Slow-cookers are an unbeatable way to prepare savory, comforting wintertime soups and stews. They can also be used to cook steel-cut oats, and even hot drinks like spiced holiday cider. Since they simmer foods at low temperature, slow-cookers can be left running unattended for much of the day. Keep in mind, however, that some foods will be ready in under two hours, and it’s certainly possible to overcook your meals in a slow-cooker. That said, by choosing the right recipes, and perhaps also by setting a timer, slow-cookers make it possible to arrive home from work to the smell of a supper that has been cooking all day.
Slow-cookers come in many sizes, from mini single-serving slow-cookers to 7-quart pots that can feed a large family. They range in price from $15 to $200. Amazon.com has many slow cookers that are heavily discounted with free shipping.
When it comes to super cheap counter-top appliances that can be used every day, nothing beats a slow-cooker. There are several superb vegan cookbooks devoted entirely to these devices.