The reason this item is called Versatility, The Everyday Slow Cooker is due to the ways it can be used. With the highly polished stainless steel cooking vessel on the base - it's a slow cooker. The vessel can also be used in the oven or on top of the stove, when browning a roast to slow cook is desired. The vessel can be set in the freezer and is dishwasher safe. The base doubles as a mini grill, perfect for grilling a burger, a couple of eggs, toasted cheese sandwiches or anything else that fits. A very VERSATILE product.