Comments on: Do I Really Need A…Crock Pot? http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 13 May 2014 09:35:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Regis F http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-768314 Regis F Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:15:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-768314 My story is sad. I was a single mom of 3 children. One year Our church had a yard sale. My kids and I were helpers and I found 2 large stew pots that were at least 20 years old. The ladies at church were very kind and gave them to me for just $ 5.00. I went through the crock pot thing and heated it!!!! I now have 8+ grandchildren . I can not tell you how much I used those pots. I had them for 18yrs. I re married and my spouse just hated them! heavy OLD POTS! NOT! I loved them. One day the handle broke. It made no difference to me I still used them. I was cleaning the cabinet and found the handle, planed to have it put back on and well my loving husband tossed it in the trash! I was just #@$%*!!!!!!! It was the larger of the two. Can not find another 20 year old pot. I have the smaller one still. So hang on to your stew pots ladies, The price of a similler one is $180.00 plus!!!!!!!!
Happy Cooking

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By: Anne http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-413615 Anne Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:56:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-413615 that’s 200 wats per hour for the crock pots, not 1,200. typing mistake.

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By: Anne http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-413614 Anne Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:54:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-413614 Just to weigh in way late in the game, I’ve found I can use my dutch oven like a slow cooker in the set-it-and-forget-it-way. I preheat my oven to 350 or 400 degrees, depending on what I’m cooking. I do all on-stove prep, and if its a stew or casserole, heat up the sauce sauce/broth to a low simmer. I put it in the oven, and turn the oven off. When I get home 5 or six hour later it’s still above food safety temp (160 fereinheight), and every things been cooked to perfection. If I need to be gone longer I boil a pot of water on the stove, cover it, and set it in the stove too- the thermal mass slowly releases heat and keeps the temp in the oven higher for longer. Since my oven’s only on for about 20 minutes, it uses no more electricity than a normal crock pot (most crock pots are about 1200 watts/hour, my stove uses about 1,500 watts to get to temp, it’s actually a little better energy wise, may not be the same if you have a less efficient oven or more efficient pot).

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By: Alana Henry http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-400522 Alana Henry Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:00:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-400522 I have the nicest slow cooker, you can turn it on high and it browns for you and then leave it cooking on a lower temperature the rest of the day. Works on the stove too as it comes off it’s base. I also use an incredibly heavy deep cast iron frying pan that goes into the oven and makes delicious chicken and stews. I wouldn’t think of getting rid of either of them.

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By: marie http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-397557 marie Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:56:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-397557 i have a glass ceramic top and it works perfectly well with a le Creuset !

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By: Nicole T http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-396207 Nicole T Sun, 14 Oct 2012 13:38:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-396207 I totally agree that the Dutch oven is a more useful tool, but I will point out that the Lodge brand is just as pretty and long-lasting as Le Creuset and less than half the price. No need to pay the hefty price for LC now that they’re made in China. NWe’ve had ours for three years and use it regularly for soups, chili, and chicken and dumplings – love it. I’m much too scared of leaving a heating element plugged in all day to use a crock pot.

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By: Happy Weekend | Pretty Morning http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395879 Happy Weekend | Pretty Morning Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:37:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395879 [...] Do you really need a crock pot? [...]

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By: bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395741 bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:31:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395741 P.S. I’ve wanted one of these for a LONG time but we have a glass cooktop (no gass in our area BOO!), and I have never gotten a straight answer on if these work on a glass stovetop. Anyone know?

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By: bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395738 bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:20:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395738 … and it’s SO much cuter to boot :)

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By: bdaiss http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395578 bdaiss Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:10:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395578 Yup, right with you girls. Crock pot is essential to those of us working outside the home. And I have a bunch of recipes I prep all at once on a weekend, toss in the freezer, then just pop one straight from the freezer into the crockpot, and head to work. Perfect dinner and lovely smelling home when I walk back in the door that night. And the kids aren’t biting my ankles dying from hunger while I try to cook something at lighting speed. Time, ankle, and sanity saver!

Plus – who can afford those perfectly pretty dutch ovens the world is trying to convince us we need?

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By: Ginger http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395367 Ginger Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:56:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395367 I love my 5 1/2 quart gray oval Le Cruset…..Love! Love! Love! As much as one can love an inanimate object, I love this.
There is nothing that can not be cooked in this pot! Scrambled Eggs, while the bread it getting warm and crusty in the oven, and orange marmalaide (sp) and greek feta cheese, and fresh tomato…..Can you say Yum?

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395264 Amy Hackworth Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:59:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395264 This is one of my favorite sentences I’ve read all week, Raleigh-Elizabeth!!

“I’ve served these casseroles to hifalutin urbanites on raw diets who have gobbled them up like there’s no tomorrow.”

Perfect!

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395171 Sarah Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:15:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395171 As a busy mom I’ve always thought it was essential too. But the more my husband and I learn about GOOD cooking, the LESS we use our slow cooker! Pinterest seems to be plauged by seemingly delicious crock pot recieps, but in reality they never deliver as promised. I think it’s time for us to get a dutch oven since we essentially use our crock pot as one. You know, browning on stove etc and then using the crockpot.

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By: Martha Frances http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395158 Martha Frances Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:01:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395158 Great comments! I use my crock pot less and less just because I like to have more texture to my food and I always seem to overcook everything to soup/mush in it.

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By: Kay http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395153 Kay Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:11:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395153 I gave away my slow cooker and now just use a dutch oven. When I want to do long slow cooking.. for example cooking chick peas or a stew, I cook the for 10 minutes in the dutch oven and then pop the whole dutch oven into an insulated box (I use an old insulated bag lined with newspapers, and covered with a woolen blanket). I can leave it to cook for the day if I am not cooking meat, or for about 4 hours if I am. it is safe, cheap and saves energy.

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By: Colleen http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395139 Colleen Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395139 Timely post. I’ve just experimented with several much-touted crockpot recipes over the last couple of weeks and was very underwhelmed. Chicken just tastes gross after sitting in a crockpot all day. Plus I have a weird aversion to smelling food all day long. Now I think I need a dutch oven.

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By: Sonya http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395114 Sonya Wed, 10 Oct 2012 01:02:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395114 I own both a Le Creuset French oven and a crock pot. I love both. I love that I can throw everything in a crock pot before work and come home and have dinner (and it smells delicious the minute I walk in the door from work. I also love using my French oven on the weekends – or when I have more time, to make more involved, time-consuming dishes. Also, my French oven is blue and it’s pretty and I have been collecting Le Creuset pieces for about 5 years now, both new and older, well-used pieces that I can find. I love the idea that I am cooking in what some other person’s grandma may have used for years to put family meals on the table.

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By: heather http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395106 heather Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:49:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395106 Just more proof that you read my mind before you start a blog post. Thank YOU! And btw…I look forward to your “Living with Children” posts every single week. I read them when my kids are quiet with a cup of coffee and I smile the whole time. :)

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By: Becky http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395084 Becky Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:55:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395084 Crock pots are great for quick weeknight meals, when I know I’ll be exhausted after work (and with two kiddos, it’s not like I can just eat popcorn and call it dinner anymore like I used to back in the day).
In my mind, dutch ovens (is there a difference between a Dutch and a French oven?) are for luxurious, comforting meals when I have the time to actually stay home and cook.
But there’s no need to be worried about leaving the house for hours on end with a crock-pot running – just buy a lamp timer! You know, those things that people use to turn their lights on and off while they’re on vacation so burglars think someone is home. You can get them at most hardware stores.
Mine cost about $15, and I can program the time it turns on and off. I plug the crock pot into the lamp timer, the lamp timer into the outlet, and voila – the crockpot starts dinner about four hours after I leave for work and finishes about a half hour before I get home. Easy-peasy, no more overcooked pork and no worries about having an appliance run for 10 hours straight because I worked a little late.

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By: Meagan C http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/do-i-really-need-a-crock-pot/comment-page-1/#comment-395083 Meagan C Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:43:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=24152#comment-395083 Thank you for this post! I got a crock pot and a french oven at the same time- for my wedding. While I use my french oven almost daily, after 2 years I haven’t been able to figure out why I don’t like my crock pot. You have hit the nail on the head. Thank you- I think I’ll head to good will with it soon.

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