Thursday, November 10, 2011

Which Crockpot is Best?

I thought I would take a few minutes to discuss crockpots themselves.  Which one is the best one to have?  The answer depends on a few things -- what and how much food you're cooking, and what features you want or need in a crockpot.  I'll show you the ones I have and what I like about them.

This is my smallest crockpot.  It holds 3 quarts of simmering goodness.  I like it because it cooks smaller recipes quite nicely, especially sweet breads and single batch desserts.  One of the disadvantages is that even on the low setting, the outer edges of the food sometimes get a bit brown.  (I don't know if anyone else experiences this. ?)  I also don't like that the crock is permanently attached to the base, so I can't remove it.  When I wash it, I have to do my best not to soak the base.

This is my medium-sized crockpot, which holds 4 quarts of deliciousness.  It's a great all-purpose crockpot because most recipes fit just right in it.  I really like that the crock is removable from the base, which makes serving and washing easier.  (Nevermind the burnt-on drip on the front of my crockpot -- it gives it character.)

Drumroll please.....   this is my largest (and favorite) crockpot, which holds 6 QUARTS of bodacious.......okay maybe I'm getting carried away, but I love this thing!  I can easily double recipes and this crockpot will hold them (like, eh-hem, pumpkin pie).  The crock is removable (nice!), it comes with a serving spoon (handy!), the crockpot lid handle doubles as a spoon holder (sweet!), and it has three heat settings -- High, Low, and Warm!  The Warm setting has really come in handy at potlucks and family gatherings because when my food is done cooking, I can keep it warm without worrying about the edges burning.  Oh, and here's one of the best features:  the lid locks on!  That's right, no more taping, wrapping, or rubberbanding my crockpot lid down when traveling to a dinner.  Did I mention I love this thing?!

So, there you have it.  If you don't have a crockpot yet, or if you need to upgrade, these are some things to keep in mind.  Do you have a favorite crockpot?  Tell me about it!

Fun fact:  Did you know that crockpots are sometimes used at births?  Midwives can use them to keep towels and washclothes warm and ready to go!

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1 comment:

  1. I have one similar to your big one... I don't know if the lid locks and such though.. going to have to check it out :)