I had a crock pot several years ago which we sold when we moved continents. I didn't actually end up using it that much, mostly because I had no idea how, and it wasn't a very large one so most of the recipes I found didn't fit in it.
Now that we're back in Canada again, I recently bought a Hamilton Beach 7 quart slow cooker. I've used it a few times already and I'm looking forward to using it more :)
I have 3. I have a small 8 cup one that is great for simmering sauces, a medium 20 cup oval one that is perfect for roasts or chickens, and a huge 30+ cup behemoth that is great for large batches of stew, chili, or soup.
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After reading your Spark page I have only one comment - spices. If things turn out well when you use recipes by others, then you know the basics. Remember when you do something new (your own recipes) that you will need to experiment with the amount of spices - it always takes more for crockpot cooking than you would use in any other type of cooking. Taste, taste, taste - and add if needed.
I've had 4. One when my children were growing up and I worked every day. It was wonderful until my DD knocked it off the sink the the insert broke. Now I have a 6 qt and a 4 qt where I live full time, and a 5 qt at my retirement home where I visit one week/month. Fran
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5 with actual ceramic liners: 2 X 4 quarts round, 1 X 6 quart oval, 1 X ? RECTANGLE (shallow) casserole, a 1 quart "dipper" with non removable ceramic liner, plus a huge 18 quart Nesco (actually an "oven") that has great temp control and could be set low enough to mimick one (no crock lining but can slow cook in it if I need to.....
I only have the casserole and the Nesco at this time.... I would like to get another one big enough to cook roasts or chicken or whatever in but not so big that it makes washing up difficult..... Ah, maybe someday.....
I've had two. I got one when I got married umpteen years ago. It didn't have a removeable crock and was a major pain to use. Eventually the heating element gave out and I bought a new one. I've had the "new" one for over thirty years now. The plastic lid has a crack in it, but other than that it's like the Energizer Bunny -- going and going and going...
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