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When I first moved out I was at uni full time and my partner was working full time so a slow cooker was a must have for us to avoid the temptation of a takeaway after being out all day. My Mum bought us a 2.4l Crock Pot from Argos and although I don't know how much it was at the time it can now be bought for £14.99 on Amazon which in my opinion is a brilliant price.
This Crock Pot is a really simple design and in my opinion could be used by anyone without the need for the instruction manual that comes with it. The Crock Pot has a plastic outer with a handle on either side; inside this is a removable stoneware pot for cooking in. The lid to the pot is clear glass so you can see what's cooking with a small plastic handle in the centre. This particular Crock Pot has a 2.4l capacity which is big enough to feed two or three people. The design of the removable stoneware pot is really handy, I often prepare ingredients into this pot when I have time, pop the lid on and put it in the fridge until I'm ready to start cooking. As I mentioned before the Crock Pot is pretty much fool proof with one dial on the front with three settings, off, low and high. The only small complaint I have about the design of this Crock Pot is that there's no light that comes on to tell you its working. Now this isn't a massive thing but occasionally I have turned it on and come back some time later to realise I haven't switched it on at the plug and the light is a really simple way to combat this problem.
Of course there are the obvious advantages to slow cooking; being able to have a home cooked meal ready after a long day at work is the main one for me. I've always been really pleased with the cooking results from my Crock Pot. If I'm putting the food on all day I just switch it to the low setting and whatever I'm cooking it's always lovely and well cooked, really flavoursome and always seems really hearty. Sometimes I cook completely from scratch and this is a great way to get loads of veggies as well, they all cook down and take on lots of flavour from the sauce and the meat. If I haven't got much time to chop vegetables though sometimes I just add meat and a sauce from a jar, either way my meals have a really homely feel to them and taste great, especially in the colder months. I've tried cooking a few different things in my Crock Pot, usually it's the regulars like curry, bolognaise and stews but I've also cooked a whole chicken in it and it was so delicious, it literally just fell apart and was so tender and juicy. After use the Crock Pot is really easy to clean because of the removable pot inside, its dishwasher safe but I don't have one and I still find it cleans up very easily by hand.
Overall, I would really recommend this Crock Pot to anyone who wants to cook easy, healthy and tasty meals for 2 or 3 people. My only little niggle is that there isn't a power indicator, and although it isn't a major annoyance it has caught me out a few times. Other than that I've found my Crock Pot to always work well and it cooks lovely food with very little effort as it's so simple to use. It's also a really good price, especially when you look at other slow cookers on the market this one is of high quality without breaking the bank.
Crockpot Slow Cooker SCV400W / For over 30 years and 100 million slow cookers sold Rival has continuously brought innovation to slow cooking / From adding the ease of removable Rinse-Clean stoneware to the introduction of today's line of technologically advanced programmable slow cookers the Rival Crockpot slow cooker range has remained Americas Original and #1 brand of slow cookers / Now available in the UK the Crockpot range brings more choice to the market / 3.5 litre capacity Ideal for up to 4 people Removable and dishwasher safe stoneware pot Dishwasher safe glass lid 2 Cook settings Cool touch handles White finish / Short name: Crockpot SCV400W