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post #21 of 51
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Originally Posted by avendesora View Post
I have a Rival, darnit.

Other Rival owners - are you planning on giving yours away, or are you going to keep using it anyway?

So far, I'll keep using it anyway. I'll keep my eye out at my local thrift store though for a new one.

I'm a little nervous because I primarily do tomato-based stews, and the acid from the tomato might leach the lead out.

Aven
I stopped using mine and am looking for another (which is annoying since I'm trying to come as close as I comfortably can to compacting!) Now I'm nervous about older models, regardless of the brand. And I'm very much regretting all the use my rival did get!

Jude

Jude
post #22 of 51
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Originally Posted by davmon View Post
but if I remember right, when I was researching crockpots, the Hamilton Beach one's had non-stick (I assume teflon or something equally unappetizing) inserts. So which is worse - the chemicals used to make the liners non-stick or the lead??

WHY CAN'T WE BUY SAFE STUFF FOR OUR FAMILIES???!!!

Mona
I'm trying to find a new slow cooker (the PLASTIC lid on my Rival broke today....yay! ) and in my research it is West Bend that has the nonstick interiors, not Hamilton Beach.

ETA: I think I found the one I'm going to buy. It only has 1 Amazon review so if I do get it I'll be sure to let you all know how I like it.
http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/cgi-bin...0/prrfnbr/1014 and the Amazon linkadoo
post #23 of 51
Wow, this thread has got me sick to my stomach. I'm so sad right now. I have a Rival, and I love it. Well, I used to love it...


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Originally Posted by cloudswinger View Post
They sell lead testers. Just buy one and see if your crockpot has and detectible amounts.
Where do you get lead testers? I've been wondering about this, because I received some pots and pans on FC that are "old" (not really sure how old), and I want to test them too.
post #24 of 51
I heard you can get lead testers at hardware stores, but I havn't looked yet.
post #25 of 51
OH COME ON!!!!!!!! I have three Rival crockpots. A large that came with a mini, given to me by DH, and a middle sized one given to me by my MIL (read as, none of the above researched by me). We don't have a stove or an oven in our new house yet, so I cook almost exclusively with them. In fact, I was only here to look up the crockpot recipe I was planning on using for dinner. So basically my babies, who already have major toxicity issues, have been eating meals everyday that may or may not be slowly poisoning them with lead. Fan-freakin-tastic. What the hell is wrong with the world??? Why is there nothing left anywhere that is safe???? Seriously, I'm in tears here. I have about 6 million things that our family *needs* to buy including things like car seats and clothes. And now I have to shell out more money for something that I already thought was taken care of? I'm not a happy mama right now.
post #26 of 51
I'm sorry Autumn Melody It totally sucks doesn't it! I am afraid to use my crock pot anymore. My stove caught on fire a while back and I know how hard it is to live without one. As for your carseats, I got an ad in the mail from Big Lots today and they have some, if there is a Big Lots near you. They are still expensive, but maybe cheaper then they'd be somewhere else.
post #27 of 51
Thread Starter 
I bought the Hamilton Beach Stay/Go, nothing non-stick about it. I love how the lid clamps down! (And, look at all of the customer reviews!)
post #28 of 51
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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
I bought the Hamilton Beach Stay/Go, nothing non-stick about it. I love how the lid clamps down! (And, look at all of the customer reviews!)
Cool. It's 6 quarts? The specs don't say what capacity, but one of the reviews I read said 6 quarts.
post #29 of 51
what about the Morphy Richards? i live in spain and they dont exist here so i´m looking to buy one (help provided by a great momma here!!) but they only have rivals and Morphy Richards in amazon.uk. do you know about this one?
post #30 of 51
well, i wrote to the company and the wrote back. apparently, there is no use of lead. did i understand it right? here is their answer:

Dear Carla

Thank you for your enquiry

I am advised that there is no lead used in the production of the 48710 slow cooker.

I hope this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

Linda Tate
Administration Manager
post #31 of 51
she wrote again...
Dear Carla

I have enquired further about this matter and I am advised that there will be small traces of lead in the ceramic pot and lid, these would be one part to a million. The appliances do meet the Restriction of Acidous Substances European Directive 2002/95/EEC.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Regards

Linda Tate
Administration Manager

what does this mean?????????????????????????
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by paakbaak View Post
she wrote again...
Dear Carla

I have enquired further about this matter and I am advised that there will be small traces of lead in the ceramic pot and lid, these would be one part to a million. The appliances do meet the Restriction of Acidous Substances European Directive 2002/95/EEC.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Regards

Linda Tate
Administration Manager

what does this mean?????????????????????????

Sounds like it means that there's some lead, but it's lower than the amount legally allowed in a food-related substance. You have to decide for yourself if that's OK with you

I bought a Hamilton Beach at Target this weekend, even though I have a sneaking suspicion that a PP might be right when she asked if a company could make the claim that its products are "lead-free" as long as the levels are below the legal limit. I figure I'm erring on the side of caution, and I'm justifying it to myself in that I had a gift card that covered all but the tax, and I wanted a bigger one anyway. Like the OP, I had a Farberware and am not pleased about their response to her query :

This is all so :
post #33 of 51
i suppose they all have teflon for non-stick right?
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by oneKnight View Post
Rival crock pots are made in China - says so on the shipping box.

If the stuff turns into "glass" though, at such high temps....I wonder if it can get out? Glass doesn't leach anything. And the crock pot isn't gonna reach 1200º...
That's what I'm wondering as well.
post #35 of 51
Bumping this up to add my contact with Kitchen Aid.

I used the contact form on their website and asked,
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I am interested in purchasing a KSC700SS 7-Qt. Slow Cooker . Can you tell me if the ceramic cooking pot is manufactured with lead or cadmium?
They replied,
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Our Slow Cooker Crock is Ceramic with food-grade black-glaze paint coating.
So, I guess that is a "no, I can't tell you". I found a lot of complaints about the KitchenAid crock cracking anyway. I ended up buying the Hamilton Beach 6qt programmable. We really love the temperature probe, spoon rest, and lid rest. I have a large family, so I really wanted that extra quart in the KA but not if it contains lead. Two HB slow cookers cost less than one KA anyway.

Thanks so much for the research done in this and other slow cooker threads.
post #36 of 51
Because hardly anything is made in the USA anymore and the FDA and every other government watchdog agency is understaffed.
Kathy
post #37 of 51
I have a cast iron dutch oven that I can start on the stovetop and also move into the oven for slow-cooker recipes. Maybe that is an option for those who can't find an acceptable electric plug-in model? Doesn't really help the mama with no stove, though. Sorry.
post #38 of 51
I'm dense.
what's the consensus then?
is hamilton beach ok or no?
vita clay is cool, but made in china....
and most dutch ovens that i've found are made in china or thailand....

what gives?
post #39 of 51
There are ovens that can be used as slow cookers. I have one, it is a Kenmore. I have never used it that way, but it is a possible alternative, albeit an expensive one.

Beth
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by MiaMama View Post
I have a cast iron dutch oven that I can start on the stovetop and also move into the oven for slow-cooker recipes. Maybe that is an option for those who can't find an acceptable electric plug-in model? Doesn't really help the mama with no stove, though. Sorry.
Well, the main reason I use a slow cooker is to avoid using my oven because it heats up the house in summer. I believe a full-size electric oven uses a lot more energy than a slow cooker.
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