The number one question that I’m asked is what slow cooker should I buy. While other sites may show you the ‘best rated’ slow cooker, I have my favorites which I’m happy to recommend and a few of the new latest crockpots to share with you.
To start here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine what’s slow cooker is best for you and/or your family. You could read all of the best slow cooker reviews out there, but if you don’t have the answers to these questions, you could find yourself disappointed with your choice.
How many people are you cooking for?
This may be the most important question. If you have a small family or it’s just you a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker would keep you in chili or soup long after you’ve grown tired of it.
On the opposite side if you have a large family a 1 1/2 quart slow cooker you won’t be able to feed more than 2. Here’s my rule of thumb:
- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 quart slow cooker are great for couple or singles that don’t want to eat the same thing every day
- 3 1/2 quart or 4 quart will feed 2 and have leftovers for lunch the next day – or feed 4
- 5 or 6 quart is good for a family of 4 to 6
- Unless you have a huge family or cook meals ahead and freeze them, you would not need anything over a 6 quart
- Note: a 1-quart slow cooker, sometimes know as a Little Dipper, is mainly for keeping dips warm
With that said I like having a small slow cooker for breakfast and a large 6 quart for cooking pumpkins and giant batches of dry beans that I freeze in 1 1/2 cup portions. You can triple or quadruple this dry bean recipe or use it as is with a 1 1/2-quart slow cooker.
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