I have three slow cookers (read “crockpots”). So, when I told my hubby I wanted to purchase this slow cooker, he did that “smirk while rolling eyes” move that he sometimes does. This appliance will be replacing the others – which will now head for “Garage Sale Stardom”.
You may have realized by my slow cooker count, this is not a revolutionary concept to me. As the mom/step-mom of 6, I have used this type of cooking for many years – especially when I was still a full-time working woman. When I was a single mom of twins, I had a small crockpot that I used in my studio apartment in Chicago. At that point, the boys were small and not eating my cooking. When I moved to Florida, and the boys were now toddlers with hollow legs, I “upgraded” my crockpot (while still keeping the old one!) to the next size up. Then came Barry, his three children, and our child together. Well, you can imagine that this all came with a 6 qt. slowcooker. Especially now that we were looking at FOUR boys with hollow legs!
The thing is, I use(d) all of them. Sometimes big is too big, and sometimes small is too small. There is that “Thank you, Papa/Mama/Baby Bear, this is just right!” size for each thing I cook. And the thing that totally drew me to this – besides the idea of only storing “one” appliance – is the fact that the base allows for wattage adjustment for each size. So, low for the 2 qt. bowl is lower than low for the taller 4 qt. bowl (etc., etc., etc.). That will make for less scalding and more flavor!
Even now that we are down to only our “baby” at home, there are return visits by children and grandchildren that call for different size dinners. So roll those eyes, hubby – Mama’s got a brand new “bag”!!
I’m just saying…