Post # 1
I am planning to buy a crock pot but have no idea what to go for.
I think I want a large one – 6.5 litres as I would like to be able to cook for dinner parties in it now and then, or cook extra to freeze.
I think I want an Oval one so I can fit large meats in.
I don’t know if I need a timer?? Can I just leave it on without one? The timer really pushes up the price. I am out of the house about 8 hours a day for work. Will be at home soon for a year with baby tho!
Post # 3
I don’t have any advice but since I really want a slow cooker too I’m going to post here to see if any other ladies have recommendations later 🙂 (Plus giving you a little bump, too!)
Post # 4
@RapunzelRapunzel: Thanks! 🙂 I’ve wanted one for a while. I’m in the UK so they are less common here I think.
Post # 5
I think getting a timer is a good investment, These things cook based off time. We have a large oval one we use semi often. Make sure you get one where the inside comes out for storage and cleaning. Its difficult to clean the ones that dont come out since you have to be careful with the electrical plug.
Post # 7
I can’t recommend a specific one (I’m not even sure what ours is), but find one that has a way to latch the lid to the pot for travel. Our old one had notches in the handles and a band thing that stretched over the lid and under the handles to hold it down, but our new one doesn’t (and the lid moves around quite a bit, bah–but it was free, so whatever).
Post # 8
I have this beauty: http://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-SCCPVL610-S-6-Quart-Programmable-Stainless/dp/B004P2NG0K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354627994&sr=8-2&keywords=slowcooker+6.5
It has a timer, is super easy to clean and is big enough to cook a whole chicken. I LOVE my crock pot. If you get one, check out http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ , she has some awesome recipes. I actually bought her book.
This model goes on sale pretty often. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll find an affordable price.
Post # 9
I am a crock pot fanatic. I own 4! I have a mini one, a 3 dish one for parties, and 2 larger sized ones. I personally don’t think a timer is necessary. Most recipies call for it to cook all day on low anyway. I start mine as I start the day and it is done by dinner time.
Of the 4 crocks I have I use this one the most. It has a locking lid, is oval, it is easy to clean, and it looks great on the countertop.
Post # 10
I have a large oval one and hate it!!! I’m looking to buy a deeper, medium sized one. If you don’t put enough stuff in it, the part of the meat that isn’t covered in veggies or broth will completely dry out.
There is so much surface to cover it takes a lot of food.. or you have to be home in order to turn it off because it easily over cooks if you leave it for the amount of time the recipe says (maybe this is where a good timer would come in handy…).
Just something to think about if you are a slow cooker newbie like me!
Post # 11
@panterapeach: Does the cook n carry one have a timer?
Thanks everyone for the replies – v helpful!
Post # 12
@Mrsluckywife: This one does not, but even if it did have one I don’t think I would use it. Most recipies are 8 hours on low. If I throw stuff in there in the morning,and It’s done right about when I get home. Unless you were going to be gone for well over 9 hours I would get one that could turn the heat from low to warm. But in all honesty, I have left mine on for over 9 hours on low and my food turned out fine 🙂
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Definetly get a timer! I have one and I cook at the same time I use ours, for my dog sitter in hers ( we trade services) and mine cooks way better because it auto changes to warm when its done and hers keeps cooking. You can really overcook chicken in there!
Post # 15
@AlbertaLolita: That’s helpful! What make do you have with the timer? I think a timer would be good because I won’t worry if I get held up at work.
Post # 16
i am another one for wanting a timer. I find many people overcook their crockpot meals.
Just because its a crockpot doesnt mean it should cook forever and a day. Many good recipes in the crockpot dont turn the meat into pulled pork texture. Many will make it just like your oven, which is why you need a timer.
However on mine I have discovered that my timer is for how long it cooks, not when to turn it on. So it stays in this warm stage after the fact (to prevent bacteria growth and to keep it hot when you get home) but it continues to cook it and overcooks the dish. I wish it had a timer that delayed it turning it on.
Mint doesnt have a locking lid, but I wish it did.
I also like the removeable pot and it to be large because I cook a lot at once.