This is one of the most useful pieces of equipment in my lovely kitchen. I use this for all sorts of recipes- Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli, Stew, Cooking a whole chicken, etc. If I am baking a steak pie I cook the inside of the pie in the slow cooker before I transfer it to the pastry. As it cooks things slowly it does involve a bit of planning, but the beauty of this is that if you are not sure what time members of the family will need to eat the dish will happily sit until everyone arrives without the risk of burning or over cooking. The flavours of your dish are brought out by the slow cooking and the slow cooker takes very little power.