How to choose a slow cooker
When looking for slow cookers, there are a few things you should consider beforehand.
• Consider what size slow cooker would be optimal for you. For smaller jobs, a 2.5 litre slow cooker is best suited for cooking meals for two. If you’re looking for larger models, 6 litre family sized slow cookers are also available.
• Some cookers come with a sear function to make browning meats and sautéing vegetables easier. This often comes with a higher price tag however and might not be recommended if you plan to use your cooker infrequently.
• Standard slow cookers can come in either an oval or circular shape. While bigger cuts of meat such chicken or ribs would fit better in an oval shaped pot, beans or stews are more suitable for circular pots. Decide which shape would be more suited for you and purchase your cooker accordingly.
• Some cookers also come with removable pots making them easier to clean. Decide whether this is a necessity when buying your own. Keep in mind that cold water should not be used to clean cookers as this may cause the pot to crack.
• Consider what type of lid to purchase with your cooker. Lids are available in plastic, metal, and glass, however glass and metal lids are recommended over plastic lids. This is because glass and metal lids are heavier than plastic and will thus keep more heat inside, making your food more flavoursome. Glass lids are also transparent, allowing you to more closely monitor your food while it is cooking.