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    Please note: Rival recall on some models of crockpots.

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    Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:42 pm Groupie
    I have a Rival model 37351 (3 qt). I bought it maybe 6 months ago; not sure if it is still being sold. I have never had any problems with it burning. I used it last week to make chutney and am using it tomorrow to cook a pork loin.
    Granny Connie
    Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:06 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I have a Rival "Versaware" 5qt round crockpot. (SC 7500) I haven't had it long, but so far haven't had any problems with it. I do love the size, shape and looks of it. It suposedly can brown things on the stove first, but I don't really recommend that, even though that is one of the things that I thought I would like. It is easier to pick up and to clean than my old one. I bought mine on line, but since then have seen them in a few stores.

    I just want to add a PS now that I have used it quite a bit.
    It may cook a bit hotter than my old one, but I really haven't had a problem with things sticking or burning. I still like the looks of it, and ease of moving it from one place to another. My old one always seemed heavy and awkward.

    Last edited by Granny Connie on Sat Apr 02, 2005 6:05 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Brenda in Winnipeg
    Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:20 pm Groupie
    I have just recently bought a slow cooker as I was tired of using a dutch oven and the oven. The kitchen warmed up too much. The store I bought this at had a wide range of sizes and brands. I bought a Hamilton Beach 5qt. I used it today for the first time. It has warm, low and high settings. I made a pot roast of about 2.5 lbs. I set it on low. I was a little bit worried because it appeared to be cooking a little to fast. It was on a slow boil, not a simmer. At 4.5 hours the meat was very well cooked. I'm sure if it had a thicker sauce instead of broth on it, it would have burned. I will try it once more on something a little thicker and see if it scorches. Has anyone else used an HB slow cooker?
    Sat Apr 02, 2005 4:51 pm Groupie
    Thank You,Thank You,Thank You, Thank You..I checked and I have one of them!!! Its a 5445!!! I have everything ready to send off. I am so sick and tired of not having my Crockpot!! Lots of Hugs 2 U !!!
    Brenda in Winnipeg
    Sat Apr 02, 2005 5:05 pm Groupie
    Hi Braunda,

    I am assuming that since you posted right after me you meant me. If I'm right, then you are welcome. icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif The Hamilton Beach that I have is model 33550. It is the one with the Smudge-Proof finish. I'm in Canada and if you are in The States yours will probably have a different product number even if it is the same. Canadian models are usually a little different from American because we have different electrical standards than you do. I will use it a few more times before I decide on keeping it. I will keep the list posted on what happens.
    Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:48 pm Groupie
    I have sent it off ...I will let you know when I get it back. Hugs
    Brenda in Winnipeg
    Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:14 pm Groupie
    I've used my Hamilton Beach 4 times now and have decided that even though it does run a little hot I will keep it. I have made pea soup, cottage roll, pulled pork and a pot roast. I had never done pulled pork or even made a pot roast ever before and I just loved all of them. It is very easy for me to control the salt content. Salt really is a big problem for me. Good luck, hope you hear back soon about yours.

    Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:46 pm Groupie
    Its Here!!! Its Here...My Rival Crockbase is here!!!! I am so very happy...I can hardly stand myself. Just wanted you all to know...Hugs
    Audrey M
    Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:17 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I have been cooking with my Rival Oval 5 quart crockpot everyday for about six years now. I even purchased another one at Sam's a warehouse store. It came with an addition liner that is divided and a cover to transport your crockpot to events in. I usually have a meat in one and some type of potato in the other, bake potatoes come out the best.

    The best advantages of cooking in a crockpot are it doesn't heat up the kitchen, you can prepare the meal the night before and the meal is ready when you come home. The most important reason is now my family eats together rather in shifts were we were grabbing things out of the refrigerator. I have three very active children and I wanted us to spend more time together as a family at meal time.

    My Rival Crockpot doesn't cook on high and low settings but on 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours. Once it reaches the alloted time it goes in a warm mode. I have never had food burn or be overdone. I have made up menus on a calender Monday thru Friday (I don't cook on the weekends) so I know what I am cooking on what day and what needs to be purchased. I plan the menus in a two week interval so that when I shop I can purchased the meat and other ingredients for the two weeks. I shop at Sam's so this makes it easy. I prepare the meal the night before and put the liner in the refigerator to stay cold. If you live in a cold place, in the winter, I just place the liner in my garage because it is ALWAYS freezing in the winter. All I need to do is bring it in and place it in the base while I get ready then turn it on before I leave for week.

    I even cook some part of my holiday meals in the crockpot. I don't think I will ever stop using one even after my kids are gone.

    Crockpot cooking has taken some of the insanity of cooking away for me. icon_biggrin.gif
    Brenda in Winnipeg
    Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:59 pm Groupie
    Wow! Audrey, you are so organized. I really envy you. I am on my own, and I really like to use my slow cooker a lot. I wish I had one when my 3 hungry kids and husband were here. I can't complain though, I had a really nice pressure cooker and I was really good at making quick food. I'm not sure why I didn't have a slow cooker. I missed out on a lot. icon_smile.gif

    Audrey M
    Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:34 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Thanks for the compliment. You can make up for lost time now with using your crockpot. icon_lol.gif You will just have to invite friends over for dinner. I am in a dinner group that each month. The hostess has to provide beverages and her house. icon_biggrin.gif While the one quest brings salad and bread, the other quest brings dessert, one quest brings a vegetable and the last quest brings a main course. You never have to bring the main course back to back. You select to bring something different each time. It is so much fun plus it brings laughter and friends/family into our lives. Enjoy Cooking~!
    Brenda in Winnipeg
    Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:37 pm Groupie
    Oh, Audrey, dinner clubs are so much fun. I have friends who were in a couple of different ones and the one had the men make and bring the food. They would get together once a month. Once a month we ate at each others house as well. The husband never failed to ask me for a recipe for a dish that I had make. He would make whatever it was and take it to dc. He was always a hit at dinner club.

    Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:22 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I checked out the Rival 38501 Smartpot on - boy there were some unhappy people! Ihave used this website many times to check out items before I buy - it's awesome!
    Chef Garlic
    Tue Oct 04, 2005 12:58 am Groupie
    I used to have the burnt crisp problem on my new Rival, but I bought an automatic timer, and just set that for the time I want it to come on. Since I know it takes 9 hours for something, and the new pot cooks it in 4 hours, I set the pot to come on 4 hours before dinner. Not very technical, but it sure is easy! I love walking into the house, smelling something cooked, that I don't have to fix for dinner.
    Audrey M
    Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:52 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I also have used a timer when I didn't have my new Rival Crockpot that has 4, 6, 8 and 10 hours on it. I actually have three of them. I will cook my main meal, a side dish and occassionaly a dessert in the other. I have no problem with any of these crockpots.

    The only problem with using a timer is if the food sets out to long before it begins cooking. If you set it out at 8:00 AM and don't have it turn on until 2:00 the food can spoil. The advantage of cooking it longer on a lower temperature is that you can avoid the food becoming spoiled.
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