There’s something magical about cooking your own food. Well, that’s how it feels for those who love cooking. There’s something special when you see your family and friends enjoy a meal you have prepared for them. But cooking may become really frustrating when you have to be spending so much time in the kitchen just to prepare for every meal. Thanks to slow cookers, this could actually change.
Slow cooking, as its name suggests, takes the time to cook ingredients by taking low heat and moisture really well in order to create delicious culinary gourmet. All you have to do is throw in all the ingredients into the cooker, go to work for hours and come back to a sumptuous meal. So, if you’ve decided to buy your own slow cooker but can’t yet decide which one to spend your money for, here are a few suggestions.
Best Premium Slow Cooker
The Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central is a versatile slow cooker that features one-touch switches modes when you need to do combination cooking. It boasts three fully programmable cooking functions: saute, brown and slow cook. Combination cooking, as mentione earlier, is when you need to saute your ingredients, you can do it so directly in the cooker and simply switch to the slow cook function. The Cook Central also comes in handy when you have to prep any aspect of your favorite dish. Select the steam function to prepare stuffed artichokes to start a gourmet meal or to create a healthful vegetable medley side dish. The Cook Central can even do dessert.
The unit coems with a booklet, and with the numerous recipes to choose from, you’ll never run out of meal ideas. The Cook Central features Cuisinart’s brushed stainless steel housing and a 6-quart nonstick cooking pot. Once your meal is ready, the unit will automatically shift to Keep Warm mode so your meal is ready when you are. Serving your dish is easy — all you need to do is lift the pot out and take it to the table. When it comes to cleaning up, the dishwasher safe will do the job for you.
Best -Rated Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS is one of the most advanced slow cookers today with its touchscreen feature. It also has a 6.5-quart stoneware bowl and a timer that lets you program up to 20 hours of cooking time. This comes really handy especially when you don’t have enough time to prepare for a hearty meal. You can just prepare everything the night before — add all the ingredients into the stoneware insert, set it into the heating base, secure the lid, turn it on, and set the programmable timer. You’ll wake up the next day with satisfying breakfast meal. Its touchscreen control panel makes programming practically foolproof. Fingertip touch controls include Low, High, and Warm cook settings, as well as Time Up or Time Down options for setting the cooking time. Its digitally displayed timer counts down the cooking time remaining, and the unit automatically shifts over to a convenient keep-warm mode at the end of the cooking time, which allows food to remain at an ideal serving temperature without over-cooking. The digital timer also keeps track of time spent in keep-warm mode, counting up in one-minute increments for up to six hours before shutting off automatically.
Addditionally, this oval-shaped cooker boasts a seamless, beautifully polished, stainless-steal exterior that adds a touch of modern elegance to any kitchen. It also comes with stylish metal side handles wrapped in silicone to help ensure a secure, comfortable grip when transporting from the kitchen to the table or buffet and back again. Finally, the removable stoneware and glass lid move easily to the table for use as a lidded server, to the refrigerator for storing leftovers, and into the dishwasher for quick cleanup between uses. The stoneware can also go in an oven (but not the broiler) or microwave for added versatility.
Best Slow Cooker for Large Family
The West Bend 84905 is a multi-function cooking appliance. Aside from its main function, which is to slowly cook meals, it can also be used as a griddle as the cooking container sits upon a separate heating element. The advantage of this is that food can be cooked much quicker if required.
The West Bend slowe cooker has five individual power/temperature settings that cover the whole cooking range. You can brown/sauté on setting 5, then cook on setting 3-4. Slow cooking can be accomplished on setting 2 or 3 as they correspond to the more traditional settings of low and high, respectively. Moreover, you can simply place the container directly onto the stove to brown and sauté before placing it onto the heating base for slow cooking. Its glass top allows for easy monitoring without you having to interrupt the cooking process.The cooker measures 8.75 x 7.25 x 12.75 inches, so it takes up little space on the kitchen top.
Best Inexpensive Slow Cooker
The Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 33969 is the perfect companion if you have a large family to feed at the dinner table or you do receive guests in your home often. It can hold a 6 pound chicken or a 4 pound cut of meat. With this size, you’d be able to serve at least five people generously.
The outside base of the unit is made of stainless steel and comes with a black removable stoneware insert, which can be lifted out from the base and brought to your table to be used as a serving dish, in case you don’t want to add another dish in the dishwasher pile. Moreover, the lip tight gasket lid reduces messy spills while full grip handles allow you to transport heavy meals easily.
There are three cooking modes you can choose from: program (set cooking time), meat probe (cooks meat to desired internal temperature), and manual. And yet the best feature about this slow cooker is this: you can change the temperature during the cooking cycle without the need to reset the cooking time. The freedom to choose which mode will work best for what you’re cooking allows you and the slow cooker to better accommodate what’s on your menu and your time schedule.