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  1. Hamilton Beach - Programmable Defrost 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe - STAINLESS STEEL - Front_Zoom

    Hamilton Beach - Programmable Defrost 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Temperature Probe - STAINLESS STEEL

    Your price for this item is $75.99
  2. Bella - 1.5-qt. Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel - Angle_Zoom

    Bella - 1.5-qt. Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel

    Your price for this item is $11.99
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    The previous price was $14.99
  3. Elite Gourmet - 2Qt. Compact Slow Cooker - Black - Front_Zoom

    Elite Gourmet - 2Qt. Compact Slow Cooker - Black

    Your price for this item is $17.99
  4. Elite Gourmet - 2Qt. Oval Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel - Front_Zoom

    Elite Gourmet - 2Qt. Oval Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel

    Color:
    Stainless Steel
    Model: MST-275XS
    SKU: 4555101
    Your price for this item is $19.99
  5. Cuisinart - Cook Central 4-Quart Multicooker - Stainless Steel - Angle_Zoom

    Cuisinart - Cook Central 4-Quart Multicooker - Stainless Steel

    Your price for this item is $129.95
  6. Hamilton Beach - 6-Quart Slow Cooker - Stainless - Front_Zoom

    Hamilton Beach - 6-Quart Slow Cooker - Stainless

    Your price for this item is $59.99
  7. Crock-Pot - 6-Quart Manual Slow Cooker - Black Stainless Steel - Front_Zoom

    Crock-Pot - 6-Quart Manual Slow Cooker - Black Stainless Steel

    Your price for this item is $29.99
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  9. Gourmia - 8.5-Quart Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel/Black - Front_Zoom

    Gourmia - 8.5-Quart Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel/Black

    Your price for this item is $59.99
  10. Elite Gourmet - Diamond Series 6Qt. Slow Cooker - Black - Alt_View_Zoom_13

    Elite Gourmet - Diamond Series 6Qt. Slow Cooker - Black

    Your price for this item is $55.99
  11. Cuisinart - 6.3qt Multi Cooker - Aluminum - Front_Zoom

    Cuisinart - 6.3qt Multi Cooker - Aluminum

    Your price for this item is $199.99
  12. Thermador - 10" x 16" Roasting Pan - Stainless Steel - Angle_Zoom

    Thermador - 10" x 16" Roasting Pan - Stainless Steel

    Model: TROASTERT
    SKU: 6258972

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    Your price for this item is $199.00
  13. Wolf Gourmet - Multi-Function Cooker - STAINLESS STEEL - Front_Zoom

    Wolf Gourmet - Multi-Function Cooker - STAINLESS STEEL

    Model: WGSC120SR
    SKU: 6523345

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    Your price for this item is $699.95
  14. Crock-Pot - 7qt Digital Slow Cooker - Platinum - Front_Zoom

    Crock-Pot - 7qt Digital Slow Cooker - Platinum

    Your price for this item is $59.99

Buying a Slow Cooker

Choosing the Best Slow Cooker for Your Cooking Style

Relatively inexpensive and easy to use, slow cookers can save you both time and money. Both a small or a large slow cooker provide virtually one-step cooking — you just combine all the ingredients, put on the lid and start cooking. The best slow cooker can roast, bake, cook and steam. It's ideal for making soups, stews, dinners of all types, dips, desserts, potatoes, and even bread.

Most slow cookers have three parts: a base containing a heating element, a cooking insert and a lid (usually transparent). Slow cookers range in size from 1 qt., perfect for appetizers or small servings, to 10 qt., suitable for feeding a crowd. They come in multiple sizes with many features: a triple slow cooker contains three individual chambers, while double slow cooker has two. Round slow cookers are great for cooking soups and stews, while oval ones can be better for cooking cuts of meat.

Many chefs seek out a programmable slow cooker so they can set a precise cooking time and avoid overcooked dinners that wind up in the trash can. You may want to seek out models that have a keep-warm setting, cool-touch exterior, hinged lid, heat-resistant handles, non-stick interior, and parts safe to clean in a dishwasher.

Tips for Using Your Slow Cooker

Use a low setting on your slow cooker as much as you can; it will help to bring out the flavors of the ingredients. Avoid removing the lid to check progress on your food since you'll allow heat to escape and lengthen cooking time. You'll also want to avoid overfilling the pot, since the ingredients may steam rather than simmer, compromising results. Some owner's manuals recommend underfilling the pot by one-quarter to one-half to prevent spillovers and provide perfect results.

Prep your recipes in advance by using a food processor to prepare vegetables or seasonings before you add them to the pot. Make sure you defrost frozen meats in a refrigerator before adding them to the slow cooker — you'll lower the risk of bacteria forming before the meat reaches a safe temperature. Remove fat from meats before putting them in a slow cooker to avoid pools of oil in your soup or stew. Liquids won't evaporate in a slow cooker as they do with other cooking methods, so you may need to transfer it to other cookware and reduce them to a glaze or sauce.

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