Slow cookers have long been a must-have in the kitchen. These appliances distribute heat evenly and cook food at a steady temperature so it doesn't burn at the edges. With a slow cooker, you can cook meals throughout the day that stay moist and flavorful. The slow cooker helps lock in flavor and allows the ingredients to mingle, giving you a perfect bite every time. They can handle anything from a savory cheese dip for a party to a large chicken or roast. Look through your cookbook and consider some key features to find the best slow cooker for your kitchen.
Why buy a new slow cooker?
Slow cooker accessories
Available in sizes ranging from mini models that can warm a couple of cups of food to large sizes for the whole family, these are the perfect tool for cooking up all kinds of meals and sides from roasts to soups and dips.
A slow cooker is best for...
Roasts: Large slow cookers are great for cooking roasts because they can slowly cook them all day and keep them moist.
Cheese dip: For parties, a mini crock pot can keep your cheese dips melted and warm for hours without burning them.
These models feature three separately heated pots so you can cook chicken, veggies and a side soup at once and have an entire meal ready when you get home.
A tri-slow cooker is best for...
Multi-part meals: You can cook three dishes that need separate temperatures, like a main course and sides, so you have a complete meal ready to go by the time you get home.
Buffet style meals: Create a buffet at home for large parties or family breakfasts by heating up different favorites in each crock pot.
Electric pressure cooker
Cook food quickly and precisely within a pressure sealed vessel. The high steam pressure inside the cooker lets food cook quickly and helps keep it moist and flavorful.
A pressure cooker is best for...
Beans and rice: The high pressure boiling environment cooks foods that typically take a long time to cook like beans and grains quickly while sealing in moisture to produce a tender end product.
Creating complex flavors: Some dishes and ingredients lose flavor when they're steamed traditionally, but a pressure cooker requires little extra liquid, and the high pressure helps flavors permeate ingredients like cuts of meat.
If you make individual servings of soup or need to warm dips for parties, a mini slow cooker will be perfect for your needs. For a family meal, you might prefer a larger model of the traditional slow cooker so you can make plenty for everyone. Creating multi-part meals is efficient and easy with the help of a trio slow cooker. Either type of slow cooker will give you a convenient, hands-off cooking experience while you're out during the day or busy with other tasks around the house. Pressure cookers let you cook more quickly than a traditional slow cooker, and have modes suited to specific types of foods like beans and grains. Consider your favorite types of meals and how you prefer to cook to find the right appliance to fit your schedule and your lifestyle.