Best Slow Cooker 2016
Top 7 Slow Cookers You Can Buy
Top 7 Slow Cookers You Can Buy
|Best Rated||Best Seller||Best Deal|
|Modell||Instant Pot Duo||Crock-Pot Slow cooker||Tefal RK302E15||Russell Hobbs 19790-56||Morphy Richards 460005||Morphy Richards 48702||Andrew James Premium|
|Volume||6.0 L||5.7 L||2.2 L||3.5 L||3.5 L||3.5 L||1.5 L|
|Power||1000 W||230 W||700 W||200 W||163 W||163 W||120 W|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Lid||Stainless Steel||Glass||Stainless Steel||Glass||Glass||Glass||Glass|
|Size||31 cm x 33 cm x 32 cm||30.5 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm||29 x 26.5 x 30 cm||36.8 x 28.5 x 20.8 cm||36.4 x 28.6 x 24 cm||21 x 34.5 x 25.5 cm||25 x 18 x 20 cm|
|Weight||5 kg||6 kg||3.5 kg||2 kg||2.7 kg||2 kg||2.5 kg|
Slow cookers have come a long way since Irving Naxon patented the first in 1940. Slow cookers are handy, all-in-one gadgets that do exactly as the name suggests – cook slowly. The idea is you can throw a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and return home to a delicious meal that’s ready to go.
Many also turn their hands to many different functions, such as cooking rice, porridge or steaming vegetables. They’re sometimes referred to as multi-cookers for this reason. Usage of this appliance has pretty much doubled since the 1980s.
Now, as the days grow shorter and colder, it’s a good time to enjoy winter classics that make you feel all warm inside. Whether you want to create a spicy chili or a rich chicken casserole, a slow cooker will get the job done.
There are some real gems on the market right now, too, including massive units that can comfortably feed the entire family, feature-heavy, high-tech numbers and straightforward, frill-free cheap slow cookers that cost no more than a single meal at a restaurant.
The best slow cookers can also make cooking as cheap as chips (but much healthier) and if you’re out at work or with kids all day, it’s a great way to come into a home cooked meal with minimum effort. When buying one, make sure you check the cooking capacity and consider if you want a keep-warm setting or a timer, as well as extra features like a digital display, on-light or extra levels of heat.
There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to slow cookers and rice cookers. Many have useful extra features, such as vegetable steaming and specialist rice modes, but the number of features isn’t the only thing to think about:
If you cook for the whole family, a larger slow cooker is a good idea. Most have a capacity of around three litres, but look for ones with 4.5 litres or more if you cook family meals often.
Standard slow cookers come in round or oval shapes. Which one is the best slow cooker type? There’s isn’t really a right answer. Think about what you’d like to cook in the slow cooker and let that dictate the shape you ultimately choose. For instance whole chickens, brisket or ribs will fit better in an oval shape, but if you’re usually making beans or stews, shape doesn’t matter as much and you can buy the one that fits better in your cabinet or on your counter.
One of the things to consider is how well a cooker retains heat. The best slow cookers have removable pots that retain heat well, which is ideal as you can simply pick up the pot and serve at the table straight from the pot.
We like slow cookers with flexible delay timers as they make it much easier to make sure whatever you’re cooking will be ready just when you need it. Check slow cooker reviews for how the timer works before buying.
Slow cookers and rice cookers have to be easy to clean. Our best slow cooker reviews 2016 also find that many are dishwasher safe too. Check if you’d rather not get your hands dirty.
Sauté & Searing
One final thing to consider is how you’ll prepare ingredients as some recipes require you to pre-cook ingredients. It’s worth considering a cooker that has a sauté and sear function, or can be used on a hob so you can cook ingredients in the pot. Less washing up is always a good thing.
Slow cookers have both high- and low-temperature cooking settings, but some also come with a warming function, which holds foods warm at a lower temperature. They can also be tied into built-in timers so that once the timer goes off, the slow cooker automatically switches to the warm setting.
The warming function lets you come to home to still-warm but not overcooked food if you’re out of the house longer than the food needs to cook for.
To be worthy of counter space, a digital slow cooker should be easy to program, have a keep-warm setting low enough to keep a pot roast from turning dry, and be able to handle delicate recipes like rice pudding.
If you don’t quite grasp the functionality of a slow cooker, it is usually better to cook by recipe a few times before making your own creations.
We’ve got you a nice and simple recipe for meatballs over buttered noodles to get you started and test your new slow cooker!
For meatballs over buttered noodles:
Cooking time: 3-4h
Warning: Large serving – cut down recipe to half if you’re alone!
|1. In your slow cooker, mix together the cream of mushroom / celery soup, french onion soup, and sour cream. Stir in the meatballs. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours.|
|2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with butter. Serve meatballs and sauce over the cooked pasta.|
|3. Add the seasoning – Done!|
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