When buying a slow cooker / crockpot, you don’t want to be too frugal on your spending. You also don’t need the super deluxe top of the line one either. You’ll need to do a little bit of investigating here as I’m not in the business of endorsing one brand over another. But you should know that you won’t need to spend much more than $40.
If you decide on any of these brand names- brand names like Rival, Hamilton Beach, Kitchen-Aid, Cuisinart or Proctor Silex – you won’t go wrong. Don’t pinch your pennies since you get what you pay for – you’ll want your crockpot to last for a good long time.
Don’t skimp on the quality and features in your search for a good deal. You should look for the automatic shut-off and warm feature since you don’t have to make it home at the same time the meal is finished cooking. The slow cooker will automatically switch to a gentle warming mode. This helps when you are serving a large meal by keeping stews, soups, and other dishes ready to serve.
When you’ve decided on a brand name and model, now choose the size. Some of the most popular sizes for slow cookers are the 3.5 and 4 quart models. Smaller and larger are available to suit your needs as well, depending on the size of your family.
Now there is no ‘perfect’ recipe when it comes to slow cooking. The blended flavors of your recipes ingredients is what the crockpot is especially good at. There is no end to the types of foods you can cook in a crockpot. From sauces and soups, stews and roasts, it does them all well.
Remember, fast food is out and slow cooked meals are in. A favorite famly meal can be as easy as throwing some ingredients into the slow cooker before everyone leaves for the day.
If you run out of recipe ideas remember you can always surf the web – there are many websites dedicated to slow cooker recipes. You will find mega-ingredient recipes for when you have extra time to dedicate, and you will also find recipes which require as little as 3 ingredients! Or you can always go into the ‘archives and pull out one of your favorites that you know will always go over well with the family.
And when you come home after a long hard day of working and running errands, you will be greeted by an aroma-filled home and a ready to eat dinner!