We expect a lot out of our electrical appliances, so much to the point that we take them for granted. In the kitchen, a press of a button can and does result in automatic meal preparation. With this type of convenience literally at our fingertips, it is no wonder that more archaic pieces of cookware often get buried in the back of the cupboard. Lost in that transition away from old-fashioned forms of cooking are the benefits that they can provide. That is, until somebody adds a plug.
It's not hard to throw together a fondue party. All you need are a few friends, some easy-melting ingredients, and bread, fruit, or something of the like to dip in it. Oh, there's one more thing that would make the evening go down as easy as a vat of melted cheese or chocolate: the fondue pot. Even if you have such a device, creating the velvety centerpiece would probably require the use of a saucepan on the stovetop. That is, unless you have a fondue pot that does double duty.
Slow cookers are fantastic. Throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, turn it on, wait a few hours, open it up, and magically all the raw ingredients have turned into edible (and delicious) food. What's not to love?
After a while of using this magical cooking device (microwaves pale in comparison), you will want to up the ante a bit. For a simple example, consider how important and delicious it is to brown your foods before cooking. New flavors are created that take a good meal into a whole different spectrum. Usually, slow cookers are not capable of … Read more