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Old 12-03-2014, 06:16 PM   #21
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Zagut, my Nesco must be REALLY old, it goes down to 150.
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Well Kayelee it is more expensive then a Crock Pot but not by much.

Crock Pots are dirt cheap but I'm thinking a more adjustable temperature control is well worth it. Low, Hi, and maybe Warm don't cut it.

I like my Crock Pots and have had much success with beans and chilies. I've even has success with more elaborate recipes as long as I'm around to keep an eye on them and watch cooking times.

But todays Crock Pots really seem to cook at too high a temp for the toss it in in the morning and have it still acceptable to eat at dinner time that I'd like to find and remember from days gone by.

Overcooked whatever is what I get if I attempt it these days with my newer crock pots.

The Nesco looks good but it only goes down to 200f. I'd like to find something lower if it's out there. Also 6qts is big for those of us cooking for one and sometimes smaller is better. But I know how to freeze leftovers so it might be the way to go for me.

Guess it's time for me to see what Google can do.

And folks, So what if a thread is old? This one has been timely and informative for me.

I'm old too and hopefully that won't relegate me to the scrap heap.
Cooking food is old too so I guess not cooking food is the way to go.
But I'll bet ya folks didn't cook food before they cooked it.
I'm so confused.
I have a Hamilton Beach that I really like, it doesn't boil just simmers around the edge. I also have a Ninja cooker that has a metal insert and the ability to brown inside the cooker and then switch it to slow cook, this also seems to do well at slow cooking.

The ones I linked before also seem like a good option since they have adjustable temperature, not just low, high and warm
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Dawgluver, Mr./Ms. Google so far says the Nesco 6qt. goes down to 175f and the 5qt. goes down to 200f. That's looking better then the Hi, Low Warm on the Crock Pots I have but haven't really tested yet. 175f is more along the lines I'd like attempt cooking at for the "Set it Forget it" cooking that would be nice.

Bakechef, I'll look into the Hamilton Beach line. Thanks.

I realize that tossing it into the pot at 6:30am and getting home at 7:00pm and wanting to eat at 8-8:30pm will never produce gourmet meals but I'd like to believe there is a way to get an acceptable meal that didn't include overcooked meats.

Well experimentation is the fun and soul of cooking and Mr./ Ms. Google so far has lead me here.

How to hack a Crockpot!

I don't recommend this for everyone but being cheap and seeing I have the parts needed on hand I'm going to give it a shot.
Wish me and my thermometer luck.

And as I experiment I'll also keep looking to see what Mr./Ms. Google has to offer.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:50 PM   #24
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Dawgluver, Mr./Ms. Google so far says the Nesco 6qt. goes down to 175f and the 5qt. goes down to 200f. That's looking better then the Hi, Low Warm on the Crock Pots I have but haven't really tested yet. 175f is more along the lines I'd like attempt cooking at for the "Set it Forget it" cooking that would be nice.

Bakechef, I'll look into the Hamilton Beach line. Thanks.

I realize that tossing it into the pot at 6:30am and getting home at 7:00pm and wanting to eat at 8-8:30pm will never produce gourmet meals but I'd like to believe there is a way to get an acceptable meal that didn't include overcooked meats.

Well experimentation is the fun and soul of cooking and Mr./ Ms. Google so far has lead me here.

How to hack a Crockpot!

I don't recommend this for everyone but being cheap and seeing I have the parts needed on hand I'm going to give it a shot.
Wish me and my thermometer luck.

And as I experiment I'll also keep looking to see what Mr./Ms. Google has to offer.
I also use a lamp timer for my slow cooker when I'm using the more basic one without the timer.
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I also use a lamp timer for my slow cooker when I'm using the more basic one without the timer.
I've thought of doing that but never got around to doing it.

The hack with the dimmer switch just sounds like fun.
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I've thought of doing that but never got around to doing it.

The hack with the dimmer switch just sounds like fun.
Yes it does, heck I may even give it a try sometime
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Well Kayelee it is more expensive then a Crock Pot but not by much.

Crock Pots are dirt cheap but I'm thinking a more adjustable temperature control is well worth it. Low, Hi, and maybe Warm don't cut it.

I like my Crock Pots and have had much success with beans and chilies. I've even has success with more elaborate recipes as long as I'm around to keep an eye on them and watch cooking times.

But todays Crock Pots really seem to cook at too high a temp for the toss it in in the morning and have it still acceptable to eat at dinner time that I'd like to find and remember from days gone by.

Overcooked whatever is what I get if I attempt it these days with my newer crock pots.

The Nesco looks good but it only goes down to 200f. I'd like to find something lower if it's out there. Also 6qts is big for those of us cooking for one and sometimes smaller is better. But I know how to freeze leftovers so it might be the way to go for me.

Guess it's time for me to see what Google can do.

And folks, So what if a thread is old? This one has been timely and informative for me.

I'm old too and hopefully that won't relegate me to the scrap heap.
Cooking food is old too so I guess not cooking food is the way to go.
But I'll bet ya folks didn't cook food before they cooked it.
I'm so confused.
Zagut, I also live alone and just cook for one (most of the time, anyway) and the 6 qt. model isn't really all that big. I wondered about the size before I got it, and am glad I went ahead with it. It's nice to have something not too huge for a couple of meals for just one, but big enough to make planned leftovers and freeze some.

Mine also goes down to 175. I so agree with you about the newer slow cookers - they seem to only have high, and slightly less than high.

Also, just have to say I love your posts.
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:32 PM   #28
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Mine is quite elderly and scratched up a bit (as I just noticed), but it goes down to 150. I think the Millenium has been discontinued, though you might be able to find one on Ebay.
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Wow Dawg, that really is a vintage. It's probably made better and will outlast any of the newer ones, though! Mine is about 6 years old and looks pretty much like the ones on the website.

My mother-in-law had a HUGE Nesco. She used to roast a good sized turkey in it for Thanksgiving, and saved the oven for all the sides. It always came out browned and crispy.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:12 PM   #30
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Mine is quite elderly and scratched up a bit (as I just noticed), but it goes down to 150. I think the Millenium has been discontinued, though you might be able to find one on Ebay.
Dawg, since it's called the Millenium, I'd guess you got it around 2000. Mine goes down to 150 degrees also and I remember getting mine when my first grand was a baby so that would be 20 years ago. It's not as pretty as it once was, but neither am I. We're both going strong though.
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