Looking for a Slow Cooker? Here are Some Features You May Want to Consider

Looking for a Slow Cooker? Here are Some Features You May Want to Consider

The slow cooker also goes by the name Crock Pot or crockery cooker. It’s making a huge comeback in a time where most of us yearn for fuss free, home cooked meals full of rich flavors.  We’re all trying to simplify our lives and keep our grocery bill costs down. Now a new generation of slow cooker enthusiasts has emerged.

  Slow cookers aren’t just for cooking traditional stews on cold winters day. It offers you nutritious, sensational,  full-course dinners. But what basic things do you need you look for before deciding which one is right for you?

Basic Model vs Auto Features

Basic models have standard low and high settings which leave you to manual turn the unit on and off.  A more sophisticated model is considerably more expensive than the basic model because they have programmable features. This allows you to set the time to turn the unit on and off and specific temperatures to cook your meal. In case you’re running late it’s helpful to have an auto shut-off or better yet, a warm feature where the cooker will automatically switch to a gentle warming mode. This will help you to  avoid an overcooked dinner and your meal will still be hot when you arrive home.

A Removable Insert

This is really important if you want to make clean up a breeze. This way you can lift the ceramic cooking dish out and wash it up in the sink. Most inserts are now dishwasher safe as well. It’s also nice to be able to prep your meal the night before and have it in the fridge so you can cook it the next morning. Your meal goes straight from the fridge to slow cooker to your table in one no mess all-in-one cook and serve dish.

Shape and Size

Size and bowl shape are the next major differences between slow cookers. It’s better to opt for a round pot if  you have a small kitchen. Round cookers store easily and take up less counter space. They are good if you plan to only cook curries or stews. With oval slow cookers you’ll have flexibility, especially with those large cuts of meat. Oval ones are also good for feeding large families. They also accommodate large recipes well such as roasts and whole chickens.

You’ll find sizes ranging anywhere from 1 to 6.5 quarts. Singles and couples will do fine with sizes under 3 quarts. Families should go for slow cookers over 3.5 quarts. The bigger the slow cookers go you’ll find the shape switching from round to oval. This allows the slow cookers to  accommodate whole chickens and  larger cuts of meat.

Deciding on  slow cooker features first will help you narrow down your choices to find the perfect one to suit your needs.  Now, find out the history of the Crock Pot and where slow cooking all began.

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