All-Clad 99009 Stainless-Steel 6-1 2-Quart Slow Cooker by Pressure Cookers
Updated on 4-14-2013.
Even with a busy schedule, you can still enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals thanks to this easy-to-use oval-shaped slow cooker. Simply add ingredients to the unit's black ceramic pot, insert the pot into the cooker, and set the 26-hour programmable timer. After a long day at work or a busy day of weekend errands, dinner will be ready and waiting. Perfect for soups, casseroles, pot roasts, curries, and more, its large 6-1/2-quart capacity works great for single-person meals with leftovers or for dinner with the family. Thoughtfully designed, the slow cooker also provides attractive stainless-steel housing; an integrated control panel with an LCD display; three temperature settings--high, low, and keep warm; a glass lid for keeping an eye on the cooking process; and riveted stainless-steel handles for safe transport. The ceramic insert and glass lid clean up easily by hand with hot soapy water or safely in the dishwasher. A recipe booklet comes included for getting started. The slow cooker measures 19-7/8 by 14 by 11-3/8 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
Of all the kitchen appliances I own, I really think my return on investment is greatest with this one. I've had it a year now, so I'm no longer in the "honeymoon phase" with it - and I've really used it on average 3 times per week throughout the entire year.I bought this after I wore out my cheaper version slow cooker, and I knew that this time I was willing to spend a little more money (since I knew how to use it), and I knew I wanted a larger capacity.It's very easy to clean the removable crock, the settings available are warm, low, and high, and you can program (to within a half hour) the length of cook time. When cook time is up, the machine switches to warm on its own.The capacity is such that I CAN fit 2 whole chickens in it, I can also cook 2 tri tip roasts (2.5 -3 lbs each) or one large pot roast, however the cooking is still even when the pot is not near full (i.e. I often cook only one chicken or one tri-tip, and the cook time is still about the same).You can serve succulent meals from this - really delicious stews and roasts, but you will absolutely get a better result if you do a little prep work on the stove beforehand. For most recipes, that means 20-30 minutes in the morning or night before.Many slow cooked meals are "wintery" type foods, however I found myself using it very often in the Summer as well, because I dread turning on my oven or slaving over a stove in the heat of July. With the slow cooker, very little heat is generated into the house, and the other bonus is you don't need to be home - so we often ate BBQ brisket or pulled pork sandwiches this Summer after cooking the meat in this slow cooker.I recommend the Gourmet Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley to accompany this pot. If you're going to pay the price of this pot, treat yourself to a book of recipes you will feel proud to serve. Bon Appetit.EDIT: I did have one of the little circular rubber feet at the bottom break (actually I think it melted) off. I took it back to the store where I bought it, expecting them to give me another little rubber foot, but they ended up replacing the entire apparatus. I didn't have a receipt, but they didn't bat an eye...said All-Clad will replace it without a problem. They told me that this had not happened to any others they knew of, and I've had no problem with the replacement.