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Crock Pots make for merry family affairs.

Although the downturn of the economy has brought about a lot of changes, one of them has turned out to be not all that bad: the return to home cooking. Takeout is convenient, for sure, but it can get quite pricey, and it seems to add to our frenetic pace by fueling an on-the-go lifestyle. Cozy family dinners, on the other hand, seem to have the opposite effect. We're certainly enjoying our time together and, in the end, we're reminded that nothing beats a home-cooked meal--plus there are the benefits of being able to control the quality of ingredients such as the amount of salt and fats that are added.

Of course, we're still as busy as can be, but it's a great feeling to know that, after just a few minutes of prep lime in the morning, we can toss our ingredients into one of Jarden Consumer Solutions' Crock-Pots and our dinner will be ready when we are. The Boca Raton, Fla., company, which first introduced this revolutionary way of cooking nearly 40 years ago, has modernized its line to include sleek designs, removable stoneware for easy clean-up, programmable functions, and some models that offer two or three crocks for added versatility.

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The Crock-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker with Touch Screen Technology ($129.99) is the ultimate in convenience and style. With a digital user interface and polished stainless steel exterior, this elegant appliance allows home cooks to program from 30 minutes up to 20 hours of cooking time. It will shift automatically to its warm function when the cooking lime is completed, and display the length of lime it has been in that mode. With a large, 6.5-quart-capacity oval crock, and about 80 recipes, you'll be serving up Beef Bourguignon or Chicken Cacciatore in no lime flat.

Ideal for entertaining, the Crock-Pot Duo Cook & Serve ($69.99) features two independent 2.5-quart crocks with separate temperature controls. This complete meal solution gives the ability to cook a main and side dish at the same time, and will keep food warm for hours, making it perfect for family gatherings so you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy your guests. Each pot can double as a serving dish, and has a glass lid, serving spoon, and spoon notch. The unit is black with stainless steel trim.

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For more information on the Original Slow Cooker, including recipes, tips and hints, and accessories, visit www.crockpot.com.

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Title Annotation:kitchen appliance; WHAT'S NEW?
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
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Date:Jan 1, 2010
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