My slow cooker is so old it could almost be on Antiques Roadshow. I'm pretty sure I had it before I moved to Essex which means that it dates from the late 70s/early 80s.
Several times recently I have meditated on retiring it and buying a new one. A bigger, oval one that has a few more functions. Then I thought about it some more and realised that it does everything I want it to do with the exception of being the right shape for a turkey drumstick - and how many times do I need to cook a turkey drumstick in the slow cooker?
I rather like the look of it in an old fashioned way. After all, retro is very in, isn't it? The inner bowl is a lovely grey ceramic that looks good on the table and can go in the oven if necessary.
The outer casing is pretty (and old fashioned) and I like it. I guess I'm old fashioned too!
I guess it doesn't hold as much as some you can buy now and what it holds would be in pints, not in metric (not that is matters one bit!), but it is fine for me. Overnight I made a savoury mince with veg that has made five very good portions and it wasn't full. I can slow roast a chicken in it. What's not to like there?
The functions are fairly basic but again, what more do I need? It has a high, a low and an auto that starts on high and goes to low when it's boiling. It's all I need.
So, sorry, slow cooker, but I'm not retiring you yet. You're still a valued part of the kitchen team, you more than earn your cupboard space and long may you continue!