Slow cookers have distinct features which have to be considered when you are buying them from manufacturers. There is shape, size, materials and type of lid. The shape of slow cookers can be round, oval and rectangular. The rectangular slow cooker is suitable for preparation of soups and casseroles. It is has a non-stick pot with deep sides. The round slow cooker is well suited for side dishes and stews. However it is not advisable to use it for large chunks of roasted meat and ribs. The round cooker can steam cook as well as bake. For the oval slow cooker, those who are meat lovers can prepare chops, ribs and various roasts in it. Additionally, it can fit a small whole fish. It can as well stream cook desserts.
Slow cookers can be aluminum, metallic and ceramic. The slow cooker’s pot actually is the one which can be made from either of those materials. The pot is removable in most cookers for hygiene purposes. For the cast aluminum, it is preferred for its even heating. Its surface is non-stick and provides for a balanced meal. One of the benefits of an aluminum crock is that it can be used on a stovetop thus easing the browning of meat before cooking. This saves resources as you do not have to use a separate pan for that function. The crock can be used in the oven and on a stove top but it cannot be used in a microwave. The metal crock surface is characterised an oval or rectangular shape. The metal design is criticized often for uneven heating and unbalanced cooking because it heats only the bottom of the pan. Just like the cast aluminum crock, the metal type can be used on stovetops and ovens but not in microwaves.
The ceramic slow cooker has a ceramic crock which varies in size and shape. The best ceramic slow cooker retains heat well and evenly cooks and warms food. Ceramic slow cookers are credited for producing food that is balanced in taste and texture. Unlike metal and aluminum crocks, the ceramic is able to be used in the microwave and in ovens. Ceramic slow cookers are heavier than their counterparts making them more durable and resistant to damage.
Other than just the fact that a slow cooker is made of ceramic, there is something more you need to check out such as the size of the cooker. You have to consider the controls. Are the controls easy to navigate? What kind of controls are there? The best ceramic slow cooker will have simple controls that cater for appropriate functions of the cooker. Controls are like Off-low-high-auto, Off-low-medium-high, Off-low-Warm-high and there are programmable controls which do not need much of your supervision. Consider factors like shape, the rectangular would be ideal for even heating and accommodating large cuts of meat.
Everyone wants the best ceramic slow cooker and so on, major factors like the ones above mentioned have to be taken with care and caution.