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TIP OF THE DAY: A Slow Cooker For Entertaining

Beef stew stays warm to the last spoonful in
Cuisinart’s Multicooker. Photo courtesy Sur La


If you’re old enough to remember the original Crock Pot, you know how far slow cookers have come in functionality and aesthetic appeal. Today’s gleaming slow cookers can go from kitchen counter to dining table. And they do more than slow cook. Even the highly rated Crock Pot has gone glam, in gleaming stainless steel.

Slow cookers have been a boon to people who don’t have the time or the desire to spend hours in the kitchen. Just add the ingredients to the unit, press a button and leave. After cooking, the appliance keeps food at the perfect serving temperature until you’re ready to eat it.

But the slow cooker has evolved: Welcome the multicooker.

The Cuisinart Multicooker does everything the stove will: It sears, browns, sautés, simmers, steams and slow cooks, all in one pot. It will keep food warm for up to 24 hours. And the parts clean easily in the dishwasher.


For food cooked in conventional pots and pans, a slow cooker serves as a chafing dish or hot tray, keeping food warm. As you plan your Super Bowl fare, consider how you could use it for chicken, chili, stew or other hot fare.

If you’re new to slow cooking, once you get the hang of it you’ll find that it does much more than you ever imagined:

  • Barbecue, including pulled chicken and pulled pork, ribs and wings

  • Breads
  • Braises
  • Casseroles
  • Chilis
  • Chutneys, jams and fruit butters
  • Desserts, from puddings to cakes
  • Eggs and other breakfast foods
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Meat loaf and meat balls
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice and other grains
  • Roasts, including pot roast (for a full roast you
    need an oval shape slow cooker and a capacity of 6
    quarts or larger)

    Crock Pot today: The company that started it all still makes one of the best slow cookers. Photo courtesy Cuisinart.

  • Sides
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Tex-Mex favorites (enchiladas, tacos)
    Pick up a cookbook, such as Slow Cooker Revolution, and start planning the menu!


    The original Crock Pot, introduced in 1971 by the Rival Company, was developed as an electric bean cooker. It was originally called the Beanery. Earlier, the Rival Company had introduced the electric can opener.


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