Are you looking to replace your old slow cooker or wondering whether or not to add a new size to your collection? Walk into any Walmart, Target, or Sams Club and you may quickly find yourself scratching your head, wondering which size slow cooker is right for you. Do you go with the large oval shape? The medium round one? Oh man, there is a banquet size one tempting you, do you need that also? Or, do you simply go with the size you had before instead of trying something new?
The answer is yes.
With a little bit of maybe tossed in.
Here is a good rule-of-thumb to help you decide which size is right for you.
1-quart = more for appetizers, like dips and dessert toppings
2-quart (small) = 2 people
4-quart (medium) = 4 people
6-quart = 6 people
8-quart (large) = perfect to bring to that church potluck
The most important thing to remember with a slow cooker is that you want to have plenty of air flow for optimum performance. They work best when filled two-thirds full, allowing the heated air from the crock to breathe. You know how it is best to have plenty of water when boiling pasta so the noodles won’t stick together? Follow that same principle with a slow cooker.
Over the years I have had the small, medium, and large size of slow cookers in my cupboards. One by one they were replaced or given away due to space constraints. I currently have an 8-quart and a 4-quart, which works perfectly for my lifestyle by allowing me to prepare full meals and a side dish simultaneously.
If you are just starting off, I recommend going with the 8-quart. Not only will it allow you to cook in abundance for a large gathering, it will also give you the ability to layer containers within it. Next slow cooker post I will share slow cooker layering tips and tricks.
Happy sloooooow cooking!
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.