. That was the only problem I have found so far. The recipes in the book with the cooker are great and I have found it to be a real time saver and really easy to use. Just ensure that you read up on how to set the pressure and release it properly. However I have found this device to be both fast, and the food tastes better. Precise timing is important as food left in to allow the pressure to come down gradually will continue to cook. The pressure allows the steam to become super hot, up to 260F, and it forces this steam into the fibers of the food. so if you tend to leave things over time this item is not for you. You would likely have a soggy mess of overcooked food. Many pressure cooker cook books will tell you if the pressure is to be released fast or brought down naturally, for the reason stated, so be sure to follow instructions accurately.

We have now tried it for spaghetti bolognese and it turned out great (much richer than pan cooked).

Great Cookbooks For Ideas On What It Can Cook For You

These are some of the great cook books available from Amazon.

Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker
Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker

This is a great resource from one of the earliest converts to healthy eating and cooking under pressure!

 

Using A Pressure Cooker To cook Fast

The Breville does the whole meal as you can sauté in it pressure cook and then slow cook Crock pot style. Since this can be done in the same pot you lose none of the juices and the taste is fantastic. The liner pot is non stick and a cinch to clean, just fill it with warm soapy water and leave it for 15 mins or so then drain and rinse wipe dry with a paper towel, I use the half sheet type. All done.

Great Food Fast : Bob Warden's Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes
Great Food Fast : Bob Warden's Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

Another great resource for those wanting to try pressure cooking.

 

Another Best Selling Pressure Cooker Recipe Book

The three books shown here will provide plenty of ideas as to what you can cook in this amazing device, which really saves time on cooking beans etc.

Pressure Cooker Recipe Book: Fast Cooking Under Extreme Pressure
Pressure Cooker Recipe Book: Fast Cooking Under Extreme Pressure

One of the best selling books on pressure cooking.

 

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My Breville Slow-Fast Cooker with utensils and my chickpea and sweet potato curry lunch made in it.A closer look at the front controls of the cooker. It is really simple to operate!
My Breville Slow-Fast Cooker with utensils and my chickpea and sweet potato curry lunch made in it.
My Breville Slow-Fast Cooker with utensils and my chickpea and sweet potato curry lunch made in it.
A closer look at the front controls of the cooker. It is really simple to operate!
A closer look at the front controls of the cooker. It is really simple to operate!

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I think that the only one is the non stick. However it is a modern non stick. Do not put it in a dishwasher and just fill it with warm soapy water once you are done with it. Then drain it a bit wipe round with a dishcloth or strong paper towel and it cleans up in an instance. Dry it off with a paper towel. I use the ones that let you tear off a half sheet.

    They will not use stoneware pots at all as it is a pressure cooker and the high heat and pressure could fracture them. I would like a stainless steel only inner pot. If they do not make one I will write to ask for one if you do too!

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    Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

    I LOVE the idea of a pressure cooker/slow cooker in one small-footprint machine. I'm also a fan and user of Breville products. This would be a no-brainer purchase for me if it weren't for that non-stick interior. I wonder if it is available with a stainless steel or stoneware pot without the added coating? I'll have to look it up and see. Thanks for sharing your review. Helpful.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @AcornOakForest: This one is designed for professional kitchens and therefore has a non stick inside and it only needs to be washed in soapy water with a soft dish cloth to avoid scratching it. It is the super hard non stick coating as it also doubles as a sautee pan and slow cooker too. This is done deliberately as you often sauté the vegetables (onion, garlic etc and then add other ingredients which all get pressure cooked all the juices go into the meal. Less clean up and less time taken. It really makes this cooker a brilliant idea if you are a creative cook!

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    Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

    I have never used a pressure cooker, but I have friends who use them regularly and they love it. I'm curious about clean-up though. It's worth it to me to save time this way if it doesn't take a ton of clean-up on the back end.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Arachnea: Pulse is the general name for beans of all types. The cook time would be less if you cook at high pressure, but Breville recommend medium for beans. Cooking at medium allows longer for them to soften. No soaking at all is required! The main reason for soaking is to start the germination process which is supposed to make the protein in the bean more digestible, and reduce the risk of gas from eating them.

    We have tried cooking chickpeas without soaking, and there was no obvious disadvantage they were tender and did not cause any notable gas. I would be interested in anyone else's experience.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Gayle Dowell: This device is a pressure cooker, and slow cooker with a built in hot plate so you can also sauté in it and bring cold dishes back to a boil. It is stand alone electric and as the hot plate is built in it is very efficient.

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    Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

    Having just acquired a Breville juicer, I'm interested in reviews of their juicers and Breville's other products. I've not heard the word "pulses" before. Thanks for the new word. Excellent lens, however. In a stove-top presure cooker the cook time is a bit shorter for beans, but then I always presoak for several days (changing the water several times a day). Maybe the soaking makes the difference in the cook time.

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    Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

    I've not used a pressure cooker. I'll have to ask for one for Christmas as I love using my slow cooker except for the fact that many times, I wait too long in the day to plan supper.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Faye Rutledge: It is and it saves all of the time and worry about soaking them enough first. I would always forget and then have to soak them in boiling water and pray they turned out OK. No longer! It really is much easier.

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    Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

    I have beans on the stove cooking right now! I've never cooked beans in a pressure cooker before, but it sounds like a winning idea! :)