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One of these. Shipping to Japan was quick and cheap, the total price worked out less than one of the tiny ones sold locally.
I also have a three quart one for things like pot roasts.
It's a crockpot with a simple dial control and the clips so you can clip the lid down and transport it. I've never used those. It looks similar to this one, though I'm not sure it's exactly the same model:
An Instant Pot (from the official brand, not an off-brand one) is kind of an all-in-one type of device. It can be a slow cooker, a rice cooker, or a pressure cooker based on the settings. It can cook thick meat quickly, but it's not too great for vegetables. Also, they are large so they're not great for a small kitchen with limited counterspace. Here's an article that goes into more details and also has links for where to buy one: https://www.delish.com/food/a51371/things-you-should-know-before-using-an-instant-pot/.
A slow cooker does not have as many functions, but they are often much cheaper than the Instant Pot and you can still cook a lot of dishes in them. This device doesn't really have the capability to cook things quickly though. The minimum time I've seen on a recipe is 2 hours. But this is ideal for putting stuff in before work and coming home to have dinner done. There are a variety of sizes so you can get one appropriate for the amount of food you want to create at once. That also makes it easier to keep in a small kitchen. This is a list of tips to make the most of the slow cooker and some things that recipes may not tell you: https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/articles/14-tips-for-slow-cooker-meals. Here is a great option for $25 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPVL600S-6-Quart-Portable-Stainless/dp/B003HF6PUO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1549838488&sr=8-3&keywords=slow+cooker.
Other easy cooking methods include baking/broiling with sheet pan or casserole-type recipes. These are really great for meal prep or feeding a crowd. One problem is that the prep may take a long time. For example, lasagna requires many cooking steps before you throw it in the oven, which may not be ideal for a beginner. It may also be difficult to get the type of browning you want on meat or knowing when bone-in meat is done. I'd be careful with this cooking method and just make sure you feel confident about the instructions.
Overall, I would recommend slow cooker for a beginner, but focus on what your needs and preferences are. The cheapest option is probably baking/broiling while the easiest is probably slow cooker or Instant Pot.
this is not a necessity so I completely understand if this is passed over. I would love to have a crock pot for my family. I am a stay at home mom but am disabled (currently applying for disability) and can provide proof/more details via pm if requested. I absolutely love to cook but I have been having a lot of medical problems that make cooking/ slaving over the hot stove for an hour or so very difficult and my family is getting tired of casseroles. This would allow me to have a main meal cooking throughout the day and just make a quick side to go with it. It would allow my kids and hubby to have a home cooked meal when they come home.
thank you for considering my request and God bless for doing this wonderful offer!!!
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Great. Which one are you using? I have had this in mind.
I haven't picked yet, but right now my two favorites are a Crock-Pot (cheapest) and a Hamilton Beach (that heliosxx recommends below).