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About Slow Cookers
Slow cookers were a cutting-edge invention of the 1970’s, and for good reason - throw together your ingredients in the morning, get on with the next few hours of your day, and return to find a meal has whipped itself up. Slow cookers have been making their way back into fashion for the last couple of years, and no wonder - they’re convenient and make for healthier meals all for a well-priced one-off purchase. But what price, and what extra features are right for you?
As they come in so many different sizes and with such a range of abilities, there is bound to be one you can find that is perfect for your needs. Below you’ll find a range of slow cookers to get you started, whether you’re looking to make simple student meals for yourself, larger meals for the family, or to have a flagship device to start building your dream new kitchen set. This list can help you find the slow cooker for you.
Crock-Pot SCR300-SS 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, Silver
For the student or young professional who wants a touch of class and nutrition, this simple, solid crockpot model for $18.44 is a great introduction to the slow cooker, and a great model to give you the freedom to plan your meals over the day. With high and low cooking settings and an option to keep food warm, this sow cooker can adapt to the elasticity of your day and be prepared in the morning to ensure that when you get home your meal is in just the state you want. And if a chance to be spontaneous comes up on your way home don’t fret – the keep warm function means you can take a few hours to enjoy your evening and come home to find your meal all prepared and still warm.
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Hamilton Beach 33473, An American Favorite
Amazon’s choice of slow cooker, this fully programable slow cooker is perfect for when you want to be able to program a meal and know it will go off like a charm, without any excess effort, all for $39.99. This model holds seven quarts, allowing for a full chicken to be cooked inside, a failing of some smaller or less sophisticated models. The timer sets the machine for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 hours meaning there is no safety risk of the device left unattended, and all parts are dishwasher washable separately.
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The high end: Instant Pot
Instant Pot LUX60V3 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer is, as the name suggests, an all-round cooker you can build a formidable cooking schedule around. Although a bit pricey at $79, with no shipping costs this product offers the chance to try re-centring cooking for the whole family around a flexible machine. This slow cooker comes with its own recipe book and ten built in programs for faultlessly turning out food from soups and stews to rice and egg. This slow cooker also comes with useful kitchen implements to make the most of these foods, including a soup spoon and rice paddle. If you or a family member are going somewhere new and looking for a centrepiece for a new kitchen set, this device and its accompanying items can form the perfect basis for their entrance into a whole new world of cookery.
Morphy Richards – Best British
If you’re willing to look across the Atlantic to a company that does slow cooking just right, Morphy Richards are some of the best in the business.
The blue induction casserole saucepan available for $43.12 plus shipping will blend nicely with a bright kitchen, and with its dish-washer resistant lid allows your to observe how your food is coming along without having to remove the lid and lose the heat. If that is not the colour for you, then starting from just $43.67 before shipping, this charming red 6.5 litre model won’t be beaten on style, although for $45 the stainless steel silver model is available for those seeking the more metallic look to compliment a more modern kitchen. The capacity of 6.5 litres is advertised to give space to feed 8-10 guests - although this should best be read as 8. Remember not to overfill your slow cooker. Filling to no more than two thirds of the full volume will ensure the food can cook properly.
The British newspaper The Independent awarded this model the Independent Best Buy stamp of approval and highlighted its rounded shape and ability to sear meat in the slow cooker as part of the cooking process, meaning even complex hearty meals can be made entirely in the pot, without requiring extra pots and saving on washing up.