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Friday, November 7, 2014

Product Review—All-Clad 7QT. Electric Slow Cooker

Product Review—All-Clad 7QT. Electric Slow Cooker (photo by LivligaHome).

When the autumn comes, out comes my slow cooker. I love the ease of meals prepared with it. And you can’t beat the aromas wafting in the air as your meal cooks.

This year dear friends came to visit us and as a thank you they sent us an All-Clad 7QT. Electric Slow Cooker. Christmas came early. I am blessed with great friends who know how much I love to cook!

This slow cooker is definitely a major upgrade from my ancient crockpot. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved my crockpot and it has served me well. It was given to me by my mother-in-law 15 years ago.  I can only imagine the number of meals I have fixed for my family with it. The All-Clad is a next generation version with multiple new features.

The first time I used my new slow cooker was on Halloween. I wanted to make an easy chili with ingredients from my garden. Here is what I found out about the All-Clad 7QT. Electric Slow Cooker:

It is much bigger.  It holds 7 Quarts. I can’t tell you how many recipes I have made with my original 6 Quart crockpot where the lid would not fit on tight because the ingredients mounded over the pot. In making my chili in the All-Clad there was room to spare and the lid was nice and snug on top.

It is designed so you can brown ingredients in it right on the stove. This is a really cool feature. When browning my onions and meat I was able to place the insert of the pot right on the stove, brown my ingredients and then place the pot back in the slow cooker base. This makes cooking even easier and with less clean up.

It has a programmable feature where you can start on high and then go to low for cooking. Anybody who cooks regularly in a slow cooker knows how cool this feature is. Three-fourths of the recipes call for starting on High for the first hour or so and then setting it to Low for the rest of the cooking time. This is a hassle because you have to remember to do it or you are no longer around to do it. Now with this All-Clad I can set the heat as specified by the recipe and go about my day.  Super cool.

It has an attractive exterior. This slow cooker is really good looking. No more worries about serving from a slow cooker if you have friends over.

The insert is non-stick. This makes cooking in it a breeze. Cleaning it is also hassle-free. You just have to make sure you use non-metal utensils with it and when you clean it you can use abrasives.

The only slight drawback I see is that it is not dishwasher safe. You need to wash it by hand. In reality it would be hard to fit in the dishwasher and fit anything else in too so you would probably want to wash it separately anyway. 

The verdict is: I love the All-Clad 7QT. Electric Slow Cooker. It is my new favorite go-to gadget. I am eager to test out more recipes in it. It definitely makes a wonderful gift.

Live Vibrant!