The slow cooker, also known as a crock pot, is not a new culinary gadget. These super handy appliances have been around for decades. Home cooks first discovered the benefits of using a slow cooker in 1971 and have never looked back.
There are numerous benefits to using a slow cooker. They are convenient, portable and fun to use. However, those are not the only benefits! One major benefit is there is a slow cooker available for every budget which means owning one is not impossible.
Fix it and forget it
One of the greatest benefits of a slow cooker is it does the cooking for you. You just add ingredients, cover, set the timer and temperature and walk away. You wouldn’t dare do that with dishes on the stove or in the conventional oven.
There is no need to keep checking on it, nor do you need to worry about stirring or turning foods in the slow cooker. The general rule for slow cooking is to leave the food alone until it is done. This “fix it and forget it” feature is a convenience that people really can appreciate.
It doesn’t matter how much a person loves to cook, no one enjoys the clean up afterwards. Stacks of dirty pots, pans, utensils and mixing bowls take the fun right out of the perfect meal. It is bad enough to spend hours preparing and cooking the food, but then comes hours of cleaning up.
Slow cookers eliminate a large amount of the kitchen mess while cooking. Gone is the messy stove and counters, gone are the stacks of pots and pans and all you are left with is cleaning one item. The slow cooker vessel can be removed from the base to double as a serving dish, how simple is that?
Perfect meal every time
Another advantage to using a slow cooker is you do not have to know anything about cooking. All you have to do is follow the recipe instructions (be sure the recipe is for a slow cooker) and let the slow cooker do all the work. Imagine going from guests cringing at a dinner invite, to having them rave about every bite!
As long as you follow the slow cooker recipe instructions, you will have consistently wonderful meals every time you use it. You do not have to worry about foods being blackened on the outside and almost raw on the inside. The temperature of a slow cooker and its design combine to give you meals you will be proud to serve.
In the modern world of busy schedules and “Never enough time for anything”, versatility is a necessity. Once again, the slow cooker shines bright as a very versatile appliance. You can prepare soups/stews, meats, breads, appetizers and even mouthwatering desserts in a slow cooker.
You can take most slow cooker vessels out of the base, lock the lid in place and take it to picnics, cookouts or outside in the backyard. Slow cookers are portable as a complete unit as well. You can plug it in anywhere and within a few hours have a wonderful meal.
The ever popular slow cooker is a kitchen appliance that has been around for over forty years. Many kitchen gadgets and appliances have come and gone over the years but the slow cooker has real staying power. The benefits of slow cooking are what have kept this appliance in many kitchens.
For busy folks, having the ability to toss in raw ingredients and come back later to a cooked meal, is a blessing. Many people also like the fact that using a slow cooker cuts out using lots of pots and pans to prepare a meal. This means less mess and less fuss, which makes for happier home cooks!