Originally Posted by iknow
Ok, thanks all. But is there anything it's good for besides keeping things warm? I hate to toss it, and i gotta think it must be good for some sort of cooking use. Also, if it's because it's too hot, i wonder if you could put something like a wire ring around the edge before you put the ceramic pot in to raise it away from the heating element enough so it cooks at a lower temp.
One of the great things to use a crock pot for is for protracted serving of soup or stew. My in-laws always had a soup and a chili for the family gathering on Christmas eve. Each was put in a crock pot on low and we would self serve all afternoon/evening.
Despite the shortcomings, we used ours a lot when we both worked and wanted something like a pot roast for dinner. Put a chuck roast on low in the morning and then just cook the potatoes and veggies in the broth right before serving. It doesn't get nearly as much use now that we are not working. My two enameled cast iron Dutch ovens/pots get the job now.