Emily In The Kitchen says…
Many people who work long hours find their diets suffering as a result of their career. Because they have to be at the office early in the morning and don’t get home until late at night, they don’t have the time to cook a traditional meal and end up eating from fast food joints on a regular basis.
However, a successful professional life does not mean that you have to sacrifice your nutrition. You can keep your diet as good as ever by purchasing a slow cooker.
A slow cooker, as the name suggests, is designed to cook food over an extended period of time, meaning you can leave your dinner simmering away in the morning and come home at eight or nine at night and catch it just in time to put the final touches to it.
Finding the best slow cooker for you can be a challenge, but we’re going to do our best to simplify things in this video.
We spent several weeks testing the most popular slow cookers on the market until we managed to compile a list of the models that impressed us the most and we’re going to share that list with you today.
Are You Serious About Owning a Slow Cooker? – Check Out These 5 Best Slow Cooker Ideas
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Digital Timer is definitely made for traveling. The airtight seal on this slow cooker has a secure locking lid and rubber gasket.
These features allow traveling to family gatherings, potlucks, tailgating parties and any other destination without spills.
“The programmable feature is really nice because you can set the cooking temperature on LOW or HIGH and set the cooking time in 30-minute increments all the way up to 20 hours.
Some other “programmable” slow cookers have a few time/temp combination options but they are quite limited – this one gives you total control. Once the programmed cooking time is finished, the Crock-Pot automatically turns to warm.
The controls are touch (instead of turn dials) and very user-friendly. The user manual is small, but complete, and includes a couple recipes.” – Maryann
Hamilton Beach (33473) Slow Cooker, Programmable, 7 Quart, Silver
The 7 Quart programmable slow cooker allows you to control the temperature & cooking times. The wraparound element provides even heating that doesn’t even require stirring.
And, the countdown timer lets you keep track of when dinner will be ready. So, no more standing around having to watch the cooking process.
“Product works as intended. Lid seals tightly so water and condensation doesn’t build up around the edge.
Easy to clean, a good coating doesn’t leave cheese, beans, or meat baked on.” – Twitch
Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker
This stainless steel Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry is a manual portable slow cooker which makes it very convenient for traveling, family gatherings, and especially tailgating.
The hinged locking gasket lid keeps food from spilling, so no more mess in your vehicle. And, the handles make carrying the slow cooker a cinch.
“I always told my mom, “No, mom. I don’t need a crock-pot.” Well, everyone does and I finally caved on getting this one for easier meal prep.
This is a great crock pot and holds an incredible amount for 6 quarts. I cook for only 2 people and it will make SEVERAL meals for each of us throughout the week.
I love being able to turn it on when I leave for work and have dinner ready when I get home.” – Kaitlin
Would You Like to Know Exactly What a Slow Cooker Does
I found this info about slow cookers on Wiki…
“Cheaper cuts of meat with connective tissue and lean muscle fibers are suitable for stewing, and produce tastier stews than those using expensive cuts.
Long slow cooking softens connective tissue without toughening the muscle.
The low temperature of slow-cooking makes it almost impossible to burn even food that has been cooked too long.
Food can be set to slow-cook before leaving for the day so it is ready on return. Some models include timers or thermostats that bring food to a given temperature and then lower it.
With a timer-less cooker it is possible to use an external timer to stop cooking after a set time, or both to start and stop.
Cooking the meal in a single pot reduces water waste resulting from cleaning multiple dishes, and the low cooking temperature and glazed pot make cleaning easier than conventional high-heat pots.”
Hamilton Beach (33969A) Slow Cooker, Programmable, 6 Quart
This easy to clean Programmable Slow Cooker has probe, program, and manual settings. These allow you to cook foods to a specific temperature, for a set number of hours or on High, Low or Warm settings for up to 24 hrs.
The clip tight gasket lid prevents spilling of food, which makes it perfect when traveling to a party or tailgate.
“I love this crockpot (slow cooker) because you can cook large or small dishes by programming the cook time and temperature. I have cooked turkey roast, pork roasts, fish, and numerous vegetables with perfect results. The best part is the easy cleanup.” Kindle Customer
Cooking like a chef does not require years of professional training. You just need to know the simple ways, such as some best slow cooker ideas.
These slow cooker ideas will help get your food looking and tasting its best. In today’s busy world, time savers like these are a welcome addition to every kitchen
After reading these best slow cooker ideas, you should be well on your way to finding a way to create culinary delights that will please even the most discriminating palates.
Remember, cooking does not need to be difficult, and when you know the right shortcuts you’ve already won half of the battle.
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