In a world of fast food and even faster meal preparation times, the increasing popularity of slow cookers would appear to defy logic. While it has been eclipsed by sexier, high-tech gadgets, the slow cooker remains one of the most popular kitchen appliances today.
Slow cookers, or crock-pots, are a perfect appliance to fit anyone's lifestyle!
Original slow cooking enthusiasts were busy, young working people who needed to get good food on the table. Thirty years later, there is a second generation of cooks who are discovering the joy, too.
In fact, since the 1990s, these easy-to-use appliances have enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity with sales of over 4 million units in North America last year. (A price point that starts below $20 certainly has been a big help!)
Once you add the ingredients and turn it on, you can forget about it and devote your time to other activities.
Easy does it
Slow cooking tenderizes less expensive cuts of meat such as beef brisket, stewing beef and pork, pork shoulder roasts and chops. The lengthy cooking time makes these tougher cuts of meat more tender, and allows the flavors to blend -- resulting in tasty soups, stews, chilies and pot roasts.
How it works
As the food begins to heat up, a seal is formed between the stoneware and the covering lid. This keeps the liquid inside from evaporating and virtually eliminates the risk of sticking and scorching. As a result, this means the food doesn't need constant attention, and can be left unattended for several hours.
A variety of shapes and sizes
All are perfect for soups, stews, pot roasts, casseroles and everyday cooking. The large 6-quart size is best for big-batch cooking, for steamed puddings or for recipes that call for larger pieces of meat.
Not always the answer
Make the most of your slow cooker year 'round
So whether you're new to the world of slow cookers or just taking another look at what that old wedding present sitting alongside all of the other kitchen tools can do, get ready to discover all the amazing food you can make with your slow cooker!