S.R. asks from Berkeley, CA on October 31, 2009
Reliable Crock Pot
I want to try a crock pot. I have heard that the programmable ones can be flaky.
Can you please let me know if you have a GOOD RELIABLE crock pot?
Also, I would appreciate good crock pot recipe books.
Thanks ahead of time!
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T.S. answers from San Francisco on November 02, 2009
I have 2 very old crock pots, and a newer one. The old p0ts which are truly 'crock' that you can set on low and leave on all night are the very best. mamat
S.B. answers from San Francisco on November 01, 2009
I have been married 27 years, and until 3 years ago never used a crock pot. I wish I would have gotten one sooner. There are so many to choose from. The one that I have, came with a pot and pan set that I bought at one of the home shows, however if you go to Bed Bath and Beyond they have many to choose from. Depending on what size you want. They also have a great cook book called Fix it and Forget it. You can also go online and compare different brands and prices. Good luck
D.E. answers from San Luis Obispo on November 01, 2009
I've had a RIVAL crockpot that I bought at Walmart a few years ago. It has one knob and three settings...low, high, and warm...oh, and "off" if you consider that a setting.
I found many good crockpot recipes online...here's one:
My family's favorite is when I throw a cheap pork roast in with some red wine (one cup for the pot, one cup for me!) and a package of onion soup mix.
Another one is chicken (whole or parts) with a mixture of apple juice (about two cups), soy sauce (about 1/4 cup or less), and dried chili pepper (like the kind you put on pizza). Mix it all together and pour over the chicken.
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E.S. answers from San Francisco on November 01, 2009
Tis the perfect season for crock pot adventures! I have two Rival crockpots, one small non-programmable and one large programmable.
It could be since I started with the non-programmable one (with low and high settings), but find the best way to cook is not bother too much with the programmed settings. I have had much more success using a separate timer (like the kind you use for Xmas lights). I find that shortening the cooking time is better done on the front end so it's always piping hot and ready to eat at dinner time.
Also, check out "A year of Slow Cooking" for lots of inspiration at http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/10/slow-cooker-fall-...
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K.P. answers from San Francisco on November 02, 2009
I have a Rival programmable crock pot that I love- it's really easy to use. You just set it for a certain number of hours, and when it's done it switches to warm. I haven't had any problems with it.
One easy and delicious recipe I use is:
1 bag of frozen corn on the bottom
2 frozen chicken breasts
1-2 cans black beans
1 big jar of salsa (hot or medium for good flavor)
cook all day on low (8-9 hours)
towards the end, shred the chicken- it should break up pretty easily
serve in bowls - top with avocado, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, chopped onion, etc.
One of our favorites!
E.M. answers from Bakersfield on November 02, 2009
I must say, I love my crockpot. I have a very basic one with three settings- off, low, and high....it's just your basic crock- "crock pot" brand, black with chrome.
I don't have a great book per se, but I did purchase one for a bride and she has raved about it. I am sorry I do not remember what it was called, but I got it at Target for $17. It was pretty thick.
Basically, if you can find something that sounds good, the crock will make it taste just as good. I like to do chile beans or soup and let it just cook either over night or on low all day. My mum used to do a roast with potatoes and carrots and herbs and spices and let it slow cook all day. Not only was dinner ready when every one got home, but the effort was small and the amount of dirty dishes/pots and pans, even smaller!
Hope this helps and good luck!
B.V. answers from Fresno on November 02, 2009
We use crock pots for cooking and have for years. I have never used anything but Rival crock pots and they have been great. I have 3 of different sizes and use them all. I got my first one more than 30 years ago and I am still using that one. I was given our most recent one about 3 years ago. It has 4 different cooking settings plus a "warm" setting. That is as much "programming" as any of mine have.
The cookbook I have used for years is Sunset's "Crockery Cookbook". I'm not even sure that it is still in print, but you can get it online through Amazon.com or go to Advanced Book Exchange at http://www.abebooks.com/. It is a whole network of used book stores all over the US and other countries.
S.G. answers from Stockton on November 05, 2009
I love my Rival programmable crock pot!
M.E. answers from San Francisco on November 01, 2009
I have 2 - both by Rival. They are basic "high or Low" selector switch. I've used them for years. I recently saw 2 crockpots (like mine) at a thrift store in Concord - ARF Thrift Store. If you're not sure it you'll use a crock pot this is a great item to get from a thrift store.
Regarding a crockpot cookbook. I've bought some new ones but my favorite is The Unwatched Pot by Paula Franklin. It's from about 1980 so you could get it from Amazon Marketplace for probably less than $5. There are no pictures but I like the size and the recipes are easy to read and understand. Good-luck!
A.P. answers from San Francisco on November 01, 2009
If you want to avoid the programable ones I suggest getting an outlet adapter that you can set. They are normally used for your lights when you go out of town (so that your house is not left blacked out). I plug my crock pot in set the timer accordingly and its done. They are much less expensive to replace than the crock pot so if it goes out no biggy. Good luck