Are you looking to buy a crock pot in the near future. Here are three things that you should know before you spend your money.
1. What size crock pot will meet your needs.
5 to 6 quarts will work if you regularly cook for a crowd (more than 4 or 5 people) or like to have to lots of leftovers to eat later. Also, this large slow cooker/crock pot is great for cooking large portions of meat such as a whole turkey.
3 to 4 quarts works well when you have a smaller family to feed or are cooking smaller cuts of meat, soups, etc…
1 to 2 quarts is great for keeping party appetizers hot and snacking ready. Dips, cocktail weenies, and other such dishes work perfectly with this size.
2.Whether you will be home more often than not when your crock pot is in use.
For buyers who will often use a crock pot to make a meal while they are at work, I would recommend a programmable slow cooker model that lets you set the cooking temperature and time. Also, find a cooker that will automatically change over to warm mode when the cooking is complete.
If you will generally be home when you are cooking up your crock pot recipes, then a manual model may save you some cash and keep things simple.
3.Which crock pot models reputable sources recommend you purchase.
My go to source for recommendations on both small and large kitchen appliances is Consumer Reports. Check out the company’s recent review of slow cookers.
By being armed with knowledge about which crock pot will best meet your needs before you head to the check out, you can make a purchase that will make you happy and last you for years to come.