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Slow Cooker Recomendation

k2rtumbles Aug 22, 2008 02:09 PM

With fall approaching, it is time to think about slow cooker meals for busy evenings. I have a Rival slow cooker, but I don't like it because it cooks everything way too fast. Looking for recommendations for a moderately prices slow cooker.


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    Leepa RE: k2rtumbles Aug 22, 2008 05:35 PM

    I had the same problem with a Rival slow cooker that I bought several years ago. After a scary incident with burn spots on the metal housing, I ditched it. After researching all the available alternatives for what I wanted I ended up with a 6 qt. oval Hamilton Beach slow cooker. As I recall, I looked at the wattage of all of them and picked the lowest one. It cooks well, a bit higher heat than I prefer, but way better than the Rival one and way better than those that my friends have.

    My brother (silly boy) sprung for the uber-expensive All-Clad slow cooker. It doesn't cook any better than mine as far as I can tell. It is prettier though, if that's important.

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      janzy RE: k2rtumbles Aug 22, 2008 08:10 PM

      All Clad from Wms. Sonoma.
      Can't be beat in looks and slow cooking.

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        carfreeinla RE: janzy Aug 23, 2008 06:40 PM

        I am on the fence about spending the extra $$ for this. Looks are one thing- what does the AlL Clad have that the others don't?
        One thing that I have been looking is a slow cooker where the idet can be removed and used on the stove to brown the meat before putting in the main unit. Any of them do this?

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        MillCreek RE: k2rtumbles Aug 23, 2008 07:44 AM

        I recently replaced a 4 quart Target unit with the Hamilton Beach 3 in 1 slow cooker. It works pretty well, and the option of using a 2, 4 or 6 quart insert is nice.

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          masteraleph RE: MillCreek Aug 24, 2008 01:28 PM

          Does the 6 qt crock seem to heat evenly? I'm looking at getting that one and my main worry has been that it will burn whatever's at the bottom.

          (Sorry for the vague threadjacking).

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            MillCreek RE: masteraleph Aug 25, 2008 05:00 PM

            We have been pleased so far, and have not noticed any burning on the bottom of any of the crocks.

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              masteraleph RE: MillCreek Aug 28, 2008 03:47 PM

              Excellent, that's just what we wanted to hear. We're registering at BB&B, and basically need a manually set slow cooker, of which they have very few (we'll be using it for cholent, a stew that's cooked at the very least overnight- but it's also one where we might want to set it friday morning to eat saturday lunch, and the electronically controlled ones all have auto-shutoffs). Glad to hear that it works well.

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              Leepa RE: masteraleph Aug 25, 2008 05:07 PM

              I have a 6 quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker (not the 3 in 1 type) and it heats very evenly. It still cooks at a slightly higher temperature than the old-style Rival pots that were so great, but it's way better and more even than the current line-up of Rival cookers.

              Here's one similar to mine (though it's not quite as ugly, lol) and as you can see, it's a very basic model.


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            jdf RE: k2rtumbles Aug 23, 2008 07:53 AM

            I have the Cuisinart which looks good and cooks well. The All Clad seems great, but is certainly not a moderately priced slow cooker as you have asked for. Probably the most expensive brand out there.

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