Love it or Leave it: Crock Pot

Thursday , 12, April 2012 2 Comments

I love me a nice hearty, home cooked meal that doesn’t take much preparation….who doesn’t?  Therefore, I am a fan of the crock pot.  So many items can be dumped into the crock pot and come out tasting wonderful, with little effort.  I usually use my crock pot for the main part of the meal consisting of some type of meat, some veggies or beans, add in some rice or other grain, and you have all your bases covered.  But did you know that you can use a crock pot to make cheesecake?  Now you’re speaking my language! ( I have not tried this yet, but will have to do so….when I lose these last 6 baby weight pounds. I’ll even save some strawberries for the occasion!)  Some mammas use their crock pots to have yummy oatmeal ready and waiting in the morning, something I will definitely utilize when my kiddo gets big enough to eat real oatmeal. Even as the weather gets warmer, I still use my crock pot because it doesn’t heat up the whole house.

So….Crock Pot. Love it or Leave it?

If we’re talking about crock pots in general, heck yes, LOVE IT!  But my darn crock pot has not impressed me.  I believe I got it as a wedding gift, ahem, close to 7 years ago now.  So you would think I would do something about it!?  The problem is it cooks WAY too HOT.  If the recipe says to cook the food for 6 hours on high, my crock pot will burn the item even if I place it on low.  One of the best things about cooking with a crock pot is that you don’t have to babysit it.  Just fill it, set it, and walk away.  Well that is just not the case with my high maintenance machine.  I guess it is time to look for a new one.  Any recommendations?

Love crock pots….Leave mine…or take it to Goodwill 🙂

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  • Julie says:

    I’m a big crock pot fan too! One helpful hint I found on the crockpot365 website is to cook your meal in a smaller vessel if needed…if you only have a 6qt crock but your recipe calls for a 4pt, then put it in a smaller glass bowl or whatever. I also love that mine automatically goes to “warm” once the cooking time is over. I bought ours at Target for $30 and it came with a little dipper crock as well-although, I have yet to make a dip! 🙂

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