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    I'm going to buy a crock pot and as I've never bought one before, is there anything I should particularly look for?

    Also is a cheaper one just as good as a more expensive one?

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    I love cooking with a crockpot. It's so easy.

    If you are like me you are going to look for the largest size you can find (I love to cook whole chickens and large roasts).

    I've found that the cheaper ones work well , but some of the plastic parts tend to break off after about a year..which then makes them pretty useless. So I look for ones with metal hinges (or better yet a lift off top with no hinges) and handles. I also recommend ones that will go to "keep warm" when the meal is done. I've had some times in the past where I've been a few hours late getting home and my meal was over cooked (not that I didn't eat it anyway, but it wasn't as good).
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    The more expensive ones have timers and stuff to change the heat levels while you are gone. I find that my simple one works very well- there are three heat settings and that's it. Crockpots are made to be left alone for hours on end, and most things will be fine. Don't ever cook chicken on high or for more than six hours, though.

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    Size - you want to make certain it's large enough to fit the standard size roast you will want to cook or a whole chicken. I'd recommend a 5 quart.

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    I use an inexpensive Rival crockpot--must be ten years old at least, and attach a timer if I want to time cook. They all operate the same, so size is more important than brand. I agree a 4-5 qt pot will hold a whole chicken or a sizable(4-6lb) roast. I think all of them now have the removable crock, which is important for cleaning.

    Oh, do get a lid that just lifts off with no hinges; makes easier to clean and store.
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    Thanks for your responses, I do appreciate them This forum rocks

    I will look for a 5 quart one and one with metal hinges.

    Now I just have to find some good recipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie1girl View Post
    Thanks for your responses, I do appreciate them This forum rocks

    I will look for a 5 quart one and one with metal hinges.

    Now I just have to find some good recipes.
    Search this site or google and you will get tons of recipes.
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    Try this site for inspiration : A Year of Slow Cooking

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    Removable crock. Maybe they all come that way now, I don't know, but I know my first crock pot was one piece and it was a PITA to clean. I was glad when I dropped and broke it so I could buy a new one. Otherwise, they all work pretty much the same. You'll just pay more for electronic controls and timers and stuff, but for slow cooking, I don't think that's so important.

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    I used a 5qt crock for years, but feeding a family of 5, I switched to an 8qt this year and I'll never go back. It's perfect.

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