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Old 01-02-2009, 09:47 PM   #11
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I got mine at ALDI. It is oval and the pot is removable so it is easy to clean and also fits well in the fridge. Nice stainless steel with black ceramic pot and glass lid, and its 5qt. size is perfect for us. Also has the auto setting to heat the food up to temp quick, maintain for 45 minutes, then drops it down to slow cook.
A third of the cost of the brand names just like it, and it has worked flawlessly for the last three years. I also like the fact that it does not get overly hot and cook the food too fast.
I have been watching the Goodwill and ALDI for the tall round version as well for soups stews and sauces, etc. It would be nice to have as well.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:14 PM   #12
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I just recommend staying away from the RIVAL brand, which has a notorious history of running way too hot. I love my Hamilton Beach that I got to replace my Rival that replaced my 30 year old crockpot that I accidentally dropped.

I would really like to get the HB 3-in-1 unit, which has rave reviews, but that won't happen unless I "accidentally" drop my present one.
I've posted this before but will do it again. I have 4 crock pots, 2 6qt. and 2 4qt. All of them are Rival pots. One of my 6 qt pots is about 8 years old. When I bought my daughter a crock pot for Christmas 3 years ago, she complained that everything was overcooked. She sent it back to Rival and got a new one. Same thing.
I bought a new 4 qt. pot and got the same overcooked food. My old Rival cooks beautifully. Sooooo I called Rival and talked to their customer service people. Seems that so many people were having health problems because they were putting cold or partially frozen food in their pots and it took a long time to come to temperature. The food was at an unsafe temperature for too long so Rival upped their temps in the crockpots. Now they cook at a higher temp and faster. If you keep cooking for 6 or 8 hours you wind up with very overcooked food. But isn't slow cooking the point of the crock pot??? I keep everything on low and for only a max of 4 hours. No need to cook food any longer in the new pots.

Frankly I like Rival, I use my crock pots to death and never had a problem, til they decided to up the temperature. And I like my old pot much better. I can leave food cooking in that pot for 6 hours with no problems. Everything comes out perfect and no worries about over cooking.

I wish they would have left well enough alone.
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:47 PM   #13
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When you look for a slow cooker, look for it heats on the sides not the bottom, removable insert, decide what you are going to use it for, you need to fill it 1/2 to 3/4 full, so if you are cooking for 2 a 6 - 8 qt pot does you not good. There are several cook books on slow cooking, they will give you all of the information you need. I had to replace my Rival Crock pot, it was 30 years old, and I am now experiencing over heating problems, you might want to conceder Rival's completion. good luck on your search.have
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:56 AM   #14
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I love my crockpot. It is a ceramic oval (good for roasts and hams, etc) that is removable from the base. Have the insert be removable is important for washing afterwards. The size you get depends on how big of meals you will be making. Mine is a 6 qt. and it seems to be more than adequate. Attached is a picture of the one that I have which is made by Rival.

I have this one as well, except in white. It does run hot as others are saying, but I just pay attention and it doesn't over cook anything. My only beef with it is that now it isn't working so well and it's only 5 years old. Occasionally it shuts itself off half way through cooking so I have to keep an eye on it.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:58 AM   #15
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Sounds like it is overheating actually. Does it have a fuse built in? If so you might want to replace it, and make sure the coils are clean as well as the outside of the ceramic pot so they have a good connection for heat transfer but no foreign matter to hold heat in thus causing an overheat.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:31 PM   #16
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The coils are clean, but I'm not sure about the fuse. I'll have to pull it out and take a look at it. I always wipe it down real well once I'm done with it. I also wonder if my kitchen outlet has anything to do with it. I had both a blender and a spice grinder stop working after using that same outlet. The house is old and the wiring has been giving us some problems.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:46 PM   #17
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If you have appliances that stop working while using that outlet and its not a blown household fuse, then you have a problem with that outlet of a possible loose connection (heat expanding wire breaks connection) and possible fire hazard. You should check that out right away and if necessary replace the receptacle.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:24 PM   #18
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You know, you're probably right. I started thinking about it and realized that when the crock pot shuts off half way through the food is usually not very hot. I am kicking myself for not checking the temperature, but I've always waited to do that towards the end of cooking.

Unfortunately I have complained to the management company (it's a rental) about the electrical problems several times and they haven't done anything. I'll have to see if DH can look at it if he ever gets a free moment. Fortunately he has a little electrical experience.
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:50 PM   #19
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I have old old ancient wiring here and swapped all my outlets for those with a built in fuse. Very nice to have as they give you an added measure of security, but I have noticed even they need to be replaced over time as well.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:22 PM   #20
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The coils are clean, but I'm not sure about the fuse. I'll have to pull it out and take a look at it. I always wipe it down real well once I'm done with it. I also wonder if my kitchen outlet has anything to do with it. I had both a blender and a spice grinder stop working after using that same outlet. The house is old and the wiring has been giving us some problems.
Have you tried using another outlet? If it shuts off when you use another outlet, then it's probably the slow cooker, not th outlet. Is there a setting on your cooker that will autmatically shut it off sometime during the cooking? I would suggest reading the manual and see if there is a reason this is happening.
My dishwasher stopped drying dishes a few days ago. I was ready to call the plumber on Monday to come fix it or consider buying a new one when I realized that in cleaning the front of the dishwasher, I turned off the Heat Dry setting.
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