Crock-Pot, The Original Slow Cooker

I LOVE getting small appliances as gifts (hint hint Santa), not all people do though, so tread lightly… maybe not the best choice for a new boy/girlfriend, hehe.

My old store-brand slow cooker had seen better days, not only had I melted the top handle in an early morning, pre-coffee kitchen disaster, it’s LCD display no longer worked, making the setting of cook times a bit tricky.  Needless to say I jumped at the chance to review a new programmable Crock-Pot, the Smart-Pot.
Crock-Pots have come a long way in function and in looks since they arrived on the scene in 1971.  I love the appearance of this new model that was sent to me, the stainless and black fits right in with all my other kitchen appliances and gadgets.  While I would like to have total control of cooking time, I do like how you simply push one button to select your cooking time; High for 4 or 6 hours or Low for 8 or 10 hours.  (FYI: The next model up the SCCPVC603HSS does have the LCD and allows you to select time and temperature).
Back to function, it was time to start putting this Crock-Pot to the test…
The first recipe I wanted to try out was one of the overnight breakfast casseroles.  While I’m still tweaking the recipe, I loved how evenly the Crock-Pot cooked, it seemed to keep an stable temperature and I couldn’t find any hot spots.  The stoneware cooking insert is also very easy to clean… cheese and egg are never fun to scrub off, but it came right off in hot soapy water with just a dishcloth and little effort (the stoneware and lid are dishwasher safe, I just always wash them by hand due to their size).
Next on to one of my favourite Crock-Pot meals, RIBS!  I had a new packet of rib spice I wanted to try, lots of ribs in the freezer and a husband with puppy-dog eyes so it was meant to be.
The large 6-qt stoneware is more than big enough to handle two full racks of back ribs (if you’ve made the original rib recipe I posted, you know I like to cook the ribs on their side, so that they aren’t fully submersed in liquid while cooking).
8 hours on low, reduce the cooking liquids into a thick sauce and then pop the ribs under the broiler for 10 minutes, basting every 2 and you got yourself some mean ribs… Hubby says I’m still the reigning Queen of Ribs.
No surprise really that I have no complaints about the Crock-Pot, I don’t think I could ever be without one.  If I hadn’t received this one to review and was to go out today to shop for one, I might buy the one that is fully programmable with timer and the hinged lid… but those are simply extra options that suit my personal wants, and really I probably should have two of them anyway, right? (hehehe)
Crock-Pot has also provided me with a gift for one of my readers. The winner will receive both a Lunch-Crock and a Crock-Pot cookbook (colour and title may vary from the example I have shown).
Photo credit: www.crock-pot.ca

I’ve got a little crush on this Lunch-Crock, it would have been perfect for me back in my office days.  It has a 20oz capacity and the food storage container and lid are dishwasher-safe.  For your chance to win, simply complete the form below. This giveaway is open to readers with Canadian addresses only.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was provided a Crock-Pot to review and prize to gift to a reader, but no other compensation was provided. All opinions on my blog are my own.
About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker is a beaut. Jan

  2. I like the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
    belinda mcnabb

  3. Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker – love the multi-level concept

  4. Touch Screen Programmable Slow Cooker it was rated top on America’s test kitchen

  5. Love the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME
    is
    Anne Taylor

  6. I like the 6qt Programmable crock pot

  7. Love 5.5 Quarts Oval Programmable Slow Cooker

  8. I like the programmable slow cooker and the entertaining one! I have a big family so I need a big one! The entertaining one would allow me to cook a few different things at once! Love it!

  9. I’ll play along, this would be a great gift for my Man’s lunches.

  10. I think I’m more of a manual girl.

  11. I like the Prog. w/ Timer Slow Cookers!

  12. this designer model…. Model #SCCPBP600Spretty and functioonal

  13. Lindsay Moulton says:

    I LOVE CROCK POTS!!! i use them almost everyday.. and this one is just to cute!!!

  14. Prog w/ Timer Slow Cooker!

  15. I like the 6qt programmable crock pot. :-)

  16. I like the 5 Qt Round Smart Pot Slow Cooker
    thanks

  17. I like the Smart set Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

  18. bevandbruce says:

    I love all crock pots!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Leslie
    I want easy/simple. I think the manual model is the one for me.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

  20. Kerry Ryan says:

    Since I have no idea what I’m doing in the kitchen most of the time the low/high feature would be great for the more culinarily (is that even a word, guess not it’s highlighted, or I can’t spell, or both) challenged!
    kerryan11@hotmail.com

  21. I like the 5.5 Quarts Oval Programmable Slow Cooker

  22. Touch Screen Programmable Slow Cooker

  23. I really like the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

  24. I like Touch Screen Programmable Slow Cooker – Model #SCVPT650S
    http://www.crock-pot.ca/Product.aspx?cid=1505&pid=7814

  25. I like the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooke

  26. 6 Qt Oval Countdown Slow Cooker w/ Little Dipper

  27. I like the Crock-Pot Little Dipper Slow Cooker
    amymbrown at gmail.com

  28. I like the little dipper – just the right size for smaller portions!

  29. Touch Screen Programmable Slow Cooker

  30. Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

  31. the touch screen programmable one is awesome but i think the lunch one is cute ..hope i win it :)

  32. Thanks for sharing this contest! I love your blog!

  33. My pick is the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker

  34. I like Model #SCVC600SS, the Smart set Crock-Pot Slow Cooker.

  35. I love the Trio Cook & Serve™ Slow Cooker. Great for family get-togethers!.

  36. I could never be without my crock pot and a lunch size one would be awesome!

  37. I like the 5.5 Quarts Oval Programmable Slow Cooker

  38. I love cooking with crockpots…its the best!

  39. I love cooking with crockpots…its the best!

  40. The small one would be good for us! Nice sauces would be made
    nicely because of the size! Dad

  41. I love the 5.5 Quarts Oval Programmable Slow Cooker Model #SCVP550HB

  42. I like this one: 4.5 qt Oval Slow Cooker Model #5445-BCN.
    Thanks.
    Rafflecopter name: Dreena

  43. I like Model #SCCPBC600S

  44. i like the Model #SCVP500B

    Ted Kooper
    fwdsd45 @gmail.com

  45. I like the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Model #SCCPBP600S.

  46. Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker
    Laura snookie_poo

  47. i like the Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker Model #SCCPTP600P

    entering in rafflecopter as jen s.

  48. Designer Series Programmable Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker is a true beauty!

  49. I would like the programable one

  50. programmable

  51. Touch Screen Programmable Slow Cooker
    rafflecoper – Yan Deng

  52. Love the programmable slow cooker.

  53. I love this touch screen programmable slow cooker, thanks for the review.

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