Nowadays, people don't have a lot of time to cook. We're busy at work, running errands, etc. Slow cookers make preparing delicious, healthy meals easy. In the morning before leaving for work, you just put the ingredients and seasonings in your slow cooker. When you walk in the door later in the day, you smell the wonderful aroma from your kitchen. Mmmm!!
I love my slow cooker. It's been a real time saver for me since we have a large family. We've enjoyed coming home to the smell of chili, spaghetti, soups, beef stew and more. But you don't have to leave home just to have a reason to use yours. Anytime you want a home-cooked meal while doing other things is a good enough excuse.
Comparing Slow Cookers
Here's what we found:
Review of the best slow cookers
The Bella, Linea Collection Programmable Slow Cooker
Whether cooking for your family or for a potluck, a slow cooker is great at helping you serve delicious meals without being in the kitchen all day. The Bella, Linea Collection Programmable holds 5 quarts of food. You can set the timer from 30 min. up to 20 hrs. When time's up, it switches to warm. Pretty cool! It has a hinged lid that locks into place to keep your food from spilling during transportation.
The stone-ware pot can be taken out for serving and the lid has a place to hold the serving spoon. When time to clean up, all parts are dishwasher safe.
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Slow Cooker
The Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget comes with three setting options for cooking: program, probe and manual mode. The program mode allows you to set a timer that switches over to a "keep warm" setting when done. This works on days when you're really busy and may be gone longer than you thought. The probe is for cooking meat like roasts, chicken, or tenderloin. Set the temperature and when it's done, it also switches to a keep warm setting. This is great for meats that need cooked to a certain temperature. The manual setting is for cooking normally without any timers. Just choose low, medium, or high.
Slow cookers are great for parties, potlucks or family get-togethers. They keep your food ready to eat so you can enjoy your time with friends and family. The clip-locked lid seals tight to prevent spills when transporting your hot dishes in the car. No more worries of messes in your car or staining your clothes. The ceramic pot is oven-proof and dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
Cuisinart PSC-350 Programmable Slow Cooker
Enjoy home-cooked meals even if you don't have time to cook by taking advantage of a slow cooker. Pot roasts, stews, soups and more can be put on to cook while you're at work. Dinner will be ready when you get home and your house smells wonderful. Slow cookers allow the flavors of your food to mix and enrich the taste of your dish. It's easy to add your ingredients before leaving the house and set the timer.
The touch pad control panel has a LED display which can be set to high, low, medium or warm. When the timer is done, it automatically switches to a keep warm setting. The pot holds 3 1/2 qts. which is great for one person or small families. The glass lid allows you to check on your food without lifting the lid. The feet have a rubber non-slip coating to keep the pot from slipping. Cleanup is a breeze with the dishwasher safe parts. The handles stay cool to the touch so you don't burn yourself when handling the cooker.
The manual comes with a few recipes and tip to get you started.
Everyone is so busy that no one has time to cook anymore. It's easier to order take-out or pizza. Well, thankfully we have a solution to that. Slow cookers can make your meal while your away at work or running errands. All you need to do is put in the ingredients for your meal and set the timer to the correct setting. It does the work for you.
The KitchenAid 6 qt. is big enough for every day meals, parties, family get-togethers and entertaining. It has 24 hr. programmability that will go to a keep warm setting when time is up to keep food warm for four hours longer.
The Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Slow Cooker can hold 6 qts. Whether you're a busy mom or work all day, a slow cooker can make dinner plans easy. Just put in your ingredients in the morning before leaving the house and set the timer. You can set the timer for 30 min. or 20 hrs. and when the timer goes off, it will switch to warm mode for up to 6 hrs. It has four settings, high, medium, low and warm. Stainless steel finish with a glass lid that locks into place to prevent food from spilling and making a mess. The stoneware pot can be taken out and will look stylish whether your entertaining or just family meals.
A great way to have homemade, healthy meals without spending all day in the kitchen. When dinner's over, cleaning up is easy because the pot is dishwasher safe. Or you can wash it by hand. The outside can be cleaned with a warm, soapy rag.