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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by DevilsBrew, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. DevilsBrew

    DevilsBrew Minister of Fire

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    With Fall approaching, I am in the market for a new crock pot. This time around I want to go programmable. Any brand recommendations?

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    Reminds me of a family get together a few years back. There was a huge argument on the difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot.;lol
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  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Subscribing. I want a programmable one as well. And make it oval, not round, please.
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    They probably make them with WiFi now. >>
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  7. DevilsBrew

    DevilsBrew Minister of Fire

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    WiFi? I am trying to figure out kWhs. He he.
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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to being slow cooker crazy this year. There are so many options out there and I don't want to get stuck with a dud.
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    I'm glad Mrs. Straw doesn't think like you;lol
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    There is an app for that...
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    I like BB's idea of using the crock pot outside in the summer.;)
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    If I was going to get one I'd make sure it had a really good temp control with a digital readout. I've been experimenting with sous vide (slow cooking in a water bath) using my beer brewing kettle, but its a little large for smaller meals. It would be cool to use it on the kitchen table.
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    One important feature for some folks is delayed start. Check for this if it's important to you.
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    I am somewhat at a loss as to the use of programmable start. I just envision tepid food sitting for hours before the heat kicks in.

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  15. Jags

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    Refrigerate the whole pot first (overnight). That sucker will stay cold for hours till the crock turns on and starts to heat. I often get the crock pot setup at night. Stick it in the fridge and in the morning crank it on before I head out the door (crock only in the fridge, not the heating elements).
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    I have done somewhat the same. I feel like an old man saying that- even with a premium brand- I feel a bit uneasy leaving with the heating element on all day.
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    Jags- I completely dismissed the idea of the built- in insulation. How does it know when to keep the cold stuff cold, and the hot stuff hot? (old joke, I know)
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    How do it know, how do it know?
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    Yet builds a fire in a steel box with a chimney running through the ceiling and roof lines (in a wooden house)....;lol;lol
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    You colledj boys may be comfortable with all that 'tricity everywhere, but no sir- I don't a trust it one bit.

    Cept'n my computer
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    Look OUT! That cell phone (battery) in your front jeans pocket is about to bite something important.:cool:
  22. ScotO

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    ahhh, HAM AND BEANS, BABY!! (made on the firepit in the big kettle, of course.....just reheated later in the fall in the crockpot!);)
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  23. ScotO

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    plug it into a GFI circuit, and you shouldn't have any worries....
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    And I thought this thread was going to be about something else..... ;)

    So, since I'm here, I might as well chime in. My crockpot kicked 2 falls ago. I used it almost everday from labor day until Easter for everything from chili to apple cobbler and everything in between. When it died, I did the same thing, looked at all of the options, sizes, feature, etc and finally decided on none of them.

    My hubby bought me an oval Le Creuset 9 1/2 qt oval french oven and that's all I use. Thank god I was with him when he bought it or he would have bought the 15 1/2 qt goose pot that weight 25 lbs BEFORE you put anything in it! (Bigger is not better always). I've since bought a few other pieces -we have an outlet store nearby so I don't have to remortgage the house for each piece. I have a ceramic top stove, no issues there either.

    I have no regrets, don't miss my crockpot and have a nice collection now of enameled cast iron with tons of uses!
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    Le Creuset. Sweet.

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