Well, the “sorta” part of this title is only in regards to the fact that It’s not Monday . Today’s feature is DEFINITELY a FAVORITE. Happy Tuesday everyone! Yesterday, time just slipped right out of my fingers, and before I knew it: here was are today! Unfortunately, I think the sick bug has found me yet again. Thankfully, nothing like a couple of weeks ago when it was the stomach flu. Today I just seem to have the beginnings of a sore throat, some body aches, and a little bit of a runny nose. No fun. I’m hoping with rest and juice I will be back to a 100% in no time. Wish me well!
Now on to the reason you are all here. To learn about one of my hands-down-couldn’t-live-withouts… or as you more commonly know it: my MUST HAVE. So, I’m sure you all have a crock pot. Who doesn’t. Slow cooking is the best. You can throw just about anything in there, turn it on high or low (depending on how quickly you need it), and hours later your meal is ready with little to no hassle at all!
Funny story for you. You know that “new” appliance smell that most appliances have the first few times you use them? Well back at my old apartment, when I lived alone (before I was married), I pulled out my never-before-used crock pot to start a meal while I was home for lunch; so that it would be ready for me when I got off work. Living alone and in a brand new place I was a little leery about leaving the crock pot on while I wasn’t home. I know that’s what they are designed for. But all I could see were visions of the place burning down and it would entirely be my fault. So anyway, I un-packaged my crock pot, put my meal in, and headed back to work. Well… that “new” appliance smell I was just talking about… I smelled it. This was back when I wasn’t really cooking much and not too familiar with such things. I figured it would be fine so I headed out and locked up. Not even 15 seconds later I was back in to check on things. I was so nervous to leave it. But again, I figured it would be ok. So headed out, locked up, and made it about half-way down the stairs. Turned back around, checked on it again, and decided again it was fine. This happened about two or three times before I FINALLY went back to work. All day I worried about it. After work I came home, things were just fine, and I enjoyed a delicious meal!
Until about a month ago I have been using that crock pot ever since. I recently realized that we’ve out grown it and it was time for something bigger. With some research, my wonderful husband found the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker for me. Can I just tell you? I am in LOVE with this crock pot! It’s simply amazing. My favorite feature (if I had to choose one) is the fact that you can program the exact time you want to cook your meal, and once it reaches that time it will automatically switch to warm. How awesome is that?! There are many great features. I also like the clip-tight gasket lid. I always seem to be traveling with my crock pot, whether it to be to deliver a meal, or for a get together and that feature makes traveling so EASY!
Family Size 6 quart oval Programmable slow cooker with flat panel digital read-out and stainless steel base for easy storage and clean-up, plus separate temperature probe for large cuts of meat. No more over cooked or under cooked beef or poultry as the probe reads the internal temperature as it cooks and automatically switches to keep warm once set temperature is reached . Operates in three different cook settings including manual cook mode. Easy to read LED digital control panel and timer for setting preferred cooking time. Other features include a clip-on spoon and a clip-tight gasket lid.
- 6-quart programmable slow cooker with LED digital control panel
- 3 automatic-cooking options–program, manual, or probe; automatic keep-warm
- Power-interrupt protection; clip-on spoon; clip-tight gasket lid; side handles for safe transport
- Dishwasher-safe stoneware and tempered-glass lid; user manual with recipes included
- Measures approximately 10-2/5 by 16 by 16 inches; 1-year limited warranty
I’ve been asked a few times about the bags I use with my crock pot cooking. Almost as much as I love the crock pot, do I love the Reynolds Aluminum 00504 Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner. They make cleaning up a breeze. You can’t find them everywhere though. I’ve only had luck finding them at Wal Mart. Search for them in the paper products section near the aluminum foil and plastic baggies. They will be right next to oven bags, which look similar so be sure to grab the right ones! These are a must to have on hand!
For great crock pot recipes, see the category entitled “Crock Pot” in the categories section!