This is the epitome of what a slow cooker should be. It’s one of the best-selling products from Hamilton Beach, and actually one of the most popular cookers overall. It’s easy to see why because it basically gives you everything you will ever need in one complete package. The price usually hovers around $50-$60 which is perfect. Just use it once and you’ll see how easy it makes your favorite recipes, and after several uses it starts to pay for itself over time.
All of the worries that usually come with slow cooking are eliminated with this Hamilton Beach cooker. If you’re concerned about overcooking, you’ll be glad to know temperature controls keep track of the process so you don’t end up with a mushy mess. If you’re not sure how long to cook something for, follow the recommended guidelines and simply program the timer according to directions. There is also a handy temperature probe that will set the cooker to warm mode when your food is done. And if you hate cleaning that dried up gunk at the bottom of the bowl when using other slow cookers, you’ll be glad to know that this model is extremely easy to maintain.
My Test – Pork Curry
My normal version of pork Curry is prepared using a regular pot over the stove. It usually takes around two hours to prepare. I use pork shoulder blade because it gets nice and tender around the 1 1/2 hour mark. After that is when I had my extras like potatoes, carrots, and anything else I might be in the mood for.
So I got my ingredients together and put them into the Hamilton Beach cooker. I took a look at the suggested times and compared them to the recipe book. I already knew how long this would take so I simply programmed the cooker to the right setting. I really like how I could leave my pork cooking without having to check in on it all the time. That’s something I found myself constantly doing whenever I cook on the stovetop. Open access also makes it easy to give your food the occasional stir or add herbs and spices like I do towards the end of the process.
And just like clockwork, my slow cooker went into “keep warm” mode by itself and I let my food sit there for an extra 10 minutes. The real test was of course the overall taste, and my curry (and the slow cooker) passed with flying colors.
I can save you a lot of trouble with browsing other products out there. If your budget is around $50, this is the best choice on the market. It basically does most of the work for you and all you have to do is find a recipe and add the ingredients. Programmable features and touch button function adds a level of convenience that takes all of the stress off you. Once this machine is on the job, all you have to do is sit back until your food is done.