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Old 08-10-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Buying 1st Slow Cooker

Normally I look at Consumer Reports before buying items, but I can't seem to find their reviews on slow cookers. Can anyone provide the most recent CR recommendations? I'm also interested in your recommendations. Here's some info that may be helpful: I'm single, so I don't need to cook massive dishes. I typically leave the house for work and do not return until 12 hours later. I'm looking for one that I can start before I depart, have it cook the food and then shift to warming mode until I return. If that will overcook things, are there cookers that can be set to start/stop with a timer?

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Old 08-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC! Did you check America's Test Kitchen site?

America's Test KitchenEquipment Reviews

Not sure which season it is from, if it is 2012, it should be free. I have access because I have an account.

The highly recommended one was the Crockpot Touchscreen. You can set it for up to 20 hours.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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take your time. this is a big decision, so you don't to rush things. slow and steady is the way to go.

now, if you were buying a microwave, well, get the first one you see on sale! don't delay. get it now no matter what ypu have to do. it should only take a minute to decide on which one.

but this is a slow cooker, so remember, fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. you may want to sleep on it.


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Old 08-10-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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Hey, BT. When are you getting that tortoise you were planning to buy last year?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:32 PM   #5
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take your time. this is a big decision, so you don't to rush things. slow and steady is the way to go.
Come on, it's a crock pot! They retail for about $20-$40 or whatever you want to spend. Or buy at a garage/yard sale for about $6-$10.

I'm not all that comfortable abandoning an appliance to cook for 12 hours on its own.

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Hey, BT. When are you getting that tortoise you were planning to buy last year?
Got any slow cooker tortoise recipes? Maybe a non-mock turtle stew?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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Come on, it's a crock pot! They retail for about $20-$40 or whatever you want to spend. Or buy at a garage/yard sale for about $6-$10.

I'm not all that comfortable abandoning an appliance to cook for 12 hours on its own.



Got any slow cooker tortoise recipes? Maybe a non-mock turtle stew?
Greg--I'm with you there re: leaving an appliance cooking unattended for 12 hours. I wouldn't leave a pan on the stove during that time. I believe that an argument can be made to buy a more expensive brand than what one finds at big box stores. I have several--all vintage. I don't leave them "home alone." Rival used to be manufactured in the US. Now you have to ask which of their products are still manufactured in the US. If I were going to use one every day, I'd probably feel better about putting it on a timer and running it an outbuilding <g>. However, I would be looking for one that has good safety reviews and ratings. And, for that, one might have to move up in the price range.
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lol, andy.

i bought the jackrabbit on a whim so i haven't had time.
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Nesco roaster. You can adjust the temps to anything from slow simmer to high heat roast. It's a multi-tasker. The newer 'crockpots' pretty much have low or high settings, and the lowest setting is now way too high for 'slow' cooking.

They are not that much more $ than a crockpot, maybe $50. And you can get a lot more ways to use them.
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Nesco roaster. You can adjust the temps to anything from slow simmer to high heat roast. It's a multi-tasker. The newer 'crockpots' pretty much have low or high settings, and the lowest setting is now way too high for 'slow' cooking.

They are not that much more $ than a crockpot, maybe $50. And you can get a lot more ways to use them.
+1 on the Nesco. It's a whole kitchen in one appliance! You can even use it for canning.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:09 PM   #10
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I have never had much faith in Consumer Reports. When I have had expert knowledge of a product, I have too often found them to be plain wrong. And America's Test Kitchen often won't reveal who came out on top unless you buy a subscription to the site.

But whether you buy locally or on line, consider reading the user reviews on Amazon. When there are more than a few reviews, they can often reveal any annoying traits. Filter out the reviewers who are cranks or complain that the $10 product doesn't perform like the $100 version. Look for consistent reports. If ten reviewers out fifty talk about knobs that cracked or fell off, it's a pretty good indication that there's a design flaw.
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