Daily Product Reports: Slow Cooker Cookbooks, Best Slow Cooker And Rival Slow Cookers

8 03 2010

Slow Cooker Cookbooks: Your Mom Knew How To Cook In Crock Pots

According to the authors, 80% of American households own a slow cooker. This whopping collection of 350 recipes is reason enough to unearth that Crock-Pot from the attic or invest in one of the new high-tech models. The title, however, is a misnomer, and not just because the book includes a recipe for "Mom’s Beef Stew." Much of what Hensperger (The Bread Bible) and Kaufmann (coauthor, with Hensperger, of The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook) present is exactly the kind of comfort food typically associated with childhood snow days or family gatherings. To use the word "hearty" in describing these slow cooker cookbooks recipes is to state the obvious. There are more than a dozen oatmeals and porridges, ranging from Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal to Creamy Cornmeal Porridge.

Cookbook recipes include Vegetarian Split Pea, French Onion, and White Bean with Bacon. Twenty-four types of baked beans are mere prelude for the 14 chili options, including "Senator Barry Goldwater’s Arizona Chili" (which gives new meaning to the phrase "bowl of red"). Other recipes are for poultry, meat and fish dishes, and New and Old World dishes are plentiful. The only letdown is the "Not-from-the-Slow Cooker Accompaniments" chapter, with its uninspired choices like Baked Rice, and Mixed Green Salad. But the concluding pages, full of puddings and fruit desserts, atone with sinful treats like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake and Rum-Butterscotch Bananas.

Best Slow Cooker: Hamilton Beach Delivers A Digital Beast

Enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals even with a busy schedule thanks to this easy-to-use programmable 6-quart best slow cooker. Simply add ingredients to the unit’s oval-shaped stoneware pot, insert the pot into the electric base, and select one of three automatic-cooking options–program, manual, or probe–using the flat-panel push-button control panel with digital display. Especially convenient when away from home, program mode cooks for a specified amount of time, then automatically shifts to keep-warm so food doesn’t overcook. Manual mode allows this best slow cooker for selecting high or low heat settings–great for slow cooking the traditional way without setting the time or for heating up previously cooked food.

When slow cooking a large cut of meat or using a recipe that requires food to reach a certain temperature, use the probe mode. The included thermometer probe takes the guesswork out of slow cooking. After reaching the desired internal food temperature, the slow cooker automatically shifts to keep-warm. The thoughtfully designed slow cooker also provides attractive stainless-steel housing, power-interrupt protection, a clip-on spoon, a clip-tight gasket lid, and full-grip handles for safe transport.

Rival Slow Cookers: The Original Crockpots

When set on low for all-day simmering, this cooker from the makers of the original Rival Slow Cooker Crock Pot slowly tenderizes meat, turning even budget cuts into juicy meals. A modest 3-1/2-quart size, the oval-shaped crock holds enough chicken, beef, stew or soup for two to three people. The temperature knob has three settings: off, low, and high. The Rival slow cookers, which lifts from the base for cleaning, features a rinse-clean, lifetime stick-resistant coating. As long as extreme changes in temperature are avoided, such as placing in cold water when hot, the crock should give years of service. Both the Rival crock and lid are dishwasher-safe. Rival offers a one-year warranty that covers this slow cooker from defects.

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