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Hello fellow TF families,
We are expecting our second child any time and have been considering adding a slow cooker to our kitchen eqipment. I've never used one and am not sure if it even makes sense to get one if I am home most of the time anyway. Thoughts? Pros and cons? Suggestions on a slow cooker or features to consider?
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The only thing I use mine for is cooking beans. I make a goodly amount of beans (pinto & black mostly, at least 2 or 3x a month), and find they come out wonderful in the crockpot. I just throw them in with water 1.5-2" above them, and maybe some onions and let'm cook for at elast 6-8 hours, and they're done
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To me, a crock pot is a must have. When I asked for a crock pot for Christmas my husband asked me why. We didn't really need it that much back then but once our son was born the crock pot was a God sent. I often feel too tired to make a meal as the day went on. So I put in some food in the pot earlier on and let it cook. When dinner time came around and I felt extremely tired I was glad that dinner was almost done. Not everyone is a crock pot lover but I sure love mine.::
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To me, a crock pot is a must have. When I asked for a crock pot for Christmas my husband asked me why. We didn't really need it that much back then but once our son was born the crock pot was a God sent. I often feel too tired to make a meal as the day went on. So I put in some food in the pot earlier on and let it cook. When dinner time came around and I felt extremely tired I was glad that dinner was almost done. Not everyone is a crock pot lover but I sure love mine.::
I love mine so much, I have 4! :

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I love mine so much, I have 4! :
Wow, big family!?

I use my crock pot to make meatloaf, Teriyaki chicken, lentil soup, pork roast etc etc. I know some people even use theirs to make yogurt. Got to love it. :
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Yea, our household totals 8 people in 3 generations. My mom had 2 4-quart crockpots and I had a 2-quart and a 4-quart.

I think I have one more in storage too.

I just made crockpot yogurt. The insulated cover worked great to incubate it.

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So I'm hearing crock pot love - any buying tips? Nice to have features or things you wish yours had/could do?

Thanks for the responses - I sure do love having MDC and its members as a resource!
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I'm iffy about our crock pots. It seems like stuff gets burned and dried out a lot. And tastes like crap. I've heard that the Rival slow cookers are better than the Crock Pot brand. It's something worth considering. I have three Crock Pots. The only thing that works for me is to cook the foods only HALF as long as a recipe (or common sense) says. I'd rather have a pressure cooker. I'd rather have a slow cooker that really cooked slowly and gently.

In principle, if you can get a slow cooker to work right for you, it's an awesome addition to a kitchen. It is SO helpful and really frees you up a couple days a week. But ya gotta make sure it isn't ruining your food.
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I have both Rival and Hamilton-Beach, they're pretty much the same. I like the removable crock, different temp settings and the insulated cover.

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I'll be a dissenter here. I've had one for years, and really the only thing I use it for is the occasional party dish if we're having company (chili or hot apple cider), or for making yogurt. It's really a waste of space in my kitchen. I'd asked for it because I was feeling the love, too... but I just don't use it.

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We use ours all the time. We cook beans, pot roast, overnight oatmeal. Plus I cook pork roasts to make pulled or barbecue pork. I don't use it for a wide variety of food, but the food I do make in it are in heavy rotation.

I DO NOT like roast chicken in it, though. Yuck.

I WOTH, so it's convenient to have the main part of dinner made by the time I get home!

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anyone concerned about the lead issue with crock pots?
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I googled lead in crock pots and all I found was one news story and a bunch of blog entries, that were also referencing the same new story. Until I find more information, no I'm not worried.

My crocks are fairly new and the glaze isn't cracked.

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I think that it can be great for times when cooking is hard to get done. After a new baby for example or the end of pregnancy or the beginning. They can be a lifesaver.

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