Video:Best Slow-Cookers and Crockpotswith Greyson Ferguson
Slow-cookers and crockpots can be extremely helpful if you buy the right model. Here are some tips on determining which slow-cookers and crockpots work best for you and your family.See Transcript
Transcript:Best Slow-Cookers and CrockpotsHey guys, Greyson Ferguson here with About.com. Today we are going to look at the best slow cookers.
There is no need to break the bank in order to purchase a solid crock pot. We are looking at three different pots with different features today. We have your standard Hamilton-Beach pot that comes in a few different colors, a slightly more advanced model from Crock-Pot, and a miniature crockpot from the same brand.
Choose Hamilton Beach for a Good Basic CrockpotWhen using a crockpot, you typically don't need to know a specific temperature. This Hamilton Beach model gives you the basic "Low" and "High" temperature gauges. It's large enough for any family and costs $30.
The model also comes in red. The red version has a lid lock that allows you to travel safely with the crockpot. As you can see this lid does not provide the lock, so it is best to move the contents into a different container if you plan on traveling with the food.
Crock-Pot Makes a Nicer Crockpot With More Advanced FeaturesThis model from Crock-Pot runs a little more at $50, but you are given some more temperature control and timing features. On the front you have a control panel that allows you to set the cooking time and the "Low" or "High" heat option. This is nice if you can't remember how long the food has been cooking for.
The lid is also more secure on top than the Hamilton Beach model, but it is still not designed for travel. One of the best features about this model is the thick coating between the control panel and the crockpot container. This prevents the controls from becoming hot while cooking. The Hamilton Beach model does not have this feature, so you must watch what you touch while cooking.
Crock-Pot Also Makes a Small Crockpot Good for DormsThis third option is a pint-sized crockpot. It is essentially void of any features, and it doesn't even have a low or high temperature gauge. To turn it on you simply plug it in.
This is best used for either sauces and dips, or for individuals living on their own, or for college students in a dorm room where space is at a premium. And for $10, you can't beat the price.
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