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7 Quart
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370 W
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LCD Display
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Dishwasher Safe
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Stainless Steel
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Stainless Steel
Pros
  • Fun look
  • Cool touch handles
  • Stoneware pot
  • Programmable
  • Shifts to warm
  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Easy to clean
  • Flexible programming
  • 7 quart capacity
  • Switches modes
  • LCD display
  • 3 year warranty
  • Removable stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 4 quart capacit
  • Serves 8 people
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stoneware glass lid
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  • Easy to clean
  • Works well
  • Quickly cook
  • Lightweight
  • Automatically switches
  • Easily programmed
  • Lightweight quality
  • Timer works great
  • Easy to clean
  • Effective cooker
  • Easy to clean
  • Easier to handle
  • Perfect size
  • Easy to clean
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  • Inexpensive cooker
  • Worked great
  • Heats quickly
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Last Updated: October 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

A slow cooker is a small counter-top kitchen appliance which uses electricity for cooking. As implied by the title, slow cookers cook food over a long period of time, maintaining a relatively low temperature all through.

The Primary Function of a Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are primarily used for a method of cooking known as simmering. This is decidedly different from other methods of cooking such as baking, frying or boiling where a greater amount of heat is applied over a much shorter period of time.

How a Slow Cooker Works

To use a slow cooker, you need to place the food item in the cooker. You also need to add a substantial amount of liquid. The liquid is usually water but it can also be wine or some stock liquid. Depending on your particular recipe, the liquid could be preheated or not. That done, the cooker’s lid is secured firmly on top and the cooker is switched on.

A slow cooker’s heating element will heat the food at a temperature of between 79 and 93 degrees centigrade (160 – 165 Fahrenheit). Some slow cookers are set to switch from this cooking temperature range to warming which is between 71 to 74 degrees centigrade (160–165 Fahrenheit) after some specific period of time or after the internal temperature of the food, as determined by a heat probe, reaches a certain value.

Most slow cookers are designed to enclose food beneath a lid and a crock. As the food simmers, a vapor rises and condenses within the lid and then returns to the food as liquid. This liquid not only transfers heat from the side of the cooker to the food but also distributes the flavors to all parts of the food being cooked.

The most basic slow cookers have only a few cooking settings such as high, medium and low. These have to be manually turned off. More advanced slow cookers however come with computerized timing and temperature control systems. These can be programmed to switch off after a period of time or even to delay the start of cooking.