"Even its disadvantage can be a good thing. Yes, you have to think ahead, so food has time to cook. But that also means your dinner will be ready to eat as soon as you walk in from work," said Kathy Walsten, nutrition educator with Kansas State University's Family Nutrition Program.
Walsten listed these additional pluses of slow cooker use:
"If you don't want to add dinner preparation to your morning routine, you usually can prepare the ingredients the night before," Walsten said. "Store them, covered, in the refrigerator. Then all you'll have to do is dump them in the slow cooker, plug it in and walk away."
Slow cookers typically have two temperature settings - low (200 degrees) and high (300 degrees).
"Most books tell you that one hour on high equals two hours on low. The fact is, however, cooking on low makes meat juicier and more tender. And I can't imagine cooking tomato-based Italian dishes on anything other than low," Walsten said.
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