About

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

Ambitions

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

Utility/Quality

Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
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

Packaging

Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive

Economy

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

Summary

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.