My name is Alison and I have a Crock-Pot problem. Well, I wouldn’t actually consider it a “problem”, it’s more like a solution, ha! In all seriousness though, I love Crock-Pot slow cookers so much that I currently own five models and have a few more on my wish list!
You’re probably wondering why anyone would need that many Crock-Pot slow cookers, and the answer is this, they are simply amazing!
Crock-Pot (it’s actually a brand) created the original electric slow cooker over four decades ago as a bean cooker and continues to revolutionize the way busy families put home cooked meals on the table every day, mostly by eliminating excuses.
Don’t have an hour to spend cooking? Toss it in the slow cooker.
Too hot to turn the oven on? Toss it in the slow cooker.
Don’t want to dirty a bunch of dishes that you won’t have time to wash? Toss it in the slow cooker.
Not a very good cook? Toss it in the slow cooker.
Trouble timing all the dishes of a big meal so that everything is served hot? Toss it all in slow cookers.
Just about anything can be cooked in a slow cooker, especially with some of the great features of modern Crock-Pot slow cookers. Here’s a look at some of my favorites!
This six quarter slow cooker is #1 in my book for a few reasons. First, not only does this Crock-Pot slow cooker have a timer, but it can be programmed for up to 20 hours of cooking time in 30 minute increments. Once cooking time completes, the slow cooker automatically shifts to the warm setting until the off button is pressed. Second, the locking lid makes this Crock-Pot slow cooker the perfect slow cooker for potlucks! The rubber ring and clasps of the locking lid create a seal so tight that I once hit the brakes a little too hard while transporting this slow cooker full of sloppy joe mix to a party and not one drop of sloppy joe mix leaked on to my tan seats when the slow cooker fell over on it’s side! Impressive!
Much like the first slow cooker, the Casserole Crock has a programmable timer that can be set for up to 20 hours in 30 minute increments and has a secure-fit locking lid. What makes this Crock-Pot slow cooker unique is its shape! Rather than being oval or round like most traditional slow cookers, the Casserole Crock is rectangular and the ceramic insert is the same size as most casserole dishes, 9″ x 13″. The days of breaking lasagna noodles into pieces and laying the pieces at difference angles to fit just to make a slow cooker lasagna are over! The Casserole Crock is also great for dishes that don’t layer well, like stuffed chicken breasts, stuffed shells, or chicken wings.
How great would it be if you could adjust the cooking time and temperature of something you’re cooking in the slow cooker from wherever you are, such as at work working late or the kids’ soccer game? YOU CAN! The WeMo Crock-Pot slow cooker doesn’t look all that fancy, but it is wifi-enabled and can be controlled with a tap of your Apple(iOS 7 and higher) or Android(4.0 and higher) phone! How cool is that?
Ever cook something in a slow cooker that needed to be stirred every so often and perhaps you avoided making it in the slow cooker because you just didn’t have the time or availability to keep stirring it? We all have and that’s why Crock-Pot designed the iStir Crock-Pot slow cooker. This slow cooker has a programmable self string mechanism built right into the lid and takes care of all the stirring so you can go about your day! Like the first two, the iStir Crock-Pot slow cooker also comes with a timer than can be programmed for up to 20 hours of cook time in 30 minute increments. If only it could also just pull the food from the fridge and fill itself…;)
This Crock-Pot slow cooker makes my list of favorites simply for it’s slightly more elegant design! I’m a sucker for stainless steel appliances!
Oh and did you know that Crock-Pot also has a line of collegiate slow cookers now to represent your favorite team at game day parties, tailgate parties and cookouts?
As you can see, slow cookers have come a long ways since the original Crock-Pot bean cooker! Which of these is your favorite? Do you own any of these or have them on your wish list?