'Tis the season for a big steaming hot pot of food. Even in the warmest of weather a slow cooker full of goodies can be enticing. Certainly the ease in which it can be used is enjoyable for everybody. Just pop in some ingredients, set the timer, and in a matter of hours a thoroughly satisfying meal can be had--one that warms straight down to the bones.
The not-so-secret allure of slow cookers such as the Calphalon Digital Slow Cooker is the ability to time cooking completion to whenever one wants. The new model ups the ante with an automatic feature that cooks food on high for 2 hours, and then switches to the low setting for the duration of the cooking. When completed, the slow cooker shifts to a keep-warm setting, ensuring that the food is ready when you are.
Slow-cooked meals are the perfect complement to cold evenings. After trudging through winter conditions, the benefit of finding a hot meal ready and waiting cannot be overstated. With a 24-hour digital timer, hot food could be waiting whenever the time is right--which, of course, is the second one bursts through the front door, shaking off the snow.