Cuisinart’s new Digital Slow Cooker claims to offer the ultimate in flexible cooking, thanks to its 24-hour timer that promises to allow you to fit healthy meals around a busy lifestyle.
If you’re looking for an alternative to quick microwave ready meals, you can set the slow cooker up in the morning, or even the night before, and come home from work to find a tasty meal, cooked and waiting.
An LCD display shows you how long is left until your food is ready, so you’ll know exactly when it’s time to get the vegetables peeled, or when to call the kids to the table.
This model offers a host of extra features, including a digital timer and programmable LCD display. Find out more about useful slow cooker features in our slow cookers review.
UPDATED 10/01/12: We reveal full testing results in our Cuisinart Digital PSC400U slow cooker review.
More expensive than most
Which? slow cooker expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘This top-end slow cooker is pricey at £80, but it comes with a whole host of added extras such as a lengthy 24-hour timer, digital controls and a removable rack, plus you can see how much time is left before your dish is ready, which is really handy.
‘The Cuisnart’s 5 litre cooking capacity will be enough for a family or anyone who likes to cook in large batches’
This model has just missed our latest slow cooker tests, but we’ll be trying it out shortly.
In the mean time, the Crock-Pot Next Generation slow cooker has several features similar to this one, including a digital timer and keep-warm setting. See what our experts thought of it in our First Look Crock-Pot Next Generation review.
The Digital Slow Cooker has three heat settings and automatically switches over to a keep warm mode when it’s finished cooking, so meals should still be piping hot even if you’re running late.
One-pot cooking means there’s less washing up, and the cooking pot can be used as a serving dish too. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Using a slow cooker
Slow cooking is perfect for a variety of dishes, including stews, casseroles, pot roasts and soups.
It’s a great way to use cheaper cuts of meat, as the long gentle cooking process helps to make these less well-known cuts tender, while vegetarians will find a slow cooker good for pulses and beans.
The Cuisinart isn’t restricted to savoury dishes – it comes with a removable rack, which can be used to cook individual ramekins to create moist desserts.
You can find more tips on which cuts of meat to choose in our slow cooker FAQs.