Any modern chef or enthusiastic amateur cook needs to ensure they cover all of the bases with regards to their cooking equipment. A slow cooker forms an essential part of their armoury, and can be used to create a number of different dishes.
A slow cooker (also known by some people as a crock-pot) is a simple countertop appliance designed to be used for simmering (cooking dishes at a low temperature for a prolonged period of time). Unlike other forms of cooking, simmering means that the device can be left unattended for hours.
A number of different dishes can be created using a slow cooker, including pot roasts, stews, soups, curries and even fiery chilli. Pot roasts, in particular, work well: the hours of slow cooking can render even the cheapest joint of meat incredibly tender.
Slow cookers come in a variety of different sizes. For larger families, it may be necessary to buy a bigger unit simply because the smaller ones won't contain enough space for a full meal.
Budgets for a digital slow cooker are typically quite low: the product is widely-renowned and manufactured by the thousands. It's entirely possible to find a more than efficient slow cooker for under Â£10 if the user is prepared to shop around. For anyone that doesn't have much time to cook during the day, a digital slow cooker is ideal: it enables the owner to simple throw the relevant ingredients in and then return hours later to a full, tasty meal. No fuss or bother required.