What size would I need?
We are two adults plus a three-year-old child.
What is your favourite meal with the slow cooker?
Any suggestions for the beginner?
Any "please do not ever.." warnings?
Check out this mom's blog. She used her slow cooker every day in 2008!
I cook all kinds of things in our crockpot. My family's favorites are peanut butter oatmeal, crockpot "rotisserie" chicken and of course beans of all varieties.
Also check out this site for all kinds of inspiring and frugal crock pots recipes.
and walking a path illuminated by our 5/08 8/11 due in 1/14
Oh and she just had a new baby last week.
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
Personally I wish I had bought both of them with the snap on lids and built in timers. My 6 qt has the snap on lid hooks and it is GREAT for taking to potlucks and such.. I wish the smaller one had it. Also, my bigger one I can actually REMOVE the crockery to clean it, but my smaller one it is attached, so I have to sort of scrub it while rotating and let it air dry.. the removable one is much more practical for cleaning purposes. But then there was a big price difference between the two and I probably got them 10 years apart, also..
There was one that sears was selling that was ONE cooking element but came with three different sized crocks. I think that would be incredibly useful. (I just checked their website, but I didn't see it- I know they were in my local sears around Christmas, though)
here is basically what I saw, unfortunately I don't think it has a timer or snap on lid.. although if you don't need it for potlucks, maybe the transpo thing wouldn't be a worry for you... and you CAN buy a timer separately.. it plugs into the wall socket and then the crockpot plugs into the timer.. (I think? I can't find one here, so I am not certain).
good housekeeping provided this- http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/prod...d-slow-cookers which included an evaluation of customer help lines.. (I hadn't thought of that!)
I'll use the 6 quart when we are having guests or if I'm cooking a bigger ham or something like that.
The 4 quart has a timer on it and that is so useful. That way no matter how long I am gone during the day, the meal is not going to turn to mush.
The things we cook most often- pot roast, chili, whole chicken (just season the chicken and either use a rack that comes with your crock pot or ball up some foil so that the chicken is off the bottom of the crock pot slightly)- then we use the broth from the chicken to make chicken soup the next day, taco soup, chicken marinara (you take frozen chicken breasts and dump a jar of marinara over them, let them cook all day and then shred the chicken, return to crock pot, stir and serve over pasta).
The only thing I don't really like is pasta cooked in the slow cooker... it gets too mushy. I usually cook it separately and then add it to the meal.
Last week was way too busy and I actually used the crock pot every day. I had no time to cook and we would have ended up eating take out way too much. So nice to come home to a warm, healthy meal each night (plus leftovers for lunch the next day).
Double majoring Philosophy/History single student mommy to DD(4yo). I reading (mostly feminist philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir and Jane Addams are my intellectual heros. I'm a dork ), and .
You've got to get man off your eyeball, before you can see anything at all.- Shug Avery in "The Color Purple"