Hamilton Beach Set 'n' Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.
If you follow my blog, I've mentioned it while making the Hearty Chicken Enchiladas and delicious moist and tender Chicken Wings.
Needless to say, I am a BIG fan of this amazing piece of machinery.
Let me tell you a little about our friend here. We all know the beauty of a slow cooker - you get to put it on, walk away, and let it do the work for you. But here's my problem - I don't work 6-8 hour work days. That means that I can never really do that. Instead I have a couple of options - don't cook in the slow cooker during the week days; turn it on in the morning and come home at lunch to turn it off, leaving my food cold; come home at lunch and turn it on so that dinner is ready around 8pm. Technically, those are all decent options that I've dealt with for a couple of years. But dude - who wants a cold dinner? Or a late dinner? Or no dinner? Have we met?
So instead I asked for this little beauty for Christmas last year.
Here's what this guy can do:
- Cook on a manual setting - just like any other slow cooker
- Cook based on programmed time
- Cook based on temperature measured by an attached probe thermometer (this one's my favorite option)
- Keep your food warm once it's finished cooking
- Lock the cover with clip-on thingy-magiggers and carry this guy anyplace without spilling a drop
- Take the whole thing apart and stick all the needed pieces in the dishwasher
I've brought my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker to a couple of work potlucks since it's super easy to transport things in this slow cooker, powered it on, and let things cook to a perfect temperature without drying the content out. As a result, about 2 coworkers went out and bought one themselves.
As for the cons - I honestly cannot think of a single one. I guess it's a little big, but I actually wanted a bigger slow cooker since mine only fit an itty bitty amount.
So there you have it folks.
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