Crock-Pot produces some of the best slow cookers on the market. Read our review of their popular 4-quart cooker to discover all of its perks.
Crock-Pot has cemented itself as a staple in the slow cooker industry. They’re so popular that the term crock-pot is sometimes used to describe other slow cookers.
In any case, Crock-Pot’s 4-Quart oval slow cooker is bound to be a great investment for your kitchen and your wallet.
Two half ring handles on either side of the crock pot make it easy to transport and set up wherever there is an outlet. It weighs a total of eight pounds and measures 8.8 x 11.9 x 11.8 in, so there should be little trouble transporting it.
The stoneware insert is remarkably durable. You can place it in a microwave or oven if you have the need. In the case of the oven, just don’t put it directly under the broiler, as that will definitely cause structural damage.
If you’re in the process if redesigned or updating your kitchen, this particular color would go well with some other red kitchen ideas.
This Crock Pot’s settings are pretty simple. It has warm, high, and low-temperature settings that are interchangeable with a simple dial.
Both the high and low setting will eventually reach a simmer point of around 210°. The high setting usually takes 3-4 hours while the low setting can reach it between 7-8 hours.
The warming feature will keep the contents at a stable temperature until switched off or transferred to a different setting.
This particular appliance isn’t the most versatile slow cooker and lacks the ability for long-term cooking (10-20+ hours). However, we can definitely see this crock pot working well for smaller households and parties.
Using this crock pot couldn’t be simpler, and the total price reflects that. So what can you make with a 4-quart pot?
- Pulled pork
- Beef stew
- Pot roast
- Potato salad
The possibilities are almost limitless. The key to operating the crock pot is knowing the level of cooking you want your food to achieve while the high or low settings are active.
Aside from the stellar performance of the 4-quart Crock Pot, one of the biggest advantages it has over other slow cookers is the price. It’s dirt cheap-plain and simple. This low of a price allows a majority of owners to accept the 4-quart capacity.
Furthermore, 4-quarts isn’t terrible at all. If you fill this pot to capacity, chances are you’ll be able to serve full meals for up to 4 people.
Many of the complaints are directed towards the lack of a digital readout that displays the time the cooker is taking. You’ll need to remember that low setting equals 3-4 hours and high equals 7-8 hours.
In our opinion, this crock pot is a great starter item for those who might upgrade in the future. There’s little to nothing complicated about it and the price is almost unbeatable for slow cookers of this size.