I have a small 4 quart slow cooker. I am looking for recommendations on a 6 quart or larger one... possibly with a locking lid to be able to travel easily for potluck dinners. Can anyone help me?
I haven't seen any major differences in the performance of the five slow cookers that I have. One is a Sylvania, one is a Rival and the others are Crock Pots. Find one that has a light indicating the settings, that has a Hold Worm setting, and most brands today do offer those with the locking lid. If price is a factor for you, I would suggest the middle price range. The high end items seem to have more elaborate "décor" than functions. Happy Shopping!
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My new crock pot that stirs has a locking lid. The lid locks pretty tight. It has two cords, one out of the stirring unit on the top and regular cord. They plug together. Have fun shopping.
If you're concerned about high heats see if you can find a brand that has the built in spoon rest. The slot for the spoon rest allows for venting and it doesn't cook as hot.
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I have Redmond 4502 multi-cooker, google it. It’s a perfect combination of slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, bread maker…. It has 5L bowl, and I would strongly recommend to get multi-cooker instead of slow cooker. Price is relatively same, but it has much more modes in compare with simple slow cooker.
I shared here few receipts as well. In particular, everything you can do with slow cooker, and you make in multi cooker and much more.
And, don't put the rubber bands on the cooker until after it has been turned off, and I would recommend putting a dish towel over the glass lid before putting the rubber bands over the glass lid to keep the bands from melting or loosing elasticity from the heat.
Nothing works like the vintage Rival Crock Pots that came on the scene in the '70's. Although most of the newer ones have a WARM feature that is nice, they are not really "slow cookers" anymore. I have a few of the vintage ones, in different sizes, and I wouldn't trade them for anything! One of them, I found at a nearby Goodwill store, and if it was used at all, it was gently used. Sometimes, that is a way of finding one of the original ones.
The current slow cookers have wonderful features, like built-in timers, thermometers, and shift-to-warm features. The problem is, they cook the food so quickly, it's hardly worth using them for all-day cooking on a work night.
One tip I would like to share is one that I used even in the 70's when I was gone ALL day and the cooking time didn't jive with the amount of time I was gone. I used a simple lamp/appliance timer. I refrigerated the contents of my slow cooker meal overnight, then set the timer to begin cooking at a set time (no longer than 2 hours later). I also set it to turn off if I needed to end the cooking time before I got home. The contents usually stay warm for up to an hour. That was one of the best little gadgets ever for slow cooker timing. Even now, IMO, it beats the built-in digital timers they come with now, because it makes one more thing that can go wrong with them in the long-run, and they are expensive.
In all honesty, my advice would be to find one in the size that is most suitable, but one that is as bare-bones as you can find. Use my lamp timer idea if you're away all day while using the slow cooker, and you will be a happy camper.
I use my mom's 5 qt one a lot. A few years ago though, I got a 7 qt for $10 and it cooks my foods fast. Both are Rival. The newer one is black with a black insert. The other is white/cream with a cream inside and blue outside insert. The white one does not cook nearly as fast as the black one. I have put various foods on low in the larger one and have had it cooked and done in LESS time than the recipe says. I have had some food actually burn in it.
I have seen one of the new pressure cookers/crockpots/ all in ones and I really want one of those!!
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