How to Choose a Slow Cooker

Our experts select the best slow cookers for every budget and need - and offer their slow-cooking secrets (11 Photos)

Josey Miller on Sep 17, 2012 at 11:39AM

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How to Choose a Slow Cooker

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Best Slow Cooker for a Big Family

If you’re going to be cooking for a big family, Donna-Marie Pye, author of 300 Slow Cooker Favorites, says you’ll want a product that provides enough capacity for anything from roasts to chili and beyond. She also says shape is an important factor: “Oval and rectangular shapes allow more flexibility than round ones, especially with large cuts of meat.” The Rival 6.5-Quart Crock-Pot with an eLume Touch Screen is one of Pye’s favorites. Worried that 6.5 quarts will be too big for some recipes? Fear not. According to Stephanie O’Dea, author of Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking, “You can always make the cooking area smaller by inserting an oven-safe dish into the stoneware when you’re making desserts or appetizers, or cooking for only a few people.”

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