Slow cookers or Crockpots, depending on what you call them, are the latest rage for busy families. And who couldn't disagree? Place your meat, vegetables or other ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do its thing. Then, just before dinner, you open the slow cooker lid to a cooked meal that had little if any work on your part. Plus, it will taste delicious, just like a home cooked meal!
These days slow cooker or crock pot have lots of gizmos and gadgets to make your dinner even more refined. Here are the steps to buy the perfect Slow cooker or crockpot.
Things You Will NeedNeed for a slow Cooker
Step 1You need to decide a size of your new slow cooker or crockpot. There are different sizes available from one to eight quarts, and depending on your family size, your choice will be fairly easy to determine.
Step 2Next you need to see if the slow cooker or crockpot is safe with the use of the special slow cooker bags. The majority of the machines are however, there are a few cheaper brands that are not. Your reason for using a bag in the slow cooker or crockpot? No clean up! You just open the bag, pull out the food and toss the bag with no mess to even consider.
Step 3Is the pot removable for from the heating instruments. This is an important consideration for a bigger crockpot or slow cooker as you need to clean this machine and serve the food. It is so much easier if you can pull it out of the heating element (safer too.)
Step 4What type of programming are you looking to have on your crockpot or slow cooker. Traditional units have three levels of heat: low, medium and high. These are now some of the simpler features on the crockpots which include programming start times, temperature gauges and other nifty features.
Step 5Consider where you will buy your crock pot or slow cooker. These units are available at local department stores and drug stores for the lowest prices. However you might find additional model choices by checking kitchen stores and stores online.
Whatever your choice on the crockpot, your family will be thanking you for a home cooked meal!