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From: SusanV (
Subject: Re: Poll: Slow Cooker or PC--which do you use more?
Date: March 16, 2004 at 1:45 pm PST

In Reply to: Poll: Slow Cooker or PC--which do you use more? posted by Ann V on March 12, 2004 at 7:18 pm:

I love them both, but probably use my PC a little more often because I seldom am organized enough to get a meal going in the SC in time for it to be ready by dinner. I agree with those who said that it's not as good for cooking dry beans. You have to really think ahead of time to do that. But I disagree that there are vegetables you can't cook in the SC. On a very low temp, many vegetables cook without becoming mushy, if you follow the recipe directions. A SC book that I love is Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson. I'm always finding recipes in it that I wish I'd started in the morning.

The PC is great for last minute cooking. The downside is that the high temps seem to mellow out spices, and I always wind up having to add more herbs and spices at the end. That's a small price to pay, though, for the convenience the PC allows.

If you've got a lot of morning time, go ahead and get a slow cooker. They're cheaper anyway. But later you might want to invest in a PC, particularly if you like to cook dried beans, which taste much better and are much less expensive than canned, so you do save money in the long run.

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