I can't tell you how many of my friends store their slow cookers on top of their upper cabinets. Sure, that space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling would otherwise go wasted, but I can't figure out why people think that is the place for a heavy and cumbersome electronic appliance.
I get that maybe these folks don't use their slow cooker every day, or even every week, so it might not make the most sense to let it take up valuable real estate on the counter.
But there's a better home for it!
This Is Where You Should Be Storing Your Slow Cooker
Enter: the sideboard. I certainly don't use my slow cooker so often that it needs to sit out on the counter, so I store it in a sideboard in my breakfast room. This way, when I need it, I can easily bend down and pick it up (bending at the knees, of course!).
It's accessible in the mornings when I'm tired and groggy and just want to throw some ingredients in and be on my way. And when I'm done, I just slide it back in. No struggling to stand on my tippy-toes on a step ladder. No balancing a heavy pot with a glass lid. No wrangling that wonky cord that almost always knocks something over on its way down!
I realize that not everyone has a sideboard (or a breakfast room!), so it's worth noting that a lower kitchen cabinet would work just as well. And if you have a limited amount of cabinet space, there still might be room for your slow cooker — even if that means having to put some less-often-used pots and pans way up top. Think about it: Wouldn't it be easier to climb up to retrieve a 9x13-inch baking dish than a 6-quart chunk of metal?
When it's time to use it: The Smartest Place to Set Up a Slow Cooker in the Kitchen
Anyone agree with me? Where do you store your slow cooker?