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    I'm wanting a Slow Cooker for VDay... But WHICH ONE?!?

    AKillian24
    Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:54 am
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    Greetings!

    I'm on a kitchen appliance kick (and, yes, I actually use them like crazy!) and have decided on a Slow Cooker.

    That's about as far as I've gotten .. I have no idea what size, shape, brand.. etc.

    What I'm looking for is a slow-cooker that will(A) work well for for just my husband and I (B) make it easy to feed a crowd. Because I don't like storing stuff, I (C) look for stainless-steel so that it can 'perch' on my countertop. Am I asking for too much?!? icon_redface.gif

    I surfed Williams-Sonoma as I bought their breadmaker for Christmas and LOVE it - but have also looked at Rival.

    I would love any insight anyone has on which model to steer my husband towards... and I look forward to testing out some great recipes (I've been browsing, and am very hungry as a result!)
    Shirl (J) 831
    Fri Feb 11, 2005 6:33 am
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    Well I think that is a personal choice, however I bought one and it is a smaller one good for DH and I, however fits a whole chicken snug so I should have got a bit bigger but did not want a huge one. Mine is a WestBend but can't remember the size. There is tons to choose from but I am happy with this one.

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    Julesong
    Fri Feb 11, 2005 1:44 pm
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    For me, the last time I got a new crockpot I figured out which features I wanted, then went out to find one that had those features. I went to four different stores over here in the Puget Sound, and the only brand I found at all - regardless of features - was Rival. I know other brands are available, but they simply weren't in the stores around here.

    I did find a Rival with the features I wanted, thankfully.
    AKillian24
    Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:58 pm
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    That makes sense - so a question I have is: Does a larger slow cooker still cook smaller 2-person portions well? I've heard that perhaps not...
    Julesong
    Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:32 pm
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    AKillian24 wrote:
    That makes sense - so a question I have is: Does a larger slow cooker still cook smaller 2-person portions well? I've heard that perhaps not...


    In my experience, no, it doesn't. For 2 people, I'd stick between 2.5 to 4 quarts or so.
    ~Nimz~
    Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:42 am
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    I just bought a 7 qt KenMore. Can you not cook small portions in it? Do I need to go and buy a smaller one. icon_cry.gif
    Julesong
    Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:28 am
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    dcmac wrote:
    I just bought a 7 qt KenMore. Can you not cook small portions in it? Do I need to go and buy a smaller one. icon_cry.gif


    The large ones can be quite handy for potlucks and such. The smaller ones are relatively inexpensive (I see them at local stores for $15-20) and are, in my opinion, better at cooking the smaller portions. I think it's worthwhile to have both sizes!
    ~Nimz~
    Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:57 pm
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    I was hoping you would say that. I really wanted a smaller one, but DH wanted one to make his famous chili. NOW I get both. icon_twisted.gif icon_twisted.gif
    Panino
    Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:41 pm
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    I also live in Western Washington and got an All Clad crock pot when they first came out last year at Williams Sonoma in Bellevue Square. I have All Clad cookware so was confident in a top notch product. It has not disappointed. I do not know if they still have them or not; kinda spendy for a crock but I think it was under one hundred dollars, and , like I said, I like the All Clad quality factor. It is a very large oval, and you did mention cooking for crowds, didn't you? Just wanted to mention this as an alternate to the Rival. I have also had Rivals and they were good. No complaints.
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