If you're going to be away from home all day, select the low-heat setting on the cooker. This lets you simmer the food for 10 to 12 hours.
For afternoons when you're running errands or attending meetings, or for those times when you're entertaining and want to get the food preparation done early, use the high-heat setting. It will cook the food in 5 to 6 hours.
Crockery cookers range in size from 1 to 6 quarts. The midsize crockery cookers are most common.
Besides different sizes of cookers, there also are two different types (see illustrations).
You can identify this crockery cooker (Illustration A) by the fixed settings on the heat control: low, high, and sometimes automatic (shifts from high to low heat).
This type of cooker (Illustration B) has a dial indicating temperatures in degrees.
Crockery cookers are simple appliances to operate. The following general hints will help you use your crockery cooker more efficiently. (To learn about the specific features of your model, check the manufacturer's instruction booklet.)
For extra convenience, use an automatic timer to start the cooker while you're away. The food, however, should not stand more than two hours before the cooker switches on.