|Submited By: Doctor.Generosity on 06/26/2010|
I m a guy who likes to cook but I never used a slow-cooker before. I got interested because I heard the labor and cleanup was less, and I would use less oil and salt and live longer. Since there are usually only two of us for dinner, I looked first for a small capacity (2 qt) unit. But I m glad I did not do that and instead bought this product with 2,4 and 6 qt inserts. In fact, so far, I have only used the 6 qt insert! Once you toss in a chicken, and vegetables and rice, you need a large capacity. And also it s more in the spirit of labor-saving slow cooking; you will have food for days. (I do think I will use the 2qt for oatmeal or rice pudding in the winter.) Another advantage of this design, because of the three possible inserts, is that the Hamilton gives more choices on heating rates. Each of the settings High and Low can be selected by buttons for 2,4 or 6 qt fills, which means six heat levels in all. And although it s not officially approved in the manual to use the 2qt on the 6qt-High setting to speed things up on occasion, or the 6qt insert on the 2qt-Low to slow it way down, you don t have to worry that the Slow Cooker Police are going to bust into your kitchen and arrest you. They will never know.
I also bought a giant cookbook "Fix-It and Forget It" by Phyllis Good with 1400 Slow-Cooker recipes. This is full of middle-America comfort food things like hamburger rice casserole or chili cornbread. No fancy gur-may city food here. More like Iowa Sunday dinner, with jello and 3-bean salads as side dishes. Now I intend to try all these recipes, one a week, which will take just under 27 years. So let s check the longevity angle at the same time. I m 68 now; see my full report here on Amazon when I m 95. Heh heh.