So you see, I never really wanted to own a crockpot, but then again I never really wanted to work while the kids were still living at home either. But… since I do work and some nights it means I’m not home at the dinner hour, I have a crockpot now so that I can be sure they eat something relatively healthy. Though they did finish that bag of peanut M&M’s yesterday, so they got some protein. 😉
The crockpot I have had for several years is the one that I acquired from Camp Lycopodia when it closed. I was the last troop to camp there and since my mother’s troop had provided a good portion of the cooking supplies when they re-did the kitchen for their Silver Award, I brought home most of that stuff and put it in my camping supplies. That crockpot is a Rival crockpot, small, and the pot is permanent – cannot be removed for washing. That is fine, I learned about the crockpot liners thanks to the Cloverleaf Band moms who used them in the crockpots during basketball concessions for sloppy joe.
So, that is what I have been using for a couple years. It works, it is just small-ish. So, I don’t ever cook anything large.
My mother went to an auction recently and got me a LARGE crockpot. A Wolfgang Puck crockpot. The pot is removable. It has a digital touchpad (instead of a dial) and is all modern and stainless steel. Whoo-hoo.
So today, I try the new crockpot with a pork and bean recipe. I’ll share that recipe later if we like it. 🙂
Problem with the new crockpot…. it gets hot!! Very hot!! The metal outer pot gets too hot to touch. In fact the handles are almost too hot to touch. It is only set on low but WOW! I definitely cannot leave anything close to it on the counter. The old, rinky-dink crockpot… cooked on the inside only, the outside did not get hot to the touch. Not sure I’m happy about this.
I still used the liner because, let’s be honest, it is still easier to clean up and if you know how dishes work in this household, you know why I use the liners. I am thankful that dishes are not in my realm of responsibility, so I don’t mind using the liners to ensure that I can cook again next week if the pot doesn’t get washed.