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#4513763 - 09/11/17 10:37 PM Slow Cookers
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
I've been watching YouTube videos and I'm convinced I need one. smile

I think I might need one on the larger size for cooking great big roasts to make shredded beef tacos.

What brand you guys recommend ? How many quarts ?

#4513772 - 09/11/17 11:01 PM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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We've had one like this for about five years now its been trouble free and works very well.
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#4513786 - 09/11/17 11:23 PM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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Loc: Michigan
Good old Crock Pot brand....
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#4513832 - 09/12/17 01:29 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
What brand you guys recommend ?

Brand doesn't really matter.
Yard sales, goodwills.... They're like $5 or less.

Get one with a "lift out" crock.

Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
How many quarts ?

At least 6 quarts,

8 will hold a nice sized roast & some "carrots & spuds"
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#4513893 - 09/12/17 05:52 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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Which one leaves the least varnish when you cook at high temp?
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#4513900 - 09/12/17 06:11 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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Get an oval one...most decent meat isn't round

#4513957 - 09/12/17 07:18 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Shannow]
Kira Offline

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Do check the thrift shops for one as they seem to show up frequently.

Don't get a dinky (small) cylindrical one

We got a 6.5 quart All-Clad with timer etc. Just used it last night to make a simple pot roast.
The lift-out crockery liner appears to be of extremely high quality.
As capable as ours is I can easily see where a larger one (someone mentioned 8 qt.) would be handy.
I guess that goes for any machine.
Even though, I can EASILY see where the size (and weight) of these things could cause many to leave theirs in a lower cabinet unused.

The thing has an AAA+ rating from ME (the cook).

#4513963 - 09/12/17 07:26 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: camrydriver111]
Merkava_4 Offline

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Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: camrydriver111
Which one leaves the least varnish when you cook at high temp?

I see what you did there. grin2

#4513985 - 09/12/17 07:56 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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6 quart Crock-Pot brand is the old standby.
I used mine this past week in the travel trailer, made chili.
Whipped up a batch of cornbread in the bread-maker as well.
Good eatin' over a couple days.
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#4514000 - 09/12/17 08:10 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
Bud Offline

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Posts: 1552
Loc: Texas
Oval one with the lift out pot. Makes for easy cleaning.
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#4514026 - 09/12/17 08:27 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
Bandito440 Offline

Registered: 02/13/12
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I just cooked an 8 lb. pork shoulder, which ended up as about 6 quarts of chili verde.

I've had the basic Crock Pot 8-qt model with the 4-position switch for a while. It's been great, and they're about $30.
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#4514037 - 09/12/17 08:40 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
bioburner Offline

Registered: 09/19/16
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Loc: Minnesota
Got 3. Use the large one to cook a bunch of spaghetti sauce and freeze quarts in freezer bags. Small one for gravies, cheese sauces etc on table. Medium for cooking down beer,onion, pepper and brats.

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#4514043 - 09/12/17 08:49 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: daves87rs]
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Originally Posted By: daves87rs
Good old Crock Pot brand....

+1 I am shocked you don't already have one. That is like having toilet paper with my family. Everybody has one and uses it daily. Super easy to make good food. Search up recipes online. We like to prep everything the morning. Toss it in the crock, cook it slow and come home from work to a great meal.
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#4514051 - 09/12/17 08:57 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
SHOZ Offline

Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5527
Loc: Illinois
I have an oval one with the lift out pot. Found a 1" oval silicone "rack" for it. This is great as it lifts the meats out of the fat. Best corned beef I ever made a couple weeks ago with this.

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#4514127 - 09/12/17 10:18 AM Re: Slow Cookers [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2056
Loc: Canada
I like using ours. We got it as a gift from my mom years ago and the handle for the lid broke. I fixed it with a piece of wire and it's still working just fine.

I don't think a timer is necessary. I mean, it's not like you can overcook or burn something in there if you have enough liquid in the pot.

The longer the cooking time, the better the flavor smile
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