sábado, 25 de junio de 2016

What Pros Aren't Saying About Crock Pot Recipes and How This Affects You

crock pot recipes
The Tried and True Method for Crock Pot Recipes in Step by Step Detail

If you're new to cooking meat in a crockpot, this is a good concept to surely have a look at some of the most effective crockpot recipes to find out more and to give you a few ideas of what to really make. If you're making easy crockpot recipes using meat that's frozen, it is really a great notion to employ a cooking thermometer to make sure the meat isn't only cooked but safe to eat. When you have pork available, try these crockpot recipes for dinner! Chili recipes are ideal for the crock-pot.

The potatoes could be pierced before cooking. Brown meat agreeing with the recipe directions. It is then cooked within the crockpot until it is extremely tender. But crock pot cooking is, in addition, excellent for the summertime.

Developing a meal using a crockpot is easy. For example, this definitely is an interesting recipe that you may make within the crockpot at home. And as you get experienced you'll understand that the simple crockpot recipes can at times be the best crockpot recipes. You could always make use of a different dimensions but you may have to correct the recipe to account for the crockpot dimensions you've got.

Crock-pot cooking receives an awful rap sometimes. Dig out some previous recipes or find a brand-new one, and enjoy flavorful foods sans the hardship. To begin with, they have mom doing all of the cooking. You're able to include your favourite kinds of jams while cooking today.

Place rump roast within the crockpot. Place a tier of sauce mixture on the ground of the crockpot. Place roast in addition to apples. Be sure that you bring some chopped apple for some additional flavor.

Most recipes are formed to make use of a particular size crockpot. By simply employing a superb vegetarian recipe book and whatever ingredients you've got handy, you can simply throw everything into the pot permit it to simmer away. The challenge would be to obtain those recipes that aren't only fast and convenient, but tasty also. However, when you learn to make use of a crockpot that can be made such a wide variety of varieties of recipes to serve to your own family members and friends.

The Little-Known Secrets to Crock Pot Recipes

Due to the simplicity of crock pot cooking it could be the sound method for children to start to study how to cook. This is some thing to think about when figuring out what crockpot size is best for your loved ones. All crock pots aren't created equally and there are several things you should know. 1 benefit to using your crock pot within the summertime is really to spend less on air-conditioning costs.

Finding out how to cook assorted kinds of dishes will be able to help you recreate a number of the very same exceptional feelings you use to experience while eating an excellent home cooked meal or maybe a mouthwatering homemade dessert. Adding these few easy items will turn a superb meal into an important meal! By the time you'll be house, you'll have a prepared dinner.

I am hoping I have offered you some options to prevent the frozen dinners and quick food restaurants and make healthy meals without difficulty. It helps cooking of two dishes at the similar time. Serve with rice for an excellent meal. Place a tier of tortillas, then a tier of cheese.

miércoles, 17 de febrero de 2016

Wonderbag Non-Electric Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Red Batik

This just arrived yesterday and today was only my first use. From what I can tell it does what it is supposed to do, though the instructions might not be completely clear.

"Best you know this" announces the back page of the included booklet, and the "Times" chart suggests that rice and grains need five minutes on the stove and at least 45 minutes in the bag. It would be clearer to understand that it means five minutes on the stove *after* bringing the rice to a boil. Expect at least 10 minutes, possibly more for larger quantities.

I brought a pot of short grain rice to a boil, then simmered for 5 minutes to be sure that the rice was heated through. I opened up the Wonderbag, put a dish towel in the bottom (since the rice had boiled over a bit) and put the pot on top of the towel. Then I covered the pot with another towel, put the Wonderbag lid on the pot, and closed up the bag. I set the timer for an hour.

After an hour I opened the bag (and got a blast of steam) and checked the temperature of the rice. It was over 182°F, definitely hot enough to cook a grain. The rice was cooked perfectly.

The exterior of the bag was cool to the touch, and the countertop under the bag was cool. The interior was very hot, which tells me that the bag insulation is doing a great job of retaining the heat.

Since my pots have long handles, I picked up two pots with short handles and tight fitting lids to use in this bag. A 2 quart pot and a tall 8 quart pot both fit in the bag (individually--not at the same time,) and it's easy to arrange the bag to fit around either pot.

With all this insulation the bag is LARGE. It's going to take up a lot of space when not in use. I'll probably air it out and store it in a garbage bag in a closet somewhere. There's no room in my kitchen for something this large.

There's also no way to wash the bag. You can spot clean it if something spills, but you can't toss the bag into the wash. Wrapping the pot up in clean dish towels is a very good idea.

The Wonderbag is big and bulky and takes up a lot of space, and it's difficult to clean. But it does what it is supposed to do. It saves energy and it's going to keep my kitchen cool in the summer. In a hot place that last reason is good enough for me.

02/04/2014 update: It turns out that storage hasn't been a problem. I never store this bag. It gets used almost daily, and when I'm done with it I drape it over a bar stool to air out. I've even left it there when friends visit--no one sits on the bar stools anyway, and it creates instant conversation.

I've made lots of different things with this bag, but my favorite is rice. With a pot on the stove or even a rice cooker, there's always an overcooked layer of rice stuck to the bottom. Not with the Wonderbag. I'm still amazed when I open the lid and the entire pot of rice is perfect. I cook rice in the bag for an hour, but I've left a pot of rice in the bag for nearly two hours once, and it was still very hot and not overcooked.

Two days ago I started some dried kidney beans just before bed. I boiled them for half an hour before putting them into the bag for exactly twelve hours. They were just slightly firm, so they could have cooked a little more, but even after 12 hours they were warm enough to serve. I'll probably soak the beans next time. (Thanks to David Garcia for reminding me to point out that kidney beans must be boiled for several minutes!)

I've got my share of impulse buys and kitchen gadgets that seemed like a great idea at the time and that never get used. This bag isn't one of those. It saves me money, since the stove and oven aren't on for hours; it's easy, because no stirring or attention are required at all; and it does a great job of cooking food for hours. It keeps food hot enough for long enough that I'm not worried about food safety. It's such a simple thing and a really great idea. Since my concern about storage has turned out to not be a problem, I guess I should upgrade my review to five stars.

10/25/2014 update: Some suggestions have been made in the comments. Here are a few:

yakoanders has washed the Wonderbag, but puts a dishtowel under the pot to keep the bag clean (comments page 1)

Someone suggested Scotchgard, but 3M said no, don't use it on the Wonderbag (comments page 1)

I pointed out that if you're going to buy this bag (or any other item) from Amazon, you can go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and have part of your purchase price donated to the charity of your choice (comments page 5)

HeartofAvalon has instructions for making yogurt (comments page 6)

I also loved Jeri P. Cary's answer to a question about storage space:

My storage solution might not work for everyone, but I just put it on the couch. It looks like a stylish round pillow. :-)


6/17/2015 update: Someone just reminded me of another advantage. I live in an area that has frequent power outages. Most of the time it's for a second or two, just enough to make all the clocks blink. Sometimes they last for hours.

I used to get home and wonder about the food in the crock pot. How long was it sitting on the counter without power? Is it fully cooked? Has it spoiled? I've tossed a few meals because it wasn't worth the risk.

Because the Wonderbag is just an insulated bag, this isn't a problem. The temperature when I open the bag is the coolest it's been all day. And if the power is still off when I get home, dinner is ready anyway. This probably isn't a problem for a lot of people, but here, especially in the summer, it's a regular thing.

Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook, Red Batik

What's a Wonderbag?

Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary non-electric, portable slow cooker. Wonderbag's clever insulation allows food that has been brought to the boil to continue slow cooking or warm while in the bag. No plugs. No Fuss. No electricity required, so it’s worry-free.

Slow Cooking with Wonderbag

Hearty Chipotle Chili
Slow Cooking with Wonderbag

To slow cook, simply bring food to a boil on a stove, let simmer (5 minutes for rice and grains, 15 minutes for root vegetables, meat or presoaked beans), then put the pot with lid into your Wonderbag, close tightly, and slow cook to perfection up to 12 hours. Because it is not on direct heat, it will never overcook or burn. Wonderbag is perfect for bringing delicious home cooked meals to potlucks, dinner parties, tailgating, or camping. It's perfect for holidays when stove and counter space are at a premium.

Powerless is Powerful

Powerless is powerful. Wonderbag isn’t just a powerless cooker; it’s an instrument for change. 3 billion women still cook over wood fires, a major source of health, environmental and socio-economic issues. By drastically reducing time spent cooking, the Wonderbag empowers women across Africa to participate in more activities outside of the home enhancing their quality of life. Using the Wonderbag helps save water, reduces the carbon footprint, minimizes deforestation, smoke inhalation diseases and deaths. One Wonderbag per year saves 1.7 trees, 1000 liters of water and 1,248 hours of time not spent collecting firewood. For every Wonderbag purchased in the US, one is donated to a family in need in Africa.

Hearty Chipotle Chili

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey. 1 small onion, chopped. 1 medium red or green bell pepper, chopped. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped. 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper. 1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes. 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained. 3.5 cups of beef stock. Directions: Cook ground beef, onion, red pepper and garlic in 4-quart saucepan, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and vegetables are tender. Stir ibeef stock - Beef and chipotle chile pepper until stock is melted. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through. This takes about 15 minutes. Place your lidded pot in the Wonderbag for for a minimum of 1 hours and up to 4 hours for flavors to mingle. Serve, if desired, with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and/or chopped cilantro.

Perfectly Fluffy Rice or Grains

Directions: Add 1 cup of rice (white or brown), barley, bulgur wheat or quinoa to 2 cups broth and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Put in Wonderbag for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Powerless is Powerful
Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 2 diced onions. 3 tablespoons of olive oil. 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced. 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme. 4 cups broth. Directions: Saute 2 diced onions with oil on medium high heat for 5 minutes in large pot. Add butternut squash, and broth. Boil for 5 minutes. Add thyme. Put lidded pot into Wonderbag for at least 2 hours. Blend. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Best You Know This

Use with copper, steel, aluminum, enameled cast iron, or glassware pots in standard sizes with short handles and tight fitting lid. Use the right sized pot for the food you want to cook in order to best retain heat.
Bring all food to a boil before putting into a Wonderbag. For best results keep bag and pot closed for the entire cooking time.
Hand wash, hang dry. Use a dishtowel in the base of the Wonderbag to protect it from spills.
There is no evaporation when cooking, so use less liquid than you otherwise would. If using alcohol in your recipe, allow it to boil off for 5 minutes before placing in Wonderbag.
Please note: Wonderbag will arrive vacuum sealed and must be fluffed up before first usage.

  • Eco-friendly slow cooking. No plugs, no fuss: Slow cooks your food, unplugged, by retaining the heat from an initial simmer on the stove
  • Electricity free and worry free. Away at work or play? Keep your dish cooking for up to 12 hours without electricity, ready-to-serve when you are. No overcooking, no burning. Great for beach outings, potlucks, BBQ's, camping, or entertaining - anywhere, anytime, any occasion
  • Stress free holidays. Perfect for the holidays when stove and counter space are at a premium. Many uses: keeps items cold or frozen, too!
  • Buy One, Donate One. For every Wonderbag purchased in the US, one is donated to a family in need in Africa. One Wonderbag per year saves 1.7 trees, 1000 liters of water, 1,248 hours not spent collecting firewood
  • Fits your home. Works with 2-9 Quart pots with short handles and lid; metal and cast iron work best

3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is just the right size for one or two people, it is easy to use and cleans up very easy.

068459255570 Features: -Touchpad control panel with LED timer display. -24-Hour cooking timer. -Off/On, Keep Warm, Simmer, Low, and High settings. -Removable 3. -5-Quart oval ceramic cooking pot. -Automatically shifts to Warm when cook time ends. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -8.23". Overall Width - Side to Side: -13.61". Overall Product Weight: -11.6 lbs. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -9.57".

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  • This electric slow cooker has a contemporary design with sleek brushed stainless steel housing ...
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  • Capacity: 3½ quarts
  • Dimensions: 12-2/3"L × 9-1/8"W × 9½"H

Fagor 670041960 LUX Multi Cooker, 8 quart, Silver

Wow.....this thing is fantastic.....it browns, sautés, simmers, slow cooks and pressure cooks.....it's a great rice cooker......it heats quickly as opposed to some of the other electric pressure cookers.....have not had to adjust recipe times....have moved treasured items from kitchen counter to make permanent space for the most used cooking appliance in the kitchen......I cook things now that I would never have attempted....wonderful things...no more canned items.....stews, soups, sauces, all quick and easy now......one of the best supporting cookbooks has been the America's Test Kitchen Pressure Cooker cookbook.....I only regret not having purchased this appliance much sooner...buy it....it's the most practical/convenient cooking appliance you'll ever have....(PS....I have a Viking stove)....

From Pressure Cooking to Yogurt Making and Everything in between!! The Fagor LUX 8-Quart Multi-Cooker is a state of the art electric cooker that offers the convenience of four cooking tools in one machine. It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker all-in-one. Additional assist functions such as brown, saute, simmer, steam and keep warm make this unit a one pot cooking vessel.

Cooking Programs:
Pressure Cooking: reduce your cooking time up to 70% compared to traditional cooking methods. Choose between high and low pressure to prepare a great variety of meals in minutes. Cook risotto in less than 10 minutes, chicken stock in 30 minutes and cheesecake in 25 minutes!
Slow Cooking: prepare classics such as pot roasts, soups and stews. Choose Between high and low temperature settings. Add ingredients in the morning and dinner will be waiting for you.
Rice Cooking: with three separate functions for White Rice, Brown Rice and Risotto, you will get perfectly cooked rice at the push of a button.
Yogurt Maker: a new function for the LUX Multi-Cooker that allows you to safely pasteurize the milk and incubate your yogurt in one pot. You can also make Greek Yogurt!
Assist Cooking Functions:
Brown and Saute: allowing you to brown and saute your foods in the same pot before cooking.
Simmer: extract flavors without boiling away the cooking liquid and deepen your sauces.
Steam: cook your vegetables and fish with steam and preserve their nutrients during the cooking process.
Keep Warm: launches at the end of your cooking time to ensure food will remain warm until the unit is shut off.
Time Delay: allows you to delay cooking up to 6 hours

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  • Pressure cooking on both high and low options up to 99 minutes. Slow Cooking high or low options up to 10 hours
  • Keep warm function up to 12 hours and Time Delay function up to 6 hours
  • Cook a variety of meals in this all-including regular yogurt and even Greek yogurt
  • Blue removable Non-Stick ceramic cooking pot is dishwasher safe, PFOA free and FDA safe. Has a convenient measuring guide inside
  • Unit includes a user's manual, recipe booklet and a free digital recipe book - Uses regular household 110 - 120V 1000 -1000W of power

Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) (10-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Rice Cooker, Food Steamer & Slow Cooker (ARC-2000ASB)

Love it! I can make as much or as little rice as I need. I especially like the non-stick interior pan. It' so easy to clean!

Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma Professional Series 20-Cup Sensor Logic Rice Cooker, Food Steamer & Slow Cooker. Restaurant-quality rice. Healthy steamed meals. Delicious one-pot dishes. Prepare all this and more at the touch of a button! Aroma takes the "cook" out of home cooking - turning kitchen time into your time! Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time or pick up that novel you've been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love. This convenient cooker's generous capacity perfectly cooks 4 to 20 cups of any variety of rice with specialized functions for both White and Brown Rice. Once the rice has finished, it will automatically switch to Keep-Warm so there's no need for monitoring or stirring. Unique Sensor Logic Technology uses an on-board micro-computer that 'thinks' for itself to automatically optimize cooking temperature to enhance flavor and texture. The Steam Tray allows for healthy steaming of meats and vegetables, even as rice cooks below! Need rice in a pinch? Save time with the Quick Rice function which cuts cooking time by up to 50%. With Aroma's high and low Slow Cook functions your rice cooker transforms into a 3-quart slow cooker, furthering its use as a meal-making powerhouse. The programmable 15-hour delay timer is great for families on the go, delivering delicious rice ready when it's needed. And when the cooking is done, the inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher.Recipe Booklet, Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup, Serving Spatula and Soup Ladle included.

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  • Aroma is the #1 rice cooker brand in the US.
  • Capacity: Yields up to 20 cups of COOKED rice (approx. 20 servings).
  • Easy-to-use functions: White/Brown Rice, Quick Rice, Smart Steam, High/Low Slow Cook, Keep Warm and a Programmable 15-Hour Delay Timer.
  • Quick tip: Smart Steam allows for steam time to be set for automatic shut-off.
  • Includes Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup, Serving Spatula, Soup Ladle and Recipe Booklet.
  • Number 1 Rice Cooker Brand in the US
  • Perfectly prepares 4 to 20 cups of cooked rice
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BELLA 13576 2.5QT Triple Slow Cooker with Lid Rests, Stainless Steel

I decided to write a review for two reasons. First, this is the BEST THING EVER to serve a crowd. So much so, I am thinking of buying another one just to have a backup! Secondly, some of the answers to the frequently asked questions are incorrect, incomplete or just plain ignorant and I wanted to set the record straight.

Enter the "is this a slower cooker or just reheater" question. The item is called Bella Triple SLOW COOKER (my caps) - YES it is a slow cooker - it's like three 2.5qt crock pots - and YES you can cook three different things at three different temperatures. The knob settings are warm, low, medium and high for EACH crock.

I am so careful with this because it is precious to me, so I haven't broken anything and know nothing about replacing anything.

The lid holders are HEAVENLY and it also comes with three servers that you can leave right in the crocks when it's time to serve. There's a carved out notch for the handle in each crock.

Do not get the ones with smaller (1 or 1.5qt) and do NOT buy any of any brand without stable lid holders that allow steam to run right back into the crock.

This triple buffet server has 3 compartments that holds 2.5 quarts. It is perfect for serving and cooking. It has non-skid feet, compact space saving design, and stainless steel finish. The individual temperature controls allows use of 1, 2, or all 3 at once. The settings are off, low, high, and warm.

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  • Individual silver temperature controls to use 1, 2, or all 3 slow cookers
  • Compact space saving design
  • Non-skid feet
  • Durable stoneware pots with spoon rests
  • Settings; off, low, high, and warm

Breville BSC560XL Stainless-Steel 7-Quart Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert

I have several Breville products and am always impressed with their high quality.
I love the easy sear insert and the included roasting rack. Seared meat and vegetables have much more flavor. With this slow cooker, you are able to sear a roast in the insert over the stovepot, take the roast out to insert the rack, put the roast back in, add the rest of your ingredients, and then put the insert into the slow cooker until finished. So easy and so tasty! You can also use the insert to make dishes normally not done in a slow cooker. After cooking the dish on the stove, you can put it in the slow cooker and keep it warm. Perfect for potluck dinners. You can't go wrong with this Breville Slow Cooker!

Slow cook meats and stews to perfection. Sear, sauté, and brown on the stove-top and finish slow without losing any depth of flavor or nutrients. Low setting for gentle, uniform heat to deepen rich flavors. High and Dual settings for better cuts of meats and dishes featuring vegetables and grains like soups or stews. Cool touch handle lets you easily move from stove to cooker.

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  • Stainless-steel 7-quart slow cooker with wrap-around heating element
  • Nonstick, die-cast-aluminum insert can be used for stovetop searing or oven roasting
  • Temperature-control dial; 3 heat settings; domed stainless-steel lid; removable cord
  • Removable silicone handle covers; stainless-steel roasting rack included
  • Measures approximately 18-1/4 by 11-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty

6-Quart Programmable Searing Slow Cooker

My husband bought this for me for Christmas. It has quickly became our go-to slow cooker as it sits on our countertop it is used so much. We cook in it at least a couple of times every week. I love that it is timer programmable, has an automatic switch to warm feature, it is very well made and does not look or feel cheap. Best of all is that the actual crock portion is made of metal and not stoneware. I have cracked so many crocks since we moved out on our own, that this one feature was worth switching to the HB brand. I also like that you have the option of using the crock piece on your stovetop to brown meats and veggies, but you don't have to if you don't want. It does cook very hot, I love that! Some slow cookers don't cook very hot, this one I never have to doubt that our meals are ready after only 5 short hours on Low. The only thing that I don't care for is that the metal crock handles and the actual handles and crock itself get very hot while cooking. We have a toddler, so I make sure it is far back on the counter so his little fingers can't touch it. Other than that one aspect, it is great! I would buy it all over again if needed and highly recommend it.

33567 Features: -Simple programmability just set the time and temperature. -Sear or brown meat on your stovetop then finish meal in your slow cooker. -Cast aluminum heats evenly and cooks directly on gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. -Perfect size for 6 lb. chicken or 4 lb. roast. -One-pan convenience one less dish to clean. -Delicious flavor browning meat enhances the flavor and appearance of the finished dish. Product Type: -Slow cooker. Shape: -Oval. Finish: -Silver. Temperature Probe Included: -Yes. Capacity: -6 Quarts. Operation Type: -Programmable. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -10.4". Overall Width - Side to Side: -16.7". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -11.8". Overall Product Weight: -8.4 lbs.

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  • Simple programmability - just set the time & temperature
  • 6 quart programmable
  • Sear or brown meat on your stovetop...then finish meal in your slow cooker
  • Premium diecast cookware - cast aluminum heats evenly and cooks directly on gas, electric, or
  • Perfect size for 6 lb. chicken or 4 lb. roast

KitchenAid KMC4241CA Multi-Cooker - Candy Apple

The first question I had when I looked at this thing was “what purpose does this serve?” Apparently, multi-cooker appliances are now a thing and I missed the trend. So if you’re new to this like me, know that this little appliance acts as an oven, stovetop with pot, and slow cooker. It combines all of these functions rather gracefully, actually, which is in stark contrast to my general experience with convergence devices.

That isn’t to say my experience with this appliance hasn’t had a couple of bumps – it has – but the true worth of this or any other appliance is whether the potential outweighs the bumps. In this case, I think it does.

I’ll start with the looks of the thing. Stainless is nice but I think it’s also getting a little passe. If you want pop and attitude, the Candy Apple Red model is your choice. The photos don’t really show the true color. Think modern Ferrari. In fact, with the color, the glass top, and the chrome accents, I kind of think this appliance SHOULD be sporting a Ferarri logo somewhere. Simply put – it’s beautiful. Take this to cooking club and you will be the toast of the ball. It’s also a bit larger than I thought it would be, with thick double-walls surrounding the removable pot (er, “cooking chamber.”). This construction is important, as temperatures in this thing can go up as high as 450 degrees. Even at full bore, the outer surface of the appliance didn’t get overly hot. Very important for a countertop cooking device. The pot itself is aggressively nonstick, something that is greatly appreciated…you’ll see when I describe my experiences with braising.

So what do you use this thing for? Well, it’s pretty general purpose. Basically anything you can do in an oven or stovetop you can do with this thing. And now I hear a couple of you saying “well then, why do I need it?!” And that’s a good question. In my case, my oven takes FOREVER to heat up, which contrasts with the speed in which this appliance can get to temperature. You also have pretty good control of your temperature, either via preset modes or through a manual mode. Rare is the stovetop that will let you set a specific temperature as opposed to vague “med, med high” and so on. Sadly, although the manual temperature settings are within a fairly wide range, they are within a range nonetheless. The lowest you can manually set the temperature is 165 degrees. In the back of my mind I was thinking this would be useful as a kind of poor-man’s Sous Vide cooker, but 165 degrees is going to be too high for that cooking method. Adding frustration to the mix is that the device itself is perfectly capable of going below that (indeed, the yogurt setting works at a comfortable 110 degrees) but the manual setting interface won’t allow it. So bummer.

Rice, on the other hand, is very easy to make with this device…and you can make a LOT of rice. It’s roughly double the capacity of my rice cooker, although it seems somewhat slower. A full pot of rice took 35 minutes to make. Soup? Easy. In fact, this device makes for the easiest preparation of Onion Soup that I’ve ever seen. Fill the thing with cut up onions, let them cook down to carmelized golden goodness, then add your beef stock and other stuff. Easy. And appreciated is the aforementioned yogurt mode. Making yogurt requires very precise temperature control, which again is usually out of the range of a typical stovetop. I had previously relied on an Alton Brown method of using a heating pad combined with a bowl (not going to ever buy a dedicated yogurt maker), but this device allows me to free up a heating pad. It works. Roasting? Check. Steaming? Check. The only limit is your imagination.

Or is it?

So now for one of those bumps I mentioned – braising. At first glance you’d think this would be a natural for braising. The trouble is that braising requires a tight-fitting container to keep the liquid from evaporating. And out of the box, this device does not give you that. The lid has a hole in the top (just like a slow cooker’s), there is no gasket, and it’s well made but not heavy. My first attempt at braising was to do ribs (yes, ribs…cut them in two-bone portions and you can fit a full rack in here). The liquid evaporated away and left a black mess at the bottom of the pot. However, the pot is seriously nonstick and cleanup was effortless.

Time for a hack: extra-wide heavy duty aluminum foil, covering the pot with the lid on top of it. Not only did it work like crazy, but the unit heated up about twice as fast.

It dawns on me that now it looks like I’m gushing. I guess I am. This device does that to a person. When you open up that box, the possibilities seem endless. You can’t wait to get your hands dirty and see what it can do…and it can do a lot. It is invaluable for making baked beans from scratch, which includes soaking the beans. It makes mac and cheese with grace. Using this to make my Nana’s ragu is a dream.

So I may have been blindsided by the whole Multi-Cooker trend…but I’m rapidly getting up to speed. This device is a handy and useful addition to my kitchen.

The KitchenAid multi-cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than 10 cooking methods for amazing versatility. With even heat technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 110 degrees to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking.

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  • Over 10 cooking methods, with 4 step-by-step modes
  • Even heat technology
  • 4-Quart cooking pot with coating and pour spout
  • Dual purpose steam basket and roasting rack
  • Soft grip handle with clear tempered glass lid

Hamilton Beach 33265 6-Quart Programmable Cool-Surround Slow Cooker

For over 30 years I've used a round, crock pot. It cooks well, but I never liked roasting whole chickens vertically. I decided to look for an oval crockpot, and after searching, I chose this HB model because like to brown meats before cooking them, and, since this model allows you to brown meats on the stove, in the same pot, it was great for my needs. Another plus is that the outside of the unit stays cool while cooking which is important to me because I have grandchildren that love to help me in the kitchen. Programming the cooker is super easy. Choose the low or high temp and choose how long you want it to cook. It works great for my needs.

Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker - 33265

Everyone hates the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” Slow cookers solve this dilemma that every family faces on weeknights. With a slow cooker in your cooking arsenal, coming home to a hot, table-ready dinner is as simple as adding ingredients in the morning.

A slow cooker brings a “no-watch” convenience to preparing meals, but many worry about the hot exteriors when picking up the appliance. The Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has this problem solved. Its base is insulated to help keep most of the heat on the inside, where it’s needed most. Along with its cool design, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker is equipped with a nonstick removable pan that goes on the stovetop for easy browning. More lightweight than traditional stoneware, the aluminum insert pan offers cooks the benefit of fast, even heating on the stovetop and eliminates the need to clean a second pan afterwards.

Not only is the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker full of smart ideas to make life easier, it was also designed with simple programmability in mind. An intuitive control panel makes setting the time and temperature a simple matter of pressing a few buttons, and the cooker’s even heating performance ensures that meals come out the way you want them to: tender and delicious.


Insulated base has cooler sides than the leading competitor
Cool-touch base handles
Nonstick pan removes for easy browning and searing on the stovetop
6 quart aluminum insert pan fits a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roast
Reduced energy consumption; our most energy-efficient slow cooker
Simple programmability with +/- buttons for temperature and large, easy-to-read heat buttons for OFF, HIGH, LOW & WARM
The glass lid is dishwasher safe and the insert pan is nonstick so baked-on foods are wiped away easily
Wraparound, even heat cooks food evenly and consistently
Questions are supported by a toll-free call center located in the U.S.
Backed with a one-year warranty

Simple Programmability

The Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has simple buttons for selecting the cooking time and temperature and either one can be adjusted anytime, even after you start cooking. During the cooking cycle, the countdown display on the control panel shows the remaining time so you can see it at a glance. When the cooking time is up, the slow cooker automatically switches to WARM. If you forget to turn the slow cooker OFF for any reason, the unit will automatically shut off after 14 hours of total cooking time.

Stovetop Searing

Many recipes recommend browning or searing meat prior to slow cooking. While this step is not required, it can enhance the meal’s flavor. To make browning easy, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has a removable, stovetop-safe pan. This insert pan is made of nonstick aluminum, so it heats quickly and evenly and is perfect for browning. When you brown or sear food, the delicious flavor you start on your stovetop will improve the taste of your finished meal.

Designed by Consumers, For Consumers

At Hamilton Beach, every appliance has to perform well for consumers before it ever makes it onto the shelf. As we design products, we seek out honest feedback and opinions from a variety of sources. Now that’s Good Thinking.®

Our research revealed that consumers are frustrated with hot surface temperatures on slow cookers. With that in mind, we developed a plastic body with handles that are fully integrated into the design. As a result, the aluminum pan is nestled entirely inside the insulated housing as food cooks, so the sides and the handles remain cooler to the touch.

We also identified several innovation opportunities for the slow cooker’s inside. Traditional crocks are heavy and are not stovetop safe. Since many slow cooker recipes call for browning on the stovetop, people need a separate pan to cook with — and clean. To avoid that inconvenience, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker is equipped with a lighter, stovetop-safe aluminum pan with nonstick performance.


For those new to the slow cooking method, there are a few things you should know. First, how high you fill the crock (also called the insert pan, stoneware, cookware or vessel) is important. To prevent overcooking, the crock should be filled anywhere from half full up to no more than one inch from the rim. Leave more room when cooking with liquid. When cooking soups or stews, leave a 2-inch (5 cm) space between the top of the crock and the food so the recipe can come to a simmer.

Secondly, lifting the lid during cooking will cause the crock to lose heat and it will take longer for your meal to cook. Unless your recipe specifically calls for stirring, resist lifting the lid. Last but not least, if you want to store leftovers after cooking, do NOT place the entire crock in the refrigerator. Contents will take too long to cool. Instead, divide leftovers into smaller containers and then place in the refrigerator.

Cooking Meat

A slow cooker is great for foods that are not naturally tender, like meat. Similar to braising, slow cookers tenderize meat slowly as it cooks. Cuts such as chuck roast, pork butt, short ribs or chicken thigh produce great results. These are the least-expensive cuts but also the most flavorful. If fat is an issue, refrigerate the contents after cooking and skim off the extra fat before serving. Note: you must thaw frozen meat and poultry before adding it to the slow cooker.

Cooking Side Dishes or Dessert

Main courses, soups and "one-pot" meals are not the only things that slow cookers are great for preparing. They are also perfect for making side dishes and dessert, especially when your main oven is full. Check out the recipes found at www.HamiltonBeach.com that were developed and tested by the culinary experts in the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen.

How to Adapt Recipes

You can convert your favorite recipes to slow cooker recipes if you learn these important differences first:

Liquids do not evaporate in a slow cooker. So unless you are cooking rice, pasta, or beans, reduce amount of liquid to 1/2 of the amount called for in your recipe.
Fresh vegetables produce more desirable results than canned and frozen vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables take less time to cook and can produce overcooked dishes.
Potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic should be washed and cut in uniform pieces, then placed in the bottom of the crock.
Ground beef should be browned and drained before slow cooking to remove grease.
Tender foods such as pasta, asparagus and snow peas should be added in the last hour of cooking.
Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and sour cream should be added in the last half hour of cooking.
Seafood such as shrimp, scallops, and fish should be added in the last 15-30 minutes of cooking.
Time Conversion Chart

Fill your slow cooker at least 2/3 full and use this chart to adapt your recipes:

Conventional Recipe Time