Choosing a Slow Cooker
When I got married, we got a Crock Pot slow cooker as a wedding gift. I loved it and used it several times a week until the handles broke. There was a recall on several models, but mine wasn't one of them. I called them to see if they would replace it, but they wouldn't. I used to make cheese dip in my slow cooker for pot lucks, so the thought of the handle breaking on me while it was in transport was more than a little scary! Someone gave me another Crock Pot as a gift, so I stayed with that brand. Again, the handles broke off. And again, it wasn't covered under their warranty. That was enough for me to switch. I did some research, and I decided on a Hamilton Beach model.
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I also have another slow cooker that has a digital display like the one pictured above. You can set it to turn on or off or even change from high to low at a certain time. I don't need this because I work from home, but if you use it while you are working, it could be a great feature for you.
Like I said, I've had this slow cooker for seven to eight years. Crock Pots were lasting about a year, so it was definitely worth the extra cost. My crock cracked, so I picked up a spare at a thrift store for $1.50! The crock has been cracked for about two years, but it doesn't leak, so I've kept using it.
Here are some more great tips to help you get the most out of your slow cooker.