Decent Slow cooker brand
I'm looking for a slow cooker here in Canada. Any recommendations? would be meals enough for dinner breaky and maybe lunch. Primarily roasts with veggies and yam occasionally.
I see there are lots to pick from and some seem to not perform well when cooking on slow so especially potatoes and such. I'm looking to start when off to work or just before bed so 6 hourish cooking time would be ideal with it to switch to warming after that.
Any suggestions would be great.
Thanks in advance!
I think I have a 6 quart oval Crock-Pot brand slow cooker. It's got a low setting, a high setting, and lets you set the timer for up to 20 hours. Once it hits the specified time it goes to the "warm" setting. The insert is glazed white enamel. I've seen some pretty cool slow cookers that have a cast-iron insert, which means you can brown your roast on the stove in the insert without having to make a second pan dirty... but anything that's cast iron is pretty expensive.
I use mine every weekend for chicken broth. I start the chicken in a pot on the stove with all the veggies; after it's simmered for about an hour, I take the chicken out and carve the meat off. Then I put the contents of the pot into the slow cooker, add the chicken carcass, top off the water and put it on low for about 8 hours. Strain out all the meat and veggies and you've got great broth. Add the reserved chicken meat back in with some fresh veggies for a tasty chicken soup.
I've also done the pot roast from Mark's cookbook in there, turned out great.
I'm a big fan of batch cooking so I would definitely recommend a large cooker. Use it once a week and portion everything into little containers to nosh on until the following week.
I have the CrockPot my mom got as a wedding gift 37 years ago. It works awesomely and it is a beautiful shade of 1970's pea green. When it finally croaks, I'm going to get the kind with the insert you can pull out for easy cleaning, but it just refuses to die.
I know you can spend lots of money on a slow cooker, but I honestly haven't seen the point, and we use ours often. If someone has a fancy All Clad or other expensive one and thinks it's worth the money, I'd love to hear about it.
I use enamled cast iron(Le Creuset)and a gas range and stove. I have a crock pot stainless slow cooker I haven't pulled out of the cabinet since buying the good cast iron but that crockpot oval slow cooker has cooked many good meals and never gave me any trouble so I can recomend that with no reservations.
Both methods work great but It's getting cold now and I like the warmth that having something in the oven always proivides. I like to braise and slow cook in the same dish myself so the stove top to braise then when the stock is added I pop it in the oven and go to work.
i have 1 from a local chain which cost me £14.99 & has done me proud so far.
nothing fancy at all just a low & high setting.
I have a Rival® brand, which works just fine for me. I think it's a five-quart or so, which works for the single college guy. Five settings (two high -- 4 & 6 hours, two low -- 8 & 10 hours, and a "warm"), perfectly useable.
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It's a slow cooker. Whichever one is cheapest and doesn't look like it's going to catch fire.
As long as it gets warm and doesn't leak you're good.
The old crockpots are the best ones and worth looking for at yard/garage sales. So many of the newer ones burn or overcook the food.
Originally Posted by SweetPickles
I went looking to replace my old Rival since the lid died, and ended up at eBay of all places, where I found one just like mine like new ( go figure it is 20 plus yes old). It was all clean and mine had years of crap burnt on so I gutted mine and kept the good parts. I would have just bought one if there were any not made in China. So, try eBay. Also, the new ones get hotter and that can be a problem since the new low is quite hot. PM me if you want links to slow cooker info.
i have a newish rival - prob at least 10 yrs old. Works like a champ. Got it for what must have been a good price at Target. You don't need to spend a lot on a crockpot.