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Old 11-17-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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ISO feedback using slow cookers

So my wife just bought a slow cooker, I never used one, all though there are many recipe's on youtube. The one thing that kind of bothers me is the time to cook with them, 4,6,8 hours, to me that's a lot of electricity $$$, anyone have any thoughts using them?

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Old 11-17-2014, 06:14 PM   #2
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Two thoughts:

You use a slow cooker so you can prepare a meal with long periods of inattention. So, to a certain extent, electricity is the cost of doing business.

The electricity is not on 100% of the time. It comes on and turns off as needed to maintain a certain temperature.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:56 PM   #3
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I love my slow cookers. Make everything from chicken stock (from rotisserie carcasses) to apple butter.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #4
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One of the best characteristics of a slow cooker is that it doesn't heat up the kitchen.

For nearly 20 years I lived in a non-air-conditioned home here and the warm months are much more than warm. Our slow cookers were instrumental in allowing me to prepare very nice meals without sweating ourselves to death.

Another thing I like is that, especially when cooking for a crowd, dishes like mashed potatoes, dressings (as in turkey), etc. can be cooked in the slow cooker and kept warm for serving, allowing the oven/stove to be freed up for other cooking tasks.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:38 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone, looks like i'll be trying the cooker real soon.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:43 AM   #6
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For me anyways, I feel like the flavors
get muted in a slow cooker.
Maybe I haven't given enough recipes are a fair shake,
but they seem a little flat and one noted; maybe they
just sit there for too long in the crock pot.
I must say though, I have never done a whole
chicken nor stocks, just chilis and stews.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:09 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone, looks like i'll be trying the cooker real soon.
I use my slow cooker at LEAST once a week in the summer and up to everyday in the Winter. If you have some bad recipes, don't give up, I once bought a little impulse cookbook at the checkout line for slow cookers and didn't like ANY of them. But I have also found many, many excellent ones.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:32 AM   #8
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For me anyways, I feel like the flavors
get muted in a slow cooker.
Maybe I haven't given enough recipes are a fair shake,
but they seem a little flat and one noted; maybe they
just sit there for too long in the crock pot.
I must say though, I have never done a whole
chicken nor stocks, just chilis and stews.

I tried to like my slow cooker, but I agree that the food tastes flat and funny when cooked in one compared to in a dutch oven.

I only use mine to hold food at a safe temp.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:41 AM   #9
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SO brought two slow cooker to the relationship. They sit in the basement waiting to serve as food warmers when we have a holiday open house or her sister wants to borrow them for one.
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I tried to like my slow cooker, but I agree that the food tastes flat and funny when cooked in one compared to in a dutch oven.

I only use mine to hold food at a safe temp.
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SO brought two slow cooker to the relationship. They sit in the basement waiting to serve as food warmers when we have a holiday open house or her sister wants to borrow them for one.
I'm in this camp. Like Jenny, I have tried - with various cookers over the years. They all end up in the donation box. I still have one, and I only use it to keep food warm on a buffet.
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