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Old 12-28-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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Crockpot recommendation?

Does anyone have a recommendation on what brand of crockpot to buy? This will be my first one, and I am still just learning how to cook (took away to learn how to boil eggs correctly). Any help would be great.

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Old 12-28-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
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I have 3 and they are all Rival brand so I can't speak to other brands. I bought them because they were on sale at the time. If you are fairly new to cooking, I think you'll love a slow cooker. My first "successful" meal was in a slow cooker. Also, welcome to DC! We're really glad you're here.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:54 PM   #3
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Does anyone have a recommendation on what brand of crockpot to buy? This will be my first one, and I am still just learning how to cook (took away to learn how to boil eggs correctly). Any help would be great.
Welcome to DC, Nis.

I only use mine once in awhile, but my choice is a Rival programmable. It tends to get very hot, but I compensate by using a low setting and cutting the cooking time almost in half. It does not go into the freezer or microwave & as far as I know does not have a rack, if you are thinking of baking in same. It is a handy appliance, if you have no time to cook, have no oven space when planning a large meal or new to cooking/beginner.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome everyone. I actually signed up for the forum back in May 2006, but Air Force life has me BUSY so I haven't had a chance to check up on things. Now I need to get my nutrition in order and I'm hoping to do that with the help of this forum
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:23 AM   #5
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What do you all think of the Sanyo ECJ-HC55H? I can't post a link because I don't have 20 posts yet, but hopefully someone can give me an opinion on it.

They have it here at the BX for $99. I'm just worried about the separate pots that come with it.

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he unit includes two separate inner pots and inner lids to keep slow cooked dishes separate from rice, thereby maintaining the integrity of the rice flavor. The titanium-coated extra-thick (3mm) non-stick rice-cooking inner pot provides a round bottom for maximum heat distribution, optimum cooking, and effortless food release.
How do I make sure the surface retains its non-stick properties? I have already learned not to scrub it with a brillo pad . Am I supposed to prime it with cooking oil or something?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:33 AM   #6
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I am considering buying the all clad slow cooker. Does anyone have this?
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:53 AM   #7
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I would never get an all clad slow cooker. I LOVE all clad, but for a slow cooker it does not make any sense. You are really just paying an extra $100 for the name there.

The only slow cookers I have first hand knowledge of is Rival brand. My last one stopped working and I just got a replacement for X-mas. When it was working I really liked it. We will see how this one holds up.

We got my mom a Rival a few years ago and she loves it. She uses it at least once a week if not more. The cool thing about hers is that the crock and go into the oven and on the stovetop. It is smaller than mine though, but it is great for two people.
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May I suggest (multitasking is fun!) the Krups FDH212 Rice Cooker/Slow Cooker, which will make perfect rice, steam vegetables, and serve as a slow cooker. It may be a little more expensive than most slow cookers, but each cooking function also has a "switch to keep warm" feature that you'll really learn to appreciate.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:36 PM   #9
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One of my reasons for considering the all clad is the features mentioned by Caine. I have a crockpot that I have done well with except that I want it to be able to hold food on warm longer and not continue cooking. The second reason was just that I have mostly all clad pans and felt safe choosing that brand. Thought maybe it was superior in some way to justify the price. I don't know anyone that has one.
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:40 PM   #10
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Just about all slow cookers I know of have the keep warm function. I have almost never seen one without that.
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