testing new slow cookers
More and more brands and models can make the whole process a bit overwhelming.
Whether you want to upgrade the tired pass heir on the kitchen counter or you finally decide to buy it for the first time, here are some tips to help you find the perfect match.
First, consider the size.
How big is your family and how important is leftovers?
The slow cooker has various sizes and has a small capacity range (
1 to 1/2 quarts), medium (
3 to 4 1/2 quarts)and large (
5 to 6 quarts, up to 8 quarts).
About a quart of capacity is allowed per person, so a medium cooker should be able to feed a family of four.
Choose a larger unit if you like leftovers.
But remember to use recipes designed for the size units you purchased;
Don\'t try recipes that are larger or smaller than the cooker capacity.
Users who are often used will usually have units of different sizes.
Many cookware including stovetop and oven-safe inserts.
Metal inserts allow to stir-fry ingredients directly at the top of the stove before cooking, adding more color and flavor without staining the extra pot;
The anode alumina or non-stick finishing options make cleaning easier. And oven-
Safe insert is great for the last time
Heat or re-heat.
Most inserts and covers are also dishwashersafe.
Newer models usually include almost \"Jetsons \"-
Like digital options, offer more flexibility for busy chefs.
The programmable heating and timing function allows a unit to cook within a set time, automatically reducing the heat to \"warm\" when the formula is complete \".
Some models include sensory probes that tell when the cooking of a barbecue or meat is perfect.
The model we tested is listed below. --noelle. carter@latimes. com--(
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3 1/2 to DINNERCuisinart-
Quart Programmable slow cooker includes ceramic plug-in
The model comes with 24-
Hour LCD countdown timer, automatically switch to warm when the content is finished cooking.
Four Settings: high, low, slow, hot.
This is one of our favorite slow cooker.
Programmable timer is a great advantage that allows the chef to set the cooking time in halfHourly increment.
The ceramic plug-in provides continuous and reliable heating and cooking.
The insert and lid are dishwasher-safe.
How much: about $60 in Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy\'s, crates and barrels, www. amazon. com and www. cooking. com.
7-2016 big KAHUNAThe KitchenAid
The capacity and power of Quart Slow Cooker are very high.
It is heated at 400-fast
The Watt heating element has an \"electronic temperature management system that is accurate and responsive.
\"It provides a programmable cooking time of 10 hours, which automatically reduces heat to warmth when the timer is complete.
Settings: Buffet, sim, low, high, automatic.
Our idea is: everything in this unit is very big;
There is even a bumper at the back of the unit. The 7-
Quart ceramic plug-in itself is heavy and embarrassing;
It takes a lot of power to fill and move.
However, it has a lot-
Level indicator, so you know the amount of content you are cooking.
The large digital cooking display is easy to read.
The lid is not always flush with the top of the insert.
The unit is heated very quickly and adjusted throughout the process to maintain a consistent temperature.
The insert and lid are dishwasher-safe.
How much: The target is about $130;
Bed, bathroom and others; Macy\'s and www. amazon. com. THE ALL-IN-
One west Bend\'s 5-
Quart rectangular slow cooker promises allin-
A slow cooker and grill with an insert advertised as safe for the top of the stove and oven;
It also has its own suitcase.
There are five settings for adjustable temperature control.
Our idea is: there is a lot of commitment to this model and, if any, very little to offer.
Once inserted, the model will start warming automatically-
No \"off\" settings--
This can cause burns if you are not careful.
It\'s made in an oven. and stove-top-
Safe, in the fine printing of the manual, there is a limit on the heating height of the thin plug-in.
Only plastic or rubber appliances can be used for the insert, as the metal will scratch the coating.
The lid does not cover the insert firmly and it is easy to fall off.
This model, like a baking pan, needs to be heated forever (
It took us 45 minutes to fry three slices of bacon and 10 minutes to fry an egg with the highest baking pan).
How much: Macy\'s, Target and www are about $55. amazon. com.
Luxury model-Clad 7-
Quart luxury slow cooker with casting
Aluminum inserts for the oven-and stove-top-safe (
Both the insert and the lid can run on the top of the stove as a Dutch oven).
After the cooking is complete, the programmable timer automatically switches to warm.
The model is made of stainless steel appearance.
We think this is a huge and expensive exhibition.
The appearance was large and impressive, but after using it several times, we found it hard to keep the stainless steel clean and almost unbearable heat.
The stainless steel lid prevents us from checking the contents while cooking;
The lid itself is very thin, light in weight, the handle becomes very hot and requires a pit.
Casting Aluminum minimizes confusion and simplifies cleaning.
How much: about $280, exclusive Williams model-Sonoma.
No. 5 Hamilton Beach 1/2-
Slow cooker Quart Slow single room
Easy Pan, removable castingAluminum plug-in.
The insert promises uniform heating and non-stick performance, both the insert and the lid are oven-safe.
The vent of the lid allows the steam to escape while keeping the lid safe.
Manually control the model through three settings (
High, low, warm).
Our idea is: this is a good basic model for fast continuous heating. The cast-
The aluminum plug-in keeps the mess in a pot, and the handle on the side makes the plug-in easy to operate.
The device will not automatically switch to \"warm\" or \"off\" and more supervision is required.
Although the stainless steel appearance matches many kitchens, it is difficult to keep clean and get hot when the equipment is running.
How much: Available in March 10, around $80 at www. hamilton beach. com.
Hamilton Beach 5 1/2
When portability is a problem, Quart luxury accommodation or slow cooker combines many features.
It includes a service spoon and a removable recipe cardholder with a sturdy handle and jar
The style clip locks the entire unit to prevent spills during travel or to accommodate the entire unit for easy storage. The pop-
When stored, the cover backrest doubles as a wire package.
Manually control the device through three settings (
High, low, warm).
We think this is a good travel model.
The Stone insert heats up quickly.
Although we like this clip
The lid is tight and we find that when the device is in use, it needs to be locked all the time, or the heat will escape when the contents are cooked.
The stainless steel exterior becomes very hot when the device is in use.
Otherwise, we like the additional features mentioned above.
How much: Target and www were around $40 in March 10. hamiltonbeach. com. --
Lindsay batter and Mary Kelly contributed to the report.