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Practical Slow Cookers: Make Dinner While You Work

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Slow cookers are just as popular today as ever.  Everything from a hot breakfast to a hot toddy can be made in a slow cooker. You can almost set it and forget it, as that wonderful aroma of home cooking drifts through your house. Then get the bowls ready to serve.

Use the latest slow cooker models to make savory stews, soups and casseroles. Chili, baked beans and cabbage rolls. These are the foods that make Crock Pots and other slow cookers perennially popular. Many classic comfort foods are also slow cooker classics, easy to make and easy to serve.

You can create a meal, set it cooking, and have dinner underway while doing other tasks. Or, cook the meal overnight, refrigerate it while you are away from home, and reheat it at dinner time in your microwave.

Today, the generic term slow cooker is used alongside the brand name Crock Pot. The various modern models are the busy home cook’s friend.

These practical cookers have evolved into multi-tasking heavyweights since their introduction of slow cookers in the 1970s. They have lots of bells and whistles that your mother and grandmother would have wanted. There is a broad range of sizes, from 1 quart to 7 quart, even 8 quart capacity. The newest models include programming features, multiple temperature settings, multiple and removable stoneware inserts, hinged lids, clamp-on lids, and the list goes on.

The innovations found in today’s cookers are born directly from customer experience over the years:

  • Stoneware inserts are removable for cleaning.
  • Temperature controls allow for a broad range of cooking methods, and programmable features let you control the settings as your dish cooks.
  • Probes included with some models allow you to monitor foods that need to reach a certain temperature

Consider these things when you shop for the best slow cooker for your household:

  • Choose a size that you will fill at least half but no more than two-thirds full, so that the food gets hot enough, but does not overflow while cooking
  • The locking lids, available on some models, are made to help you transport the unit with food in it
  • Models with oval-shape stoneware liners (vs. round) work better for roasts, whole chickens and similar foods
  • Removable stoneware liners make clean up easier

Slow cookers continue to be popular because they serve the needs of busy moms and home cooks to make easy, delicious meals for their families.

The link here will take you to my product showcase on Squidoo, with lots more info on models and cookbooks for easy meals.

You won’t want to save your slow cooker for annual potluck dinners once you discover all the luscious recipes that you can make with your cooker.

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