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The 6 Best Slow Cookers for every Kitchen

What to Know About Slow Cookers

Don’t under-or-over-fill a slow cooker. Most machines advise filling them halfway with water for cooking. When crocks are filled below the halfway point, food can be done as much as one to two hours earlier than the recipe states.

Add dairy at the end. If you’re cooking with dairy products, add them toward the end of the cooking time so that they don’t curdle.

Remember the liquid doesn’t evaporate. When converting a stew, soup, or chili recipe to a slow-cooker method, you will need less liquid. Slow cookers do not allow for evaporation. If the end result is too thick, add more liquid at the end of cooking.

Veggies are meat’s best friend. When cooking fatty cuts of meat, make a bed of root vegetables or onions on the bottom of the crockpot. Napa cabbage works great for this, too. This keeps the meat from being soaked in the fat that will be released during cooking.

  1. Instant pot aura pro-multi-use programmable slow cooker

The Instant Pot is a wonder of cooking possibilities, from searing to pressure cooking. The Instant Pot Aura Pro follows in its footsteps with a myriad of functions. Our tests focused solely on the slow cooking mode which resulted in tender, flavorful beef. Comfortable rubberized handles make carrying dinner to the table a breeze. Weighing the Aura’s many functions, its price, and performance, we think it’s the best option for the majority of people looking to replace or upgrade.

2. All-clad gourmet slow cooker with all-in-one, 7-quart

The All-Clad Gourmet Slow Cooker can saute, brown meat, simmer stews and cook rice. But having all these bells and whistles doesn’t take away from the quality of the slow-cooking feature. This model never got overly hot on the exterior, produced the most-tender meat overall, came up to simmer in the least amount of time, and maintained a steady tempo throughout the cooking process.

3. Crock-pot 7-quart oval manual slow cooker

In a world of digital time-savers, manual appliances can be a welcome antidote. If you are looking for a slow cooker with basic controls and a classic look, this stainless steel model is sure to please. It has no bells or whistles–just a simple dial and the options to cook on low, high, or keep food warm. We tested it with beef paprikash and the results were impressive: the meat was tender and delicious. Plus, it’s an affordable choice for someone who’s homebound and slow cooking on a budget.

4. Crock-pot 8 qt. programmable slow cooker

For larger groups, the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker can handle the task. The digital timer makes it easy to program and it automatically switches to the warm setting when the cooking time is up. Need to cook a recipe for less than 10 people? Don’t worry, this slow cooker did a fantastic job cooking the same recipe as the smaller cookers at 6-to 7- quart capacities.

5. Hamilton Beach 6-quart set & forget programmable slow cooker

Soon, your roast will leave the kitchen without you. If you’re like me, you want a perfectly cooked pot roast at dinnertime, but sometimes the end of the day finds you still at the office. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget slow cooker has a probe that can be programmed to switch your cooker to warm once your roast hits 165 degrees F so that it’s not overcooked when you get home. That way, all you have to do is serve and enjoy!

6. Crockpot 6-quart Cook & Carry slow cooker

The slow cooker is a must-have for any holiday get-together. If you’re cooking meals for the whole family while visiting relatives, a slow cooker is a great way to transport your meal without any risk of spills. The locking lid on this model has a gasket and an extra seal, providing extra insurance that your car interior will be safe from spills.”


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