Oval-shaped programmable slow cooker with 3-1/2-quart ceramic pot
Touchpad control panel; 24-hour LCD countdown timer; 4 cooking modes
Automatic keep-warm; glass lid; nonslip rubber feet; stay-cool handles for safety
Dishwasher-safe pot and lid; instruction manual with recipes included
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards and BPA free Features: Touchpad control panel with LED timer display|24-hour cooking timer|Off/On Keep Warm Simmer Low and High settings|Removable 3.5-quart oval ceramic cooking pot|Automatically shifts to Warm when cook time ends|Brushed stainless steel housing|Glass lid with chrome-plated knob|Dishwasher-safe lid and ceramic pot|Nonslip rubber feet|Instruction/recipe book|Limited 3-year warranty|BPA Free
- Type: Slow cooker
- Color: Black, silver
- Model: 3-1/2-Quart
- Weight: 9 lb 3 oz
- Made In: China
- Warranty: 3-year limited warranty
- Dimensions: 14-1/4" u 16-1/2" x 11-3/4"
- Composition: Stainless steel, plastic, ceramic pot, glass lid, rubber feet
- Manufacturer: Cuisinart
- Other versions: 6.5-Quart Slow Cooker
- Product number: PSC-350
|Apparent goal:||kids||gift/registry||home kitchens||restaurants||everywhere|
|Intended audience:||novice||advanced beginner||good home cook||gourmet||professional|
|Diet/nutrition:||does not apply||scary||empty promises||helpful||essential|
|Green?:||not especially||neutral||mixed blessing||earth friendly||green!|
|Innovative:||step back||standing still||progress||trendy||genius|
|Problem solving:||no better||baby steps||solid steps||giant steps||a revelation|
|Competition:||outclassed||follower||in the pack||strong challenger||likely champ|
|Ease of use:||impossible||frustrating||OK||simple||child's play|
|Quality:||cheesy||questionable||good||years of service||impressive|
|Parts to lose:||inevitable||some/many||one-piece||self-storing||not a problem|
|Clean-up:||nightmare||wipe clean||soap & water||scouring pad||dishwasher|
|Does it work?:||not at all||adequately||well||very well||perfectly|
|Availability:||airfare required||online||kitchen store||department store||supermarket|
|Easy to open?:||impossible||maddening||tolerable||good||opens itself|
|Green?:||fills a landfill||huge waste||passable||minimal waste||impressive|
|Time saving:||time wasting||not really||modest||substantial||huge|
|Labor saving:||less efficient||marginal||a bit||noticeable||remarkable|
|Money saving:||money wasted||none||$||$$||$$$|
|Beats the old way:||worse||no change||better||definitely||entirely new|
|If it quits:||toss it||craigslist||repair||upgrade||replace|
|Fulfills ambitions:||falls short||almost there||satisfies||exceeds||home run|
|How often used:||once/twice||≥daily||≥weekly||≥monthly||≥yearly/holidays|
|Worth the space?:||no||does not apply||w/unlimited space||w/limited space||absolutely|
|Need it?:||a luxury||discretionary||basic equipment||for serious cooks||get it|
|Value:||ouch!||a little pricey||worth splurging||on the money||a deal|
|Overall rating:||skip it||fair||good||very good||excellent|
Comments: Personal preference matters. It’s one thing whether you routinely cook for a crowd and need a 7-quart slow cooker or just for a few and need a small one. But it’s the bells and whistles – programmable timers, various cooking modes, stay-warm settings, etc. – that matter to some people and not at all to others. If you’re delving into the world of slow cookers for the first time, however, you might as well opt for the bells and whistles (if you can afford them), and use them or not as you get comfortable with it.
This oval-shaped programmable slow cooker from Cuisinart is one of the smaller models, with a 3-1/2-quart ceramic pot, which makes it ideal for one or two people, or for managing some leftovers. You can get the same features in a Cuisinart model that is essentially twice this size for a larger group.
The slow cooker, quite elegant in brushed stainless steel, has a touchpad control panel. It has a 24-hour timer, so you can cook beans and other foods that cook almost endlessly. There are four cooking modes – high (212°F (100°C)), low (200°F (93°C)), simmer (185°F (85°C)), and warm (165°F (74°C)). The slow cooker automatically switches to warm once the cooking time has run out to prevent overcooking, and will stay on that setting for as long as 8 hours.
This model features a glass lid, allowing you to keep an eye on the cooking process, nonslip rubber feet, and stay-cool side handles so you can move it. The ceramic cooking pot and glass lid can go in the dishwasher for quick cleanup. An instruction manual includes dozens of recipes.
If the current crop of slow cooker cookbooks is any indication, slow cookers are enjoying not a renaissance, but an outright boom. Apparently you should have several at your disposal. but perhaps this one – or its larger brother – would be a fine place to start.