I need some advice on slow cookers. Can anyone suggest a brand that they really like. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Joan from Chesterfield, MI
Have two Rivals (different sizes). The larger I have had for 20+ years!. Now there are even different shapes. If I were you, I would definitely buy one with removable insert--my oldest doesn't have one and it's awkward to clean since one can't use an abrasive cleaning pad. I don't know what I would do without the ease of dumping stuff in and forgetting about it until dinner time!
I have one made by CorningWare. I like it & the nice feature about it is, the inside liner can be used on top of the stove for browning(sometimes the recipe asks for browning prior to cooking in the crockpot). No need to use 2 different pots.
I refuse to buy one of the new crockpots. My old one (from the 70's cooks to perfection). My advice is to look for an old Rival at a yard sale.
I love my Presto kitchen kettle. You can use it as a slow cooker and also fry things in it - it comes with a fry basket. The ceramic insert also comes out if you are taking food to a gathering.
I've used crock pots for 31 years of marriage, and I love them. I've tried different brand names, but, have found that Rival has been around for a long time , Like me, and we both just keep on ticking. I'm sticking with Rival. Get you a good crockpot cook book to go with it. (other than the one that comes with it). I found some at Barnes & NObles for my newly wed daughter, she and her husband work, and she loves her crockpot. Have fun with it, I've just started using the Rival's with the timers, great ideal !!!!
My kids bought me a Rival 5-6 quart. After all these years I finally got it. I like it butttt---- If anything happens to it I would consider a Nessco small roaster. I love my 18 quart Nessco roaster and feel a smaller one might suit me also. I like the idea of adjusting the temp to suit myself is very apealing. I don't know if they have a rectangular one for things like " lasgsnia " but that is the one I would choose next. I would also not choose one with the "no stick". I know for me it would not last for the life of the roaster. I had another brand of 18 quart and it broke down in the middle of the third use.
You won't go wrong with a Rival, but I had to tell you what was on my wish list some day.
the new crock pots don't heat as low as the old ones. Therefore you're food cooks faster and has more chance of drying out. I would suggest going to resale shops and tying to find an older model
Do not get a crockpot from Hamilton beach. I have 2 of them thinking the first was defective. They get too hot things boil on low, burn on high. I wish I still had my first rival.
I have used crockpots for nearly 30 yrs of marriage. My favorite brand is Rival. Right now I have a 6 qt oval Rival with removeable liner....besides the high and low setting, also has warm which I find convenient if I know we are gonna have to eat a bit later than planned and the meal will be ready sooner....just turn to warm and then it stays hot but isn't gonna cook more. I actually think my new one cooks better than my old one from '72 which I finally got rid of even tho it still worked. I just had too many crock pots. We adopted two children later in life and now with 2 extra mouths, I find I like the 6 qt. I have only owned two brands of crock pots, Rival and Hamilton Beach. The Hamilton Beach was a large size with removeable liner. I had it almost 20 yrs before it just stopped working....it had been fine and then when I went to use it, it just never heated up. I kept the glass lid and pitched the rest, then right away went out and bought my current Rival.
If you haven't tried those Banquet frozen "crock pot classics" meals....they aren't bad....I've got the Chicken & Dumplings cooking right now. Sundays can usually be busy for us so lately I have been making crock pot meals. Today's meal is super easy since I will only actually be cooking fresh green beans.
Thanks so much for all the recommendations. Can't believe I have cooked for all these years, and now in my old age, I am finally getting around to buying a crockpot. However, that is about to change and I am sure I will enjoy the convenience of starting a meal in the morning and having it ready to enjoy later with a minimum of effort. Thanks again.
I like the 2 piece crock pots. You can save food in them, put in fridge, warm in microwave. Good luck.
I currently own a 6 quart Rival digital programmable Crock Pot. It has a removable ceramic oval-shaped insert, which can be placed in the dishwasher. I really like my Rival Crock Pot.
Some years ago, when one of my earlier Crock Pots stopped working properly, I called Rival to ask about the possibility of repairing it. Instead of dealing with a repair, Rival replaced this Crock Pot absolutely FREE! They never even asked for the old one!
My current Crock Pot is even better than the old one, as it is programmable, has three settings, and a larger, oval shaped insert. To make it even better, I use slow cooker liners, which makes clean up even easier!
My only complaint is the lid; I cook meals in my Crock Pot and transport these meals quite frequently. Because the lid doesn't lock, I have to transfer the meal to a portable container in order to transport it. Hamilton Beach apparently has a model with a locking lid. Other than this small drawback, I recommend the Rival Crock Pot without reservation.
I have two crock pots, they are both Rivals. One is quite a few years older than the other (I like the older one the best for meats and other things). I have had it so long, that the handles fell off, and just recently the knob on the controls fell off (from over use,or old age). So needless to say, I don't take it anywhere. I got this one in'96. I have used it just about everyday. I take a pair of pliers to turn it on and off. I couldn't ask for any better than my older Rival.
Well, when the handles fell off, my husband bought me a brand new Rival. It has a warm temp on it (where my older doesn't). But it also seems to cook things faster, and if I'm not careful, things do tend to get a little scorched. But I have found that it cooks dry beans really good. It has a strap with it that goes over the top, through the lid handle to the other side, and if I wanted to, I can transport it.
In fact I use the crock pot so much that my hubby calls me "The Crock pot Queen". I have several cook books for my crock pot, and I also get a lot of recipes off the 'net, and I have never had a bad meal. Thanks for letting me ramble on, Weezy
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