A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

When I got married, almost eight years ago, we were gifted many wonderful kitchen gadgets, utensils, and appliances. One appliance that gets the most use in our kitchen is our slow cooker. The one we have is a simple model, but it’s been used often over eight years and hasn’t shown any wear on it yet!

Ok yes, I did just watch that episode of This is Us, but my slow cooker/crockpot does not have a faulty switch. And besides, I don’t like to run it if I’m not home, and I always unplug it as soon as it’s done! Just figure I should throw out a few safety tips because we all know about #thisisus and the problem it caused!


The slow cooker can be useful in so many situations:

  • When you can’t all eat together, so everyone gets a warm meal
    I often use my slow cooker when I know we will have a busy evening and may not have the chance to all sit down for dinner together since we can each get our meal when we are ready. Tyler and Ryan recently started swim lessons, and Justin often has meetings on the same days so that dinner can be a little tricky.
  • You have more time in the morning to prepare dinner than you will in the evening
    Those evenings that you know are going to be crazy are perfect days for a slow cooker meal. You can prep it all in the morning, set the slow cooker, and have a nice warm meal ready in the evening.
  • Make meats more tender
    If you have some meats that are the less-expensive cuts, you can cook them in a slow cooker, and they will be nice and tender when you are done because of the slow low-temperature cooking.
  • Use less heat and electricity
    A slow cooker is perfect for making those warm, hearty soups in the winter, but also work great in the summer for keeping the temperature in the house down since they don’t use near as much heat or electricity as the oven.

A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

So which slow cooker is the best to use? Well, that depends on what you are looking for. I prefer the simple models because they seem to last longer since there is less to go wrong on them. We have the Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Stay or Go Slow Cooker and it is perfect for our family.

The Stay or Go is perfect for so many reasons:

  1. Simple to use: just put everything in, set it for the temperature you need, and put the lid on.
  2. Easy to clean: the inner stoneware comes out to clean separate from the base
  3. Seals: clips seal the lid so you can take it to a potluck party without worrying about it spilling on the way
  4. Good size: 6 quarts is large enough to make most soups and chilis, a 6-pound chicken or a 4-pound roast
  5. Carrying handles: also great for when you are taking this somewhere so you can carry it easily
  6. Dishwasher safe: the lid and inner stoneware can be cleaned in the dishwasher

Bonus for parents: If you use the clips while you are cooking, there is less worry about a curious child pulling at the cooker and having the lid and the hot contents spill out onto them.

Slow cookers can be used in a variety of ways, from meals that you build right in the crock pot, to meals that require a bit of prep work, to dump-and-cook freezer meals. But remember, a slow cooker can be used for more than just dinners, but also for breakfasts, desserts, drinks, gravy and so many other delicious recipes.

Some of my favorite recipes for a slow cooker:

 

Do you have a favorite recipe for your slow cooker? How often do you use yours?

You can check out this slow cooker and other wonderful products that I recommend on my Amazon store.

A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

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14 thoughts on “A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

  1. I love your first one about everyone getting a warm meal. That is seriously so important to me when I have people in my house! I really need to get a slow cooker!

  2. I always wondered how a slow cooker worked and now I know! They sound like a great idea and I like how many different dishes you can make in it.

  3. I love our slow cooker! I love going for a walk up the mountain with the dogs with the slow cooker on and then coming in to the delicious smell of the food cooking, it’s like someone’s been in the kitching conjuring up something so good.

  4. My friends Frank and Polly absolutely adore their slow cooker!! The things they make sound and look incredible! I’m hoping they’ll cook something for me with it at some point!

  5. My mom loves cooking in slow cookers… The flavorful aroma just fills the house and entices you! We have a big slow cooker at the moment and looking into getting her a more conveniently sized one and this looks perfect!

  6. My slow cooker is my life. <3 There are so many days that I get to come home to a fully cooked yummy meal that I didn't have to slave over and it's the best. My next one will definitely have a clip on lid for potlucks though!

  7. Slow cookers are definitely an amazing way to cook. I know that for me it takes the stress off of cooking a meal at the end of the day. This cooker looks amazing.

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