What size slow cooker do you need? When it comes to slow cookers, there are many different sizes and styles to choose from, and confusing to know what size and shape to purchase.
The most basic models tend to be smaller and fit easily on the countertop or in a cupboard when not in use. Ultimately, the size of the slow cooker that you choose will depend on your needs and preferences, so be sure to shop around and compare different options before making a final decision.
Before making a purchase ask yourself these questions:
- How many people are you cooking for and do you want leftovers? This is important because if you are the type of cook that likes to have leftovers then you will want a slow cooker that is sized for more servings. Maybe there are two people in your home but you both like to have leftovers for the next day, then I would choose a slow cooker suitable for 3-4 people.
- What types of meals will you prepare? If you are making mostly stews and soups then a round slow cooker might be just fine for you.
- Do I plan on cooking whole chickens or roasts? I found that you really need an oval shape to properly cook a roast in a slow cooker unless you are cutting it up.
- Will I leave the slow cooker on all day? If you are gone all day but the recipe you are making only takes 6 hours, then you will definitely want a programmable model so you don't come home to an inedible mush.
How much to fill the slow cooker?
Another reason to make sure to buy the proper size is it is important to ensure that your slow cooker is properly filled in order to get the best results. Generally speaking, your slow cooker will need to be between ½ and ¾ full in order for the food to cook evenly and thoroughly. If you fill it too much, you run the risk of having wet and soggy food, which isn't very appetizing. However, if you underfill your slow cooker may not be able to properly maintain the heat needed for optimal cooking. With these tips in mind, you can use your slow cooker with confidence and achieve perfectly cooked meals every time!
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Slow Cookers For One person
1.5-quart slow cookers will make small batch soups and stews as well as other small slow cooker meals and sides. This little slow cooker is so easy to store in small spaces.
This 2.5-quart Crockpot is a nice size and love that it's shallow with more cooking surface.
Slow Cookers for Two People
Consider a 4-quart model. My pick would be a 4-quart oval programmable model for its versatility. The oval shape makes its easy to fit in a small roast or chicken.
This one from Cuisinart is a real beauty and has everything you would want in a multi-cooker. This is on my Holiday wish list.
For a more affordable model you can't beat a Crockpot! I own this model and it's been dependable for many years.
If you are looking for a pressure cooker option then I would suggest getting an Instant Pot, these little guys are great for putting dinner on the table fast! If you will also use this as a slow cooker then you will need the glass lid.
The 3-quart model is sufficient for 1-2 people, again with a little leftover.:-) This is the model I own and it works great for two people.
Check out these slow cooker safety tips from USDA.gov