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Old 09-22-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Slow Cook Settings

My Rival crockpot has 4 settings: 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours and 10 hours. The 4 and 6 hour settings are labeled High and the 8 and 10 hour settings are labeled Low. If my recipe says "cook on low for 4 hours," should I put it on the 4 hour setting or just put it on the 8 hour setting and give it 4 hours there?

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Old 09-22-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Is it just me, or do others also wish these appliances would do away with their low/med/hi settings?

If it was me, and I read that recipe, I would barely turn the knob above off and leave the dish cook for 4 hours. It sounds like the recipe wants low heat and a specific amount of time.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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Is it just me, or do others also wish these appliances would do away with their low/med/hi settings?

If it was me, and I read that recipe, I would barely turn the knob above off and leave the dish cook for 4 hours. It sounds like the recipe wants low heat and a specific amount of time.
I agree....
On a side note, Mrs Hoot niece wanted today to know how long to cook a $15.00 roast in the crock pot. I asked if that included tax.
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I agree....
On a side note, Mrs Hoot niece wanted today to know how long to cook a $15.00 roast in the crock pot. I asked if that included tax.

That's too funny. Everyone knows tax is cooked in the resting process.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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I finally just let it cook 4 hours on the 8 hour setting and that worked fine. I agree re: the canned settings. Slow cookers need to be able to set the time, the temp, and the desired keep warm in any combination.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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I finally just let it cook 4 hours on the 8 hour setting and that worked fine. I agree re: the canned settings. Slow cookers need to be able to set the time, the temp, and the desired keep warm in any combination.
I have the Hamilton Beach with the probe, and it allows you to cook to temperature on high or low.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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I have finally decided to get a slow cooker. Maybe I will eat more healthy foods if I don't have to stand over the stove. It is just too hard on my hips. So after reading the reviews on the Rival Crock Pot, I decided to go with this one. I have no idea what I am supposed to do with the little one or how to use it. But I will find out when it arrives.

This is the one I decided on. I finally decided against getting a bread maker. I don't even like bread. I just like to make it.

Amazon.com: Hamilton Beach 33258 Slow Cooker, 5-Quart: Crock Pot: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:30 AM   #8
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Is it just me, or do others also wish these appliances would do away with their low/med/hi settings?

If it was me, and I read that recipe, I would barely turn the knob above off and leave the dish cook for 4 hours. It sounds like the recipe wants low heat and a specific amount of time.
Actually, I like our old fashioned Rival that just has low and high - no ambiguity. No timer, nothing fancy, and I usually choose the setting by how much time I have if the recipe isn't clear.

To be honest, I don't use the Crock Pot as much as I did when I was working, because now I plan that type of meal for days when I have the time to do it in a Dutch oven, either on top of the stove or in the oven. I like the added control I get that way and I have both a standard size round one and a larger oval (don't remember the capacity of each), so I have that added flexibility too. My wife doesn't like the big one because it gets pretty heavy when we're doing something like braised short ribs for 6 or 8 people. Those are officially my days to cook.
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I have finally decided to get a slow cooker. Maybe I will eat more healthy foods if I don't have to stand over the stove. It is just too hard on my hips. So after reading the reviews on the Rival Crock Pot, I decided to go with this one. I have no idea what I am supposed to do with the little one or how to use it. But I will find out when it arrives.

This is the one I decided on. I finally decided against getting a bread maker. I don't even like bread. I just like to make it.

Amazon.com: Hamilton Beach 33258 Slow Cooker, 5-Quart: Crock Pot: Kitchen & Dining
Like the write up says, the little one is for warm cheese or artichoke dips and the like. I see them a lot at pot luck gatherings where someone brings a dish like tortilla chips with a nacho cheese dip.
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Like the write up says, the little one is for warm cheese or artichoke dips and the like. I see them a lot at pot luck gatherings where someone brings a dish like tortilla chips with a nacho cheese dip.
Thanks. I don't think I will be going to any party, so it may just gather dust.

When I read the reviews of the Rival Crock Pot, one of the reviewers stated that she read an article that stated a laboratory found that their crock pots are made from clay that has lead in it. She immediately tossed her crock pot out. I have the feeling it was made in China. But it was enough for me to pass on it. I know that there are several layers of glaze over the pots, but If you scratch the inside, can it be enough to allow some of the lead to leech out?
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