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islandgirl Feb 15, 2005 05:43 PM

I'm thinking about buying a crockpot and was wondering if anyone has a brand/model they recommend. I definately want a removable crock for easier cleaning. Probably about 4 qts as I'm usually cooking for 2 but sometimes 4 people.
Any suggestions would be great!

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    Claire Feb 16, 2005 07:31 AM

    My Rival brand works great, and was only $30. No timer, though, as I understand some have? I would recommend a 5qt. size, then you won't be limited...I love cooking roasts in the pot, and the 5 qt size is great for something like that.

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      Jellybelly Feb 16, 2005 07:50 AM

      I second the Rival. I have my mom's. This thing must be 30 years old and it still works really well. Unfortunately, that means that I can't give a review of the newer models. When it comes time to trade in the avacado-and-brown model, I'm definitely going to get another Rival.

      As Claire said it doesn't have a timer, but I don't find that that really matters because most slow-cooker recipes are developed to cook for an imprecise amount of time. If you get home at 5, great. What? You won't get home until 6:30? No problem!

      Good luck!

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        coll Feb 16, 2005 08:22 AM

        Me too, got it at my bridal shower in 77, the one with pictures of veggies all around it. Only thing is I wish it was bigger (sure it was the smallest one), one time I made a brisket and when I came home it had overflowed a bit.

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          Miss Priss Feb 16, 2005 07:45 PM

          Most slow cookers with built-in timers have a limited range of settings: two hours, four hours, six hours, etc., but nothing in between. For a few dollars, you can just buy a basic plug-in electric timer that will turn the cooker on and off exactly when you want it to.

          By the way, I've heard that the older slow cookers were designed to cook at lower temperatures than the new ones, allowing for longer cooking times. And indeed, my relatively new 3-1/2 quart oval Rival seems to cook a bit faster than my old 3-1/2 quart cylindrical Rival, which gets to be a problem as my work day gets longer and longer!

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        twinmommy Feb 15, 2005 10:32 PM

        Slate.com, a free online magazine, has a piece where the author cooked up a storm in a variety of crockpots. She then gives her ratings. You might find that helpful. Here's a link:
        http://slate.com/id/2113226/

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