Slow cooker?

What brand do you ladies own? I desperately want one so DH and I can be uber lazy and just throw things in there in hopes it will come out delish.  Favorite recipes?

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 9:39 am
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Ours is the Crock-Pot brand and for the last 2 years it has been great!  We bought it at Costco!  My mom has a Crock-Pot brand one that she's had for ~30 years ... they don't make things like they used to, but I think that's a good selling feature.


I know Williams-Sonoma sells them, but I'm not sure if the price is worth it when my $50 one is doing a pretty dang good job for now.  :)

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 1:35 am
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Mine is a west bend brand and it has a warming tray and a rectangular pot that sits on top. It is awesome for clean up bc the pot isn't that heavy. It also is easy with leftovers bc I can put the whole pot in the fridge. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't have a timer and a lot of recipes say 6-8 hours on low. We are gone at work longer than 6-8 hours most days so it is hard for us to use ours regularly.
Posted on November 13, 2011 at 5:36 am
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Mine is very cheap, don't remember what brand. It's one of those most basic ones.  I don't even remember when and how I got it.


I strongly recommend getting one that has a timer - you can set when it starts and finishes cooking.  I work full time, and it's impossible to use it during the week since I'm out 10 hours a day.  I only use the crock pot on weekends, which defeats the purpose of having a crock pot.

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 6:29 am
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I've always ignored the 6-8hr thing and just added a little extra liquid so it doesn't dry out before we get home!
Posted on November 14, 2011 at 9:13 am
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We have a Rival crock-pot and I'm actually using it right now making chili.  : )


It's not a very expensive one, but we have had this for a few years and we love it!

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm
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We also have a Crock-Pot brand slow cooker. We have a very basic one, but I really want to upgrade :-) Definitely ditto the other girls -- a timer is huge if you want to use it during the week. Luckily I work from home right now, but if I didn't, I would also be out of luck due to the cook time for most recipes :-(

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm
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Thanks for the advice ladies!  I'm definitely looking into the programmable ones. :)  It's just so weird because for every good review of the same product, I see negative reviews too.  I feel kind of schizo.  I think the Costco near us carries a Crock-Pot, so maybe we'll just give that one a go first.

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 4:02 am
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I think that ours is crock-pot too, and we have had it for... 3 or 4 years.  Still works great!

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 4:50 am
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We have 2...one has a removable "crock" and the other one sits on a warmer type thing...i think equally as important as the timer is the removable crock part...my mom has one that you can't submerge to clean...that sucks!!!
Posted on November 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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Good point jackie.  I somehow assumed all had a removable crock.  I'll make sure to watch out for that too, then!

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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We have a red Rival that I got for Christmas a few years back. The stoneware part is really easy to clean, but it cooks so super fast that it's hard to use. Seriously, that baby will have a two pound roast cooked to leather in three hours, and that's on the "low" setting! Lol. I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone, it defeats the purpose of having a SLOW cooker.

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm
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I have this Kitchen Aid slow cooker and so far I LOVE IT!!! I have only made pulled pork a couple times and then a pot roast once.... but I am looking forward to using it a ton this winter!!!!


 I have this Kitchen photo 3217841-1

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm
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ours is crock-pot too

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm
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Blah.  I was going to buy the programmable crock-pot one from Costco but it has terrible reviews on Amazon. :S


I think I'll get the Hamilton Beach one from Amazon instead:


http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Forget-6-Quart-Programmable/dp/B001AO2PXK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I39NSU8ANASZW3&colid=1KHDYOQ3VJAAV

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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