In my 'un-biased' opinion, crockpot / slow cooker is one of most convenient and easy to use appliances in my kitchen. The time savings features of slow cooker and delicious dinners that have resulted more than offset any minor drawbacks.
Before I list my top reasons why crockpot is most useful appliance in any kitchen, I will list a few of areas where it does not perform as well.
- Large cuts of meat such as boneless prime rib or leg of lamb are still best when oven roasted.
- Except for stews and chowders, slow cooker does not cook fish very well.
- The slow cooker collects a lot of juices since steam does not escape during cooking and these juices can become diluted and watery, which can affect flavoring of food.
- If not careful, a slow cooker can overcook food -especially some of more tender meats and poultry.