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Slow Cooking for Beginners
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 2nd, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>I started off with an Aroma slow cooker from CostCo (like $30) but have gotten a slightly more expensive one.<<

The first one I got was a simple 2-qt model with two settings and inset liner. Then I got a bigger one, 5-6 qt with a glass lid and removable liner, still two settings. The fancy one is 7-8 qt and oval, with removable liner, and four settings (4, 6, 8, 10 hours) plus a warm mode. So I can crock a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert all at the same time!

>> I like making chili and stew in it! Pretty similar concepts really, just differs slightly in ingredients and flavoring.<<

I make stews sometimes. Also the venison spaghetti sauce that I make is much like a wet chili.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: February 2nd, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

There are a lot of similarities between a really good spaghetti sauce and chili, yes. ^_^

That's a lot of crock pots! I've abandoned the $30 crockpot along with other stuff from my old house for fear of mold/pantry moth issues. The new one has a much nicer removable ceramic liner that overlaps the edge of the crock pot, makes it much easier to keep clean. Very sturdy.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 2nd, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>That's a lot of crock pots!<<

Yeah, but I use them. I'm reluctant to throw out anything that still works, although if someone desperately needed a crock and couldn't afford one, I might hand off my little one. With three crocks, I can spread cooking into other places besides the kitchen if necessary.

>>The new one has a much nicer removable ceramic liner that overlaps the edge of the crock pot, makes it much easier to keep clean. <<

The removable crock is a key feature for me now. I wouldn't happily buy a crockpot without one.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: February 2nd, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Fair enough! Having a small one for gravies does seem perfect. ^_^
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 2nd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

The only size I really don't have is that tiny one for sauces and fondues and such. I probably wouldn't buy one, but if somebody gave me one, I'd keep it.

My 2-qt crock is perfect for cooking a whole chicken, which will just fit inside with room for some stock. It's also just the right size for desserts, which is what I usually use it for now. "Heat up any fruit, put some kind of topping on it" is hard to beat.
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