The benefits of a small slow cooker include saving time, money and effort. Cooking food slowly also brings out the flavor in the food, and by nature, slow cookers are designed to start and walk away. Continually checking on the contents increases cooking time, so cooks are free to complete other tasks while the slow cooker does all the work.
Cooking does not get any easier than using a slow cooker. The majority of slow cooker dishes require the cook to simply measure the ingredients, throw them in the cooker, turn it on and walk away. One exception to this is when onions are used. To achieve the best flavor, owners are advised to cook the onions before placing them in the slow cooker.
Slow cookers provide the user with the benefit of getting a head start on dinner preparations before he even leaves for work. Mix all ingredients in the slow cooker the night before, and refrigerate to keep fresh. Slow cookers work best when the ingredients are room temperature, so take it out of the refrigerator upon waking, and allow it to warm up for at least 20 minutes. Turn on the cooker, put the lid in place and allow the meal to cook during the work day.