This is Crock Pot’s top selling manual slow cooker. Believe it or not, there are some people that would prefer to use a manual slow cooker instead of a programmable model. Most of these people have been using the slow cooker for many years and have their own set way of doing things and just feel more comfortable with the manual type.
With the manual slow cooker you can have more control over cooking time. Some cooks like to “check” and see how their food is progressing. The problem with this is, if you lift the lid off, you need to add about 30 more minutes to the cooking time with most cookers.
This stainless, manual slow cooker holds enough food for up to three people. It’s about enough for one meal and some left-overs. It is also great for keeping appetizers, party dips, and sauces at the right temperature when entertaining. Plus, it looks very elegant on a buffet table. The side handles make it easy to move from counter top to the serving table.
It has three temperature settings: high, low, and warm. It also includes the very popular stoneware insert which is easy to clean and great for storing in the refrigerator. The glass lid makes it easy to keep an eye on things when either cooking or using at a party.
Most people like the size, particularly if they are a household of one to three people. The price is ridiculously low for everything that it offers. It can even cook a 3 pound piece of meat. The dial is so easy and simple to use. If you aren’t into programming, this manual dial is self explanatory.
Also, the 3 quart round stoneware makes clean up quick and easy because it is dishwasher safe.
If you cook the recipe on the high setting, the meals usually cook faster than what the recipe calls for. It may have to do with the size. With the smaller size slow cooker, the food would heat up faster.
The companies reply to a question about temperature and whether you should use a Low or High setting is as follows:
“Both High and Low stabilize at the same temperature, it is just a matter of how long it takes to reach the simmer point. Once food reaches the simmer point, total cook time is dependent on cut and weight of meat to reach the point of maximum flavor and texture potential. (Most dishes can be prepared on either High or Low.) Typical cook time for Crock-Pot’ slow cookers to reach simmer point (209 F):
- Low: 7-8 hours to reach the simmer point
- High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point.”
If you have a larger crock pot you may also consider purchasing the Crock Pot 3 quart slow cooker. There were times when you just needed a smaller slow cooker. The smaller slow cooker is used a lot to keep smaller food items warm at large gatherings.
I highly recommend this cookbook by Beth Hensperger if you’re going to be preparing meals for just two of you or a small family of three. Give it a try. It has some great slow cooker recipes.
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