If you haven’t jumped on the slow cooker bandwagon yet, you're missing out. They’re affordable to buy, simple to use and offer a healthier style of cooking that requires little to no oil. Slow cookers also save you money — they make cheaper cuts of meat more tender and appetizing; and arriving home to a savoury slow-cooked dinner means you won’t be spending on takeout because you’re too tired to cook at the end of the day.

The Crock Pot Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker can be set to cook your meal from 30 minutes all the way up to 20 hours, allowing you to add your ingredients in the morning and then leave them gently cooking as you go about your day. The Crock Pot automatically switches over to “warm” mode once the cooking timer is done, which means your meal won’t end up overcooked if you get stuck in traffic on the way home or if (read: when) the TTC is delayed.

This Crock Pot is also a convenient kitchen appliance to have on hand if you’re helping out with a holiday feast this year. It features a secure fitting lid and locking system that makes it easy to transport your meal without spillage — no more layering tinfoil over your dinner contribution and precariously balancing it en route to your gathering. Side handles make carrying less awkward, while the removable stoneware interior is great for serving plus keeps your food warm during the journey.

$47.99; costco.ca