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    Slow Cookers

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    This may be a dumb thread but I am looking for some advice. I clearly want to expand the cooking options. Anyone have any advice:

    Any other brands as good as crock-pot?
    Is the temperature gauge necessary?
    How important is the size?
    Where is the best place to purchase? (Costco, amazon, etc.)

    Any and all help…

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    I've been wanting to get one myself so thanks for making the thread for me need one for making stock/broth.
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    I can't speak to most of that, but I can offer these two opinions for whatever they are worth:

    1) Ideal size is a product of the temperature range you want to maintain and the amount of food you will be holding in the cooker. It's fairly important. A small cooker full to the brim will take longer to reach temperature and may not be able to hold the target max temperature (which may not be a bad thing). On the other hand, a large cooker with very little food will tend to overshoot the target temperature and burn/overcook food. It's sensitive enough that I know people with two different sizes, which they switch between depending on how much they are cooking.

    2) Electric pressure cookers pwn slow cookers. They can slow cook, they can keep food warm for hours or days, they can steam vegetables, but they can also do everything a slow cooker does and do it in half the time if you use the pressure functionality. They can make stock, slow-cook meat, and boil eggs in a few minutes too. Around here Costco has been selling them off and on for the past 2-3 years and they rock. I think I paid $70, which is on the high side for a slow cooker but totally worth the extra money for what you get. I have one, my parents now have one (due to my blabbering about them), all the cool kids have them and you should too. OK, no, but seriously, I've owned a slow cooker or two, I've owned an electric PC, and there is just no contest - the electric PC is significantly better in every way but one (it's slightly harder to clean).

    Just my $37.50 (inflation, sorry), YMMV.
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    hey, I have a ceramic one inside a aluminum heater. Not sure if those are accurate but you get the picture. The problem is the inner part isnt made to go on a stove top. When you want to cook delicious stews etc you want to caramelise the meat first. It is a shame to do it in a fry pan and then transfer the meat to the slow cooker....all those lovely flavours left in the fry pan. My tip is to try get one where you can do initial high heat frying in inner bit on stove and then move it to slow cooker.

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    We got a GE digital one with a retractable power cord and like it. Took forever for the new crock pot smell to wear off when we used it though (it's still there, but not as bad after about 10 uses)
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    I have a cheapo K-Mart one and it works just fine for most things. I'd suggest starting small and cheap and working up to the fancy schmancy ones if you end up using it a lot.

    Make sure you get one where the inner crock comes out of the heating outer part. I have one where the innards aren't separate and so it's hard to clean so never gets used!

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    bumping this thread 'cause I'm curious too...

    I was looking at an instant pot... but it's about $100 more than a crockpot of similar size....

    I have a 2.5q rival slow cooker, and I have to halve almost any recipe I make, which kind of sucks... and it doesn't have a removable inner pot, so cleanup is always... "fun"
    looking to upgrade, and I have amazon gift cards!

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    You'll have to google it, but there was some report about crock pots / slow cookers coming out of China (of course) glazed with some nasty chemicals. That were leaching out during the cooking process. There were a few specific brands to avoid.

    I wish I could give you more info, but I cant remember specifics now.
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    The skinny on lead in crock pots – It may surprise you! » Terminal Verbosity

    Just googled this. Dont know whatthe 'results' of her test means for those of us with different brands, but quite worrying... theres loads on internet about it if you google it.

    I dont know this company and have never used any of their products, but if I could get one here (I cant) I would try one of these:

    VitaClay® Chef Rice Cookers and Slow Cookers - In the Media
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimalMama View Post
    I was looking at an instant pot... but it's about $100 more than a crockpot of similar size....

    and it doesn't have a removable inner pot, so cleanup is always... "fun"
    looking to upgrade, and I have amazon gift cards!
    When I upgraded I did get the Instant Pot & I really do like it. One main feature that I love is the stainless steel cooking pot is removable & easy to clean. The lid seals so well because it is also a pressure cooker that whatever I slow cook never dries out. My old crock pot has a flimsy plastic lid that allowed moisture to escape (even on low). I used my Amazon points to justify the additional cost. I have not used the pressure cooker feature yet but I do like having the option. Hope this helps.

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