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When it comes to holiday gifting, they suggest choosing gifts based on:
- Something You Need
- Something You Want
- Something to Read
- Something to Wear
Well, this Black & Decker MultiCooker is a need I want. I received my Black & Decker Slow Cooker last week and used it for the first time for Thanksgiving Dinner. A dangerous time to test a product for the first time? Yes, but I LOVE the brand – it never fails me. This Slow Cooker is no different. It was success the first time I used it.
First off, let’s talk design. It has a compactish build, so it fits on my counter nicely with room to spare. It has a classic steel and black coloring, to blend in with almost any kitchen decor. It has a 6.5 Quart capacity with a cooking range from 200 degrees to 450.
The dials were easy to figure out and use. You plug it in and you turn it on. There is a Control Knob on the left and a Temperature Knob on the right. I used mine for the first time to create homemade cranberry sauce, none of that canned stuff for us.
When you use the MultiCooker, you want to preheat before adding ingredients. The cranberry sauce ingredients are easy, with 2 cups of water, a cup of sugar, a few dashes of vanilla, a tablespoon of orange juice and two tablespoons of rum. And of course, you can’t forget the 12 ounces of fresh cranberries. You boil them til they pop, then you simmer until it breaks down into gooeyness.
The Multicooker took it on like a pro, letting me use my stove for other cooking necessities. The Multicooker can sear, saute, slow cook, roast and bake. It can even keep things warm for up to four hours. The control knob lets you tell it what you want to do. You use the temperature knob for roasting and baking.
When I finished my cranberries, I forgot to turn the unit OFF. So it baked a crust of black cranberry sugar on its ceramic coated cooking unit by the time we had to do the dishes. No worries, though. We rinsed, soaked while we chatted and then rinsed again with soapy water and it all came beautifully off. There is a unit INSIDE the cooker that lifts out for cleaning.
The Black and Decker Muticooker comes with a Tempered Glass Lid, Roasting Rack, the Inside Cooking Pot and the Cooking Base. It retails for $129.99 from Black and Decker Appliances.