I use a slow cooker every other day during the WNY winters. I now have 6 different sized slow cookers. I decided to splurge on this one because I was tired of the Rivals, Slow Cookers and Hamilton Beaches' handles cracking and breaking off on the outside metal housing. I have made chili and stew in this cooker so far. This is very large and takes up a great deal of counterspace but works very well. I haven't used the programmable part of the slow cooker yet but I am looking forward to trying it out.
This is a great slow cooker. I have had two Rival Crockpots, both of which started overheating after several uses. This slow cooker does exactly that, cooks slowly. I have made several meals and each has turned out perfectly. There are no bells and whistles but it perfoms beautifully.
Purchased the Cuisinart 4-in-1 cooker after a disaster with the lid of my old oval Rival Crock-Pot. So far have done BBQ ribs (slow cooker), roast chicken (slow cooker recipe), Pork Button Ribs with garlic, peppers, and black bean sauce (browning and stir frying), and the most amazing corned beef brisket we've ever eaten. Love that you can switch back and forth between cooking functions and temperatures while in operation. Cleanup is an absolute breeze. Good capacity (cooked 2 packaged corned beef briskets at once with plenty of room). It is worth noting that when "slow cooking", the "simmer" setting is closest to the "low" setting on a regular crock-pot (I actually thought "simmer" would be higher than "low", but not so). Looks great on the counter, and is living there (our old crock-pot stayed out of sight when not being used). Got it on sale and don't regret my purchase for an instant - fabulous buy! My only issue with this cooker is that there is no "delay timer", which should have been easy to include since this is a feature of bread machines and many rice cookers. Before buying, I saw a review on topreviews.best, there you can see all pros and cons. But as for my, the main pros are: No stick, easy to clean, insert is lightweight as opposed to a heavy "crock" insert, high quality, stain resistant, attractive design. Cons: None, really, other than lack of "delay start" function.
My previous Rival Crockpot worked great, but I hated the beige/tan colors. Decided to replace it for silver or black one to match my kitchen. Passed previous one on to friends who wanted one. I like the oval shape of this one better than round pot ones, as this takes a whole broiler chicken or roast easily. Like the easy band-fastener to secure lid, but wonder if replacements will be available when it wears out? Very happy with my purchase.
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