The Cuisinart 3.5-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is the perfect size for cooking 4 or 5 sweet potatoes, halved winter squash, or making soup. This model has many positives, but it lacks the ability to delay the start several hours or to use an external timer, unlike larger 8-quart cookers. This feature might be omitted for safety reasons, particularly when cooking meat or dairy. However, if you don’t need the delay start, this product is definitely a 5-star choice.
Its smaller size is ideal for cooking for three people. It features a convenient setting that switches to ‘warm’ at the end of the cooking cycle. This is especially useful for those who work long hours, as it keeps the food at an ideal temperature until you’re ready to eat. The quality of the meals prepared in this cooker has been excellent, which is a testament to the cooker’s capabilities rather than the cook’s abilities.
After 19 months, a previous model stopped working, leading to the purchase of this Cuisinart model as a replacement. The programmable time and temperature settings are handy, though it would be more flexible if it allowed for different time and temperature settings within a single cook cycle. Some users have found that dishes cooked in this slow cooker, such as pot roast, pork roast, and chicken, can be tasteless, which might be more about the recipes used rather than the cooker itself.
College students and those living with roommates find this slow cooker incredibly convenient. It’s excellent for first-time slow cooker owners, easy to wash, and the 3.5-quart size is perfect for smaller households or for use in a camper. The simple controls make it easy to set in the morning, ensuring a ready-to-serve meal by the evening.