A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

A Simple Yet Fabulous Slow Cooker [Product Review]

The Stay or Go slow cooker is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances that makes mealtime quick and easy whether it’s breakfast, dinner, or dessert.

When I got married, almost ten 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!

Originally Published On: February 1, 2018

Last Updated On: January 20, 2022

Why a Slow Cooker is Useful

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.

Which Slow Cooker is Best?

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 Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers can be used in a variety of ways. From meals that you build right in the crockpot. 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. There are recipes for breakfasts, desserts, drinks, gravy, and so many other delicious recipes.

View all of my Slow Cooker Recipes HERE.

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

  1. theclutterboxblog

    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.

  8. This is the best slow cooker you can buy. And thanks for the recipes too! I’ve been looking for some.

  9. Slow cookers have really stepped it up when it comes to special features. I love this slow cooker’s features!

  10. I’ve had a few slow cookers over the years. My latest one had a cute Mickey Mouse print on it but the handle would pop off every time it got hot. So… I got rid of it and haven’t replaced it yet. I miss it.

  11. I absolutely love slow cookers. They make it so much easier and take away a lot of the stress of cooking. I do have to get a new one though soon, I’ll have to put one on my wishlist!

  12. Bedabrata Chakraborty

    Honestly I was not aware of the slow cooker. I am huge on pot meals and not a big fan of elaborate cooking. I am surely going to invest in one of these. Thanks for providing the sources. Quick question – does red meat cook well in slow cookers?

  13. Jennifer Prince

    Ha! My crockpot is something I’ve had forever. I need to check what brand it is, now that you mention it. It’s almost the season to start making soups and such in my crockpot. Yum!

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