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    What, Exactly, Is A Slow Cooker?

    Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm a cooking novice ... can microwave food just fine but rarely do any other actual cooking. icon_smile.gif

    About 30 years ago, my mother bought me a crock pot. It's been on the shelf for all of those years but I'm thinking of actually dusting it off and trying it out. Soup and sandwiches are getting tiring....

    So, I know that a crock pot is a type of slow cooker but I'm wondering if there are other kinds of slow cookers. I've seen some recipes about using slow cookers and I'm concerned that I might need some other kind of cooking utensil other than a crock pot.

    Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:54 pm
    Forum Host
    Crock pot is the brand name for Rival slow cookers. You can make any recipe that calls for a slow cooker or a crockpot in the device you have. Any of the recipes you have should work.

    Your slow cooker is an antique, which means that it will cook at a lower temperature than many of the newer ones - most of us think that's desirable. Just remember it works most efficiently when it's between half and 2/3 full. If it's less full, it will cook more quickly. If it's fuller, it will take longer.

    Please come back with any questions, happy to see you here.
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:44 pm
    Forum Host
    duonyte is right on the money.

    There are lots of slow cookers, but I'd start with your older Rival. It's the type that can cook 8 to 10 hours without burning food items. Use fresh food items to avoid any issues with the lower temperatures growing bacteria.

    If you'll let us know what type of dishes you like, we could suggest some recipes.

    As far as other cooking devices, a frying pan is helpful for browning meats and precooking ground meats.

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