Back of Breville's Slow Cooker Has Made Me a Crockpot Convert Recently I was approached by Breville, an Australian kitchen appliance company, asking if I was interested in experimenting with their shiny new slow cooker. My initial response was no: I'm not a huge fan of slow cookers and I've never really understood their appeal. Then YumSugar pointed out that since I hadn't cooked with one, I was the ideal candidate to give it a try. To find out what I thought of Breville's Slow Cooker with EasySear ($180), . This slow cooker is nothing like my father's tried and trusted, crusty old crockpot. It's a sleek rectangular gadget with several parts. The outside is stainless steel, and the removable inside is cast aluminum. The best thing about this machine is the removable inside pan. If a recipe calls for searing and browning before slow cooking, it can be done in this stove-top friendly pan. It means one less item to wash! Speaking of washing, the insert is incredibly easy to clean. The stainless steel outside, however, is prone to dirty finger stains and, after several uses, is clearly soiled. The slow-cooker has two settings: low and high. The high seems really hot, and I was a little wary of leaving things cooking on high all day while I wasn't at home, so I cooked on low. The cooker also comes with a roasting rack that I'm excited to try. After experiencing Breville, I am officially a slow cooker convert. The first day I made chili; I had a horribly stressful afternoon, walked into my apartment complex and thought, "wow something smells wonderful." As I neared my place, I realized it was coming from the slow cooker! It was an effortless and comforting meal that made me want to try everything from red wine short ribs to pork rillettes in the machine. Do you have a slow cooker or any of Breville's appliances? What do you think about them? View 9 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Comments bchicgrl 7 years my slow cooker was the best purchase i have ever made, I can't imagine not having one. Chicken is my go to for the slow cooker, I don't think i have baked or fried chicken since getting it. Advah 7 years I've a very cheap slow-cooker that doesn't have the 'keep warm' or switches itself off options :( mainly to use at the weekend but I never think of it. terrywagner123 7 years I might have to try this one out fuzzles 7 years Love my crock pot! I'm going to whip up the Cuban chicken recipe that Yum posted this weekend, if not earlier. My crock is old school as well, but it gets the job done. While the one pictured sounds wonderful, I'll spend that saved 180 clams on good cheese and...BACON! :D Leilanic1 7 years oh and i posted an amazing chicken recipe on the crockpot cooking group that seriously is the prime rib of chicken. ;) Leilanic1 7 years ooo espresso marinated short ribs??? those sound amazing. i love my crockpot. i don't use it half as much as i'd like though. i'd love to try this breville one! mine is old school :) FoodThinkers 7 years We love our Slow Cooker! Here are some more recipes including a great one for Espresso-marinated Short Ribs: http://www.foodthinkers.com/?s=BSC560XL&x=0&y=0 The BBQ-flavored pulled chicken is really, really good too. jelibeann 7 years I recently got back into using my slow cooker and now I'm just so excited to find new recipes. One tip I read was to make sure, if your slow cooker doesn't have an automatic shut-off (mine doesn't), you purchase a light timer for the outlet to make sure your food doesn't dry out, burn and potentially start a fire if you're not home in time or if you somehow forget about it.