Hi everyone. I currently have the following slow cooker:
Amazon.com: Rival 38601-W white 6 qt smart-pot slow cooker: Kitchen & Housewares
I bought this about two years ago. I was really excited about getting it because of the “programmability” feature. When I went to used it I found out I really hated this cooker. OK the programmability feature is actually horrible. The cooker can either cook 8 or 10 hours on low or 4 or 6 hours on high. The cooker will then switch to warm which is great and all but this dang cooker will not let you manually switch to warm. So if you want to warm something up that you cooked from the night before. Forget it. Poor implementation if you ask me. Then there is the temperature problem. This thing will boil (yes even when you properly fill the cooker over ¾ full) even at a low setting. This is just absurd. A slow cooker should never boil at any temperature setting especially low. Today I was cooking French dip sandwiches for Christmas eve and it was boiling pretty good at low settings eventhough the pot was over ¾ the way full. I decided it was time to trash this cooker. I was just curious so I put in a temperature prob in this unit to see how hot it got at low today. It got to 215 on low!! Way to hot for low. So I set out to go to walmart to get a new one “merry Christmas to me :)”
What was I looking for. I wanted a descent size cooker. First and foremost I wanted a cooker that didn’t get to hot. I also wanted something that I could take the crock out of the refrigerator and warm it back up on a warm settings. I steered clear of rival brand because of the “boil at low” frustration with my last cooker. I looked at three units at Walmart: Hamilton Beach, GE, & West Bend. I ended up going with the following unit:
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6-Qt Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel - Wal-Mart
It was impossible for me to know how the temperature was of each unit of course. I am just hoping all of them really “Slow cook”. Hamilton lured me with a few of the features: a lid that you could clamp shut for traveling and the handles. Very nice for pot lucks. Also a nice little spoon holder on the top of the lid which is a nice touch.
Does anyone have the slow cooker I bought today? How do you like it? How is the temperature? Did I make the right choice. I sure hope I did.