Anybody have a crockpot that they just love?

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Anybody have a crockpot that they just love?
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 7:00pm

I have been through 3 crockpots in the past few years.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 09-01-2011 - 10:10pm
This is the one I had, until I dropped and shattered the cover anyways:

http://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCVP600-SS-Smart-Pot-Programmable-Stainless/dp/B000FIP91W/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=appliances&qid=1314929202&sr=8-20

I liked it because it was programmable and it had the warming feature so that on the days I was out of the house for 10 hours, if I put it on the 8 hour time, it flipped into warming mode at hour 8. It also has a 4, 6, and 8 hour feature, so you can experiment a bit with the TI ing of things. You may want a slightly smaller one than a 6 quart, but maybe not. I usually try and make enough so that there is leftovers, or I make things like chicken or roast so that I can use the extra meat in another dish another night. I need to replace mine soon! Good luck!
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Registered: 01-06-2006
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 9:35am
I have the same model and it does the trick though I'm not in love with it. I find it cooks fast and the crock doesn't clean up all that well. I used an appliance timer (one of those timer thingys many people use on their Christmas lights where you can set times to turn on and off) with my old slow cooker and I can't do that with this one because you have to push a button to select the setting once the power is turned on. Probably not a big deal for most people but somehow I never home at exactly the right times so I liked using the timer. Another FYI on this one, the 4 & 6 hour settings are high heat and the 8 & 10 hour settings are low heat. If you want 4 hours on low you have to be around to turn it off or down to warm.

Over all, it does a good job but it's not my ultimate slow cooker but I haven't found anything better in the same price range.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 9:47am
I agree Ami, I"m not in love with it, or wasn't, but it was the best I had found to suit my purposes. I never use the crock pot for a short 4-6 hour period of time unless I was actually home, and then you were still right, I would just use the 8 hour setting and turn it off when I knew it was time. It doesn't matter how hard I try, I don't think I've ever made a great crock pot meal, but usually, after a long day at work and wrangling kids, anything that's ready to serve when I walk in the door, as long as its not burned or horrible, works. I know its low standards, but with picky eaters at home, I can never really experiment with a lot of stuff to find those really good recipes, but oh well...
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Registered: 01-06-2006
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 10:07am
Hey Tracy, why don't we get together and offer our "consulting services" to Rival and Hamilton Beach for a fee. ;)

I hear you about picky eaters and the piece of mind a slow cooker can bring. Same thing here.
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Registered: 12-12-2007
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 3:05pm
I had one from the actual crock pot brand. I got it at the church Christmas party. It was super ugly. Dark red and super bright yellow, but it cooked so good. When DH and I got married this past summer mine was the one to go. DH's is a nice looking stainless one, but it cooks to fast too. I thought it was me. I'm new to crock pot cooking. and you know. DH's has a black crock too and it's hard to clean as well. I'm going to hunt down a new crock pot brand one. I never burnt anything in that one!!!! :0)
KRISTIE
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Registered: 12-12-2007
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 3:08pm
Here's one -

http://www.crock-pot.com/Products.aspx?cid=113&scid=72

and it's only $40. I know whats going on my birthday list. :0)
KRISTIE
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 09-03-2011 - 5:32pm

I can't help with the crockpot, but I can tell you why yours cooks too fast. All modern crockpots cook hotter than the old ones, because of the manufacturers' concerns about food safety, and holding a dish at too low a temp for too long. I'm sure it was more a matter of fear of litigation than any actual claims.

So what you probably want is an older crockpot (>10 years) from a yard sale or something. To keep stuff from sticking, I always oil the inside before adding the food. Olive oil or some other cooking oil works better than cooking spray, but you can use that in a pinch.

And I have to

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 12:15pm
mine is as old as the hills but works so well. We got my g'ma a new one two years ago. It was digital, had a timer, low, high, warm...all the bells and whistles and it sucked. The thing broke last month, just stopped working. Mine my mother gave me, its a Rival brand and only has two settings but I've never had a problem with it, it take a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. :)

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Mon, 09-05-2011 - 1:00pm

Thanks everyone.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 2:34pm
Have you checked the 365 crock pot website? I have it bookmarked at work I can post the link on wednesady when I get back into the office if not, it might give you some good new recipes. I have 2 crock pot books, but with how picky jordyn and I both are, it's hard for me to use the straight recipes and I'm not that great at adjusting recipes.
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