We know what you're probably thinking: Slow cooker, schmo cooker! It's a million degrees outside! I only eat salad and ice chips from now on! And you have a very valid point. But sometimes you need a hot meal, and that's where a slow cooker comes in. You can make shredded chicken for some tacos, a colorful ratatouille, or even salmon — without even having to turn on the stove or the oven.
Sold on the idea? Great! That brings us to our main point: This 6-Quart Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper by Crock-Pot is now on sale on Amazon.
The term Crock-Pot has become a universal name for slow cookers (like Kleenex and Scotch Tape!) for good reason: It's one of the best brands in the biz. And this version is large enough to handle even your biggest recipes. Plus, it comes with a smaller warming unit, which you can use for, say, hot fudge or warmed nuts at an ice cream sundae bar.
With around 438 reviews, the small appliance has nearly 4.5 stars (a ranking that's nothing to sneeze at, if you ask us!). Shoppers seem to love the fact that the stoneware inserts and lids can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning, and the fact that it can be programmed for anything from 30 minutes to 20 hours. The biggest complaint seems to be that the outside of the machine gets hot, but it's still not as bad as turning on your actual oven.
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