Yes, So. Cal, San Diego to be exact. We go to the Anza-Borrego desert, El Centro, CA. towards Arizona. Lots of sand dunes. We ride quads, there is a group of about 20 of us, my parents started going in their 50's to be with us. Love extended family, but this way, our invite is 'this is where we are going to be, you are welcome to join us', and we avoid dragging the kids between 2 sets of grandparents, etc. They are 10 and 15 now and grew up there for TG, don't really know anything else. Plus, they get to play all day and hang out with cousins & friends. We cook about an 12-15 lb. bird in the 5'er oven. We cook one at home before we go, and make a huge pot of turkey soup, that's always on the stove. Late nights around the campfire is the best time for warm soup! And with needing a generator going all day for the pots, the most efficient way out there is to use them as warmers.
Well, since we camp in the desert for TG, we basically use ours for warmers as well. Mashed potatoes from stove to CP, stuffing from oven to CP, yams from oven to CP... I have 3, the newer digital ones are so cool, love the way they automatically go to "Warm" when the cooking cycle is done.
OH!! HAVE YOU TRIED THE REYNOLDS SLOW COOKER LINERS?
I will never cook in the CP without them again. Take the bag, throw it away, wipe crock, and you are done! What a genius idea!!!!
Thanks everyone! I usually post on the "what are you crock cooking today thread", and really not much anywhere else. I really don't have alot of plans for changes, other than freshening up some threads on Nov 1st. Let me know if anyone has good ideas. Don't be shy.
I have 3 crockpots, for Thanksgiving am kind of wishing I had a 4th, LOL!
A friend gave me a 5.5 quart round Rival with crock insert when my other one died, because she never uses it. Score! It is not a color I would have chosen but I'm very thankful for a new, free crockpot.
I have a 4 quart West Bend oval with griddle bottom. I never use the griddle bottom. Because it is oval, roasts are a perfect in it even though it's not large at all.
None of them have any fancy new features. No "Warm", no timer, not digital, etc. But at least all have removable crocks in one sense or the other.
Thanksgiving crockpot use: Gravy in smallest (I really do need a smaller one from Goodwill for this!)
Make-ahead mashed potatoes - make a week ahead and reheat 3.5 hrs on low in crockpot on Thanksgiving day, what a lifesaver!
Hot applecider drink - I had this last year in crockpot, it was sooooooo good. One of those things that makes your mouth water when you think about it. I make it a practice to NEVER drink my calories, so this is definitely a once-a-year treat to look forward to.
If I get a small one from Goodwill like 1.5 qt dip size, I will put gravy in it, and will have 4 crockpots going instead of 3, and will add butternut soup in the freed-up crockpot.
Yes, I will probably make my crock pot dressing. I also keep gravy in one crock pot so it is hot for refills. I have done turkey breast in one before but I do like the turkey in the oven roaster as well. It is 4 hours and it is done. (kind of like a crock pot but bigger!!!)
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I'm Carol in Maryland. I use my crockpot every week. I'm already have plans for all my crockpots for Thanksgiving.
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