Slow cookers or crock pots are a great tool to help busy moms and workaholic singles to create delicious and nutritious meals with little to no effort. You simply add your ingredients, select the desired setting and go about your day while the slow cooker does all the work. While this may seem like the kind of kitchen device you would only get as a wedding gift, the reality is that when you have one you will end up using it all the time. This is not just a pot that you will makes do when during the winter, and when you begin to read the recipe books you will see that your slow cooker can be used for every meal of the day. Yes, it is ideal for cooking foods when you are away from the home, but it is also a great way to make soups, stews, breakfast, candy, and more. There is virtually no end to the variety of foods that you can make in a high quality crock pot or slow cooker.
What is Slow Cooker/Crock pot
A slow cooker or crock pot is a modern kitchen appliance. It’s used to prepare different kinds of dishes. Due to low temperatures used in it, food is cooked for different amount of hours (it allows choosing the required cooking time). The crock pot consists of three parts. The first one is a heating base, the main part of the device. It’s equipped with control panel for operating it. Then the pot – it can be made either from ceramic or clay. And the last one is lid, mainly a glass lid, allowing you to see what is happening in a crock pot.
Most slow cookers have just two settings (on or off), but programmable slow cookers have a variety of settings based on what ingredients you are using, and can even reduce the heat to keep the food warm once it has finished cooking. They are very convenient to use in comparison with a gas or electric stoves. They don’t require your attention while making food. Turn it on, choose the time and you are free. Most models have a ‘keep warm’ setting.
Programmable slow cookers are available in many different sizes and styles, and with a variety of helpful features. Even available with touch screens, some programmable slow cookers can measure the temperature of your meats to determine the exact time to change heat settings. This will result in a perfectly cooked meal you and your family can enjoy whenever it is convenient for you. These slow cookers also have no fuss cleanup with a removable, dishwasher safe pot and lid.
Choosing the best slow cooker in India
Crock pots and slow cookers have changed considerably over the last 30 or 40 years, and now there are more options than ever before. Whether you are looking for a very traditional slow cooker, or the actual Crock Pot brand, when you go online you will see that there are many options from which to choose.
The first consideration that most people have when buying a slow cooker is price. These can be extremely inexpensive, or you could end up paying quite a lot for something that does exactly the same thing. Once you have determined how much you want to pay, you should keep in mind the fact that you can often get the same product much cheaper online.
Your next consideration will probably be size. You can find some very small crock pot that are actually more suited first simply keeping food warm at a potluck, rather than actually cooking an entire meal. These are ideal for making nacho cheese, various dips, or small snacks. On the other end of the scale are the larger models which can actually range from 2 to 6 quarts. If you are only cooking for one or two people, then a two or 3 quart size is sufficient. However, if you are cooking for an entire family, then it is worth spending a little extra to buy a larger model.
What Features Should You Look For?
In addition to different sizes, there are also different features that you will find on a crock pot or slow cooker. The primary purpose of this device is to slowly cook a meal, a piece of meat, or some other delicious dish. Therefore, the temperature at which this cooks needs to be adjustable. Some slow cookers only have one or two temperature settings, but if you plan on using yours a lot, then it is worth buying one that has additional settings. At the very least, choose a slow cooker with a low, high, and warming temperature setting.
Another feature that is extremely important is a timer. If you’ll be setting food to cook while you are a way from your home, then you will want the slow cooker to turn off on its own and revert to warming mode. This will help to ensure that your food does not overcook.
Finally, you might want to consider what the crock pot or slow cooker basin is made of. Traditionally, these were stoneware, which help to retain heat, but these can be extremely heavy and somewhat difficult to clean. Many people opt for nonstick metal basins, because they are easier to clean and they don’t chip like stoneware. The choice is really up to you.