I have read through the forum here and found quite a bit of useful information. I have one question that doesn't seem to be discussed here directly. I have seen some suggestions for cooking smaller recipes in a large pot either by using oven safe glass/ceramic/corningware inside the cooker to create a smaller pot or using a piece of tin foil placed just above the level of the food to focus the steam there. I was wondering if anyone here has tried these methods? Also, what is typically the minimum size needed to cook an average whole chicken?
The reason I'm asking.. I am about to purchase a slow cooker and can't afford to buy more than one. I mostly cook just for me. I occasionally want to cook a whole chicken or a larger roast and freeze it. The pots that will cook an appropriate amount of soup/beans/chili/whatever are much too small to cook a whole chicken and I'd really like to have the probe feature on the hamilton beach. Unfortunately, the hamilton beach is 6 quarts. Even freezing the leftover soup it would take me months to eat that much!
I did look at the 3 in 1 that comes with three sizes of pot and fits into one base. It doesn't have the the auto switch to warm at end of cooking time or the auto off safety features that I consider essential. Besides, I would really prefer something programmable.
Maybe I'm just asking too much of a kitchen appliance
Any advice would be appreciated