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Southern Living Crock-Pot
The power is in the palm of your hand
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Slow cookers: our tried-and-true kitchen tool. These versatile vessels can be used for making everything from pastas to pot roast. Who doesn't appreciate the convenience of dump-it-and-forget-it dinners for busy weeknights? While plugging in the pot before leaving home in the morning and returning home to a hot meal seems like a no-brainer, the reality of slow-cooking the contents for 10-plus hours can sometimes mean mushy meats and veggies. If you aren't able to run home during lunch to turn off the slow cooker, you run the risk of overcooking your food (or worrying about an accident happening in the kitchen).

Enter the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker. It can be controlled through an easy-to-use app on your smartphone, which allows you to remotely monitor your meal by adjusting the cook time, temperature, and more when you're away from home. Another plus? You can prepare the ingredients in the slow cooker before leaving the house, and then set a timer to start cooking whenever you'd like. When the meal is finished, you have the option of switching the slow cooker to a warming mode or turning it off completely. If you're running late, you can adjust cook time and temperature to fit your schedule. All the power is in the palm of your hand.

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The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker does all the heavy lifting for you, along with providing some peace of mind. The large, 6-quart model also means you can fix food for a crowd. Use it for whipping up lasagna for a weeknight dinners or preparing buffalo chicken dip for this weekend's tailgate.