The Crock-Pot SCVT650PS Programmable Slow Cooker Makes Dinner Preparation Quick and Easy
Slow cooking is all the rage, touted on mommy blogs, Pinterest, and social media for its ease of use. There are hundreds of tutorials and menu plans out there to whip up easy, tasty meals for your family.
If slow cooking wasn’t easy enough already, there are once-a-month menu plans out there, where you can assemble the ingredients of a month’s worth of dinners in just one afternoon, to stock up in the freezer. You just pull out the baggie for that evening’s meal in the morning, dump it in the slow cooker and follow the directions, and leave it to slowly cook all day while you go to work or run errands. At the end of the day you come home to a steaming hot meal of tender meats and perfectly-cooked vegetables!
But as many first-time slow cooker owners can tell you, your crockpot can make all the difference between tender meats and those that turn out sticky and overdone. Choosing the wrong slow cooker can ruin a truly wonderful cooking experience for you.
Gone are yesterday’s slow cookers with no options or features. Today you can choose from a myriad of sizes and options. The trouble is, with all the knock-offs and cheaply-made versions out there, it’s important to pick one that will last, and make your cooking a breeze.
Introducing Crock-Pot SCVT650PS
The Crock-Pot name has become synonymous with slow cooking and the company is known for developing products that are on the cutting edge of technology. Slow cookers have changed quite a bit from the time that they first appeared in American kitchens, yet all the advancements in technology mean nothing if they do not produce an even heat distribution and are not large enough to feed your family.
The Crock-Pot SCVT650PS Programmable Slow cooker surpasses both of these expectations. It features a 6.5 quart capacity to accommodate up to a 7 pound roast. According to Crock-Pot, it is large enough to serve up to 8 people. That may be true if half of those 8 people are young children, but the reality is that it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to prepare an entire meal large enough to satisfy the appetite of that many adult guests without also preparing a couple of side dishes. Nonetheless, it’s certainly large enough to prepare the entree for 8. There are larger slow cookers available, but this one is more than adequate to prepare the average-sized meal in. You could read more on their official website for more details.
What sets this slow cooker apart from most others is the convenient eLume Touchscreen, which helps you to plan your meal organization down to the minute. When the unit is off, the buttons are hidden to produce a clean, sleek appearance, but once activated the buttons light up for ease of use. The touchscreen display is very intuitive, easy to read, and produces quick access to all the controls. You have options to choose between three temperature ranges: warm, low, and high.
Unlike most slow cookers, whose cook cycles are for predetermined lengths of time, you have the added flexibility of choosing any time cycle, from a 30 minute cook cycle to as much as 20 hours, on either low or high temperature settings. This gives you a much greater ability to plan your meals to be ready at a certain time. By making use of the option to delay the start time, you have even more control in the kitchen, making the Crock-Pot SCVT650PS Programmable Slow cooker one of the most flexible on the market.
One of the problems with slow cookers of the past was that if you were delayed and didn’t arrive home on time, or if you lost track of time and didn’t pull the meal out soon enough, you’d either end up with overcooked food, or the slow cooker would shut off and leave you with lukewarm food by the time you got home.
But with this Crock-Pot, if don’t return home on time, there’s no reason to worry, because your meal will be warm and ready for you when you do arrive. Designed with an automatic shut down and a warming cycle, when it reaches the end of the scheduled cooking time, it will automatically shut the cook cycle off and switch to the warming cycle to keep your meal warm for you for up to six hours. You’ll even know how long the warming cycle has been active, because there is a timer that is displayed beginning at the start of the cycle.
Another added benefit of the digital display is that a countdown timer appears as the cook cycle proceeds. This is very convenient if you are planning a larger meal that requires several side dishes—you’ll know exactly when to pop those dinner rolls in the oven. If you’re cooking a pot roast in the Crock-Pot for your dinner party, but still want to prepare some appetizers and sides to serve along with it, the countdown timer will display the amount of time left in the cook cycle so that you can start the other dishes at exactly the right moment. It makes it much easier to coordinate everything to finish at the same time, so that everything is served hot and fresh.
This feature can be an incredible benefit to a busy parent that is trying to get various meal components on the table, all while fielding interruptions from the children. You won’t need to keep the time in your head, or remember to start a separate kitchen countdown timer—it’s all worked into the Crock-Pot’s touchscreen options.
The stoneware comes with a glass lid so that you can see your food as it cooks without the need to remove the lid, which can adversely affect the cooking time each time you do it. When it’s time to eat, simply lift the stoneware from the slow cooker and serve directly out of it—no need to transfer the meal to a serving bowl. Because the meal is produced using lower heat than would be used on a stove top, burning is prevented and clean up tends to be a breeze. Simply spray out the stoneware and then place it into dishwasher with the rest of the dishes from your meal.
One really nice feature about the stoneware is that not only is it dishwasher safe, but it’s also oven safe up to 400 degrees. Crock-Pot recommends that if you are going to cook with it in your oven that you do not preheat the oven first, though. Instead, place the stoneware into the cold oven before turning it on, so that it heats up along with the oven. This will ensure that your stoneware does not get cracked by the sudden temperature change. Check out more of its accessories that should be useful in the long run.
Being able to use your Crock-Pot’s stoneware this way means that you need one less pot in your kitchen. With most American kitchens already short on storage space, this is a great benefit.
The design and styling fit effortlessly into the modern kitchen. The Crock-Pot SCVT650PS Programmable Slowcooker has an elegant exterior featuring mirrored stainless steel with silicone-wrapped stainless steel handles. This makes for safer handling, keeping the handles cool to the touch. It’s also a convenient feature, because you can carry the whole Crock-Pot assembly to the pantry or drawer where you store it, without worrying that it will slip out of your hands.
Its large oval shape is sufficient to fit most large cuts of meat inside it, and still have room to add vegetables to the dish. This eliminates the need to wrestle with a large roast, trying to cut it up into manageable pieces—you just set the meat inside, with no trouble.
It also means that if you like to precook your meats and freeze the extra cooked meat for future meals, you can take advantage of warehouse club meat prices. Do this a few times, and you’ve more than made up for the original cost of your Crock-Pot, just in meat savings alone.
The SCVT650PS is lightweight and very portable, making it easy to tuck away in a cabinet when not in use. It includes a 1 year limited warranty, which is always something to look for when purchasing any type of electric device. You want a company that stands behind its product. More info here on how to use this masterpiece.
One comment made by several reviewers of this Crock-Pot was that the ceramic liner of this model is thick, like many of the older Crock-Pot models, and provided a very even heat. These users found the thicker lining to be a great improvement over other slow cookers with thinner linings, which often heated too quickly even on a lower setting.
The longer timer function is a truly fantastic addition, as it means you can make use of overnight slow cooker beef recipe for items that need a long, low heat. You can make overnight steel cut oats, and have it warm and ready in the morning. Then when breakfast is done, give the stoneware a quick rinse and dump in one of your pre-assembled frozen slow cooker meals and set the Crock-Pot, so you can come home hours later to yet another ready-to-eat meal.
For anyone who has been hesitant to try slow cooking, a cooker like the Crock-Pot SCVT650PS Programmable Slow cooker is likely to be the one thing that finally breaks through that last reservation. Between its sleek, attractive finish and the incredible range of new features, there’s no reason to hold off, because the convenience and the amount of time you can save with this Crock-Pot makes it just too good to resist.