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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Most Gourmet Slow Cooker

Experts agree that you don’t need most of the bells and whistles available on slow cookers these days. But they can make your cooking life easier. It may seem simple, but Beth Hensperger, author of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two: For the Small Slow Cooker and Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, says: “The West Bend 6-Quart Everyday Slow Cooker with Roasting Rack is safe for the oven, stovetop, fridge or freezer. And the base doubles as a non-stick mini griddle.” Talk about multi-tasking! Another winner? The All-Clad Slow-Cooker offers a whopping 26 hours of continuous and programmable cooking time and a digital control panel with three temperature settings. “It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I've heard wonderful things about it,” says O’Dea.

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