- A slow cooker, or crock-pot, uses very low heat to cook food slowly. It can be left alone for hours and uses less energy than many other appliances.
- Great for soups, stews, tough meat or dried beans.
- A rice cooker uses medium heat to steam food. It works faster than a slow cooker. For safety it shuts off automatically and has no exposed heat source.
- Great for grain or bean dishes, soups, stews, or steamed foods.
- A toaster oven is a very small oven. This option is more energy efficient than a stove for cooking small items and is great for small spaces.
- Great for sandwiches, pizza, or reheating small items.
- An electric skillet works like a skillet on a stovetop. This appliance is great for cooking small items and is safer than a hot plate.
- Great for eggs, stir fries or whole grain pancakes.
- A microwave cooks food very quickly and is great for small spaces.
- Great for thawing, hot beverages, steaming items, ready-to-heat foods, and leftovers.
Written by Jessica Shupp Enes, Fitness Program Coordinator