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Hamilton Beach 33265 6-Quart Programmable Cool-Surround Slow Cooker

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  • Cool-surround base keeps the sides cool
  • Sear or brown meat on your stovetop then finish meal in your slow cooker
  • Nonstick aluminum insert pan
  • Reduced energy consumption - our most energy efficient slow cooker
  • Simple programmability - just set the time and temperature
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Length 8 inches 10.25 inches 10.44 inches 12 inches
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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 16 x 16.2 inches ; 8 pounds
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Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker - 33265

 Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker - 33265

Everyone hates the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” Slow cookers solve this dilemma that every family faces on weeknights. With a slow cooker in your cooking arsenal, coming home to a hot, table-ready dinner is as simple as adding ingredients in the morning.

A slow cooker brings a “no-watch” convenience to preparing meals, but many worry about the hot exteriors when picking up the appliance. The Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has this problem solved. Its base is insulated to help keep most of the heat on the inside, where it’s needed most. Along with its cool design, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker is equipped with a nonstick removable pan that goes on the stovetop for easy browning. More lightweight than traditional stoneware, the aluminum insert pan offers cooks the benefit of fast, even heating on the stovetop and eliminates the need to clean a second pan afterwards.

Not only is the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker full of smart ideas to make life easier, it was also designed with simple programmability in mind. An intuitive control panel makes setting the time and temperature a simple matter of pressing a few buttons, and the cooker’s even heating performance ensures that meals come out the way you want them to: tender and delicious.

PRODUCT FEATURE BENEFITS

  1. Insulated base has cooler sides than the leading competitor
  2. Cool-touch base handles
  3. Nonstick pan removes for easy browning and searing on the stovetop
  4. 6 quart aluminum insert pan fits a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roast
  5. Reduced energy consumption; our most energy-efficient slow cooker
  6. Simple programmability with +/- buttons for temperature and large, easy-to-read heat buttons for OFF, HIGH, LOW & WARM
  7. The glass lid is dishwasher safe and the insert pan is nonstick so baked-on foods are wiped away easily
  8. Wraparound, even heat cooks food evenly and consistently
  9. Questions are supported by a toll-free call center located in the U.S.
  10. Backed with a one-year warranty

PRODUCT USES AND DETAILS

Simple Programmability

The Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has simple buttons for selecting the cooking time and temperature and either one can be adjusted anytime, even after you start cooking. During the cooking cycle, the countdown display on the control panel shows the remaining time so you can see it at a glance. When the cooking time is up, the slow cooker automatically switches to WARM. If you forget to turn the slow cooker OFF for any reason, the unit will automatically shut off after 14 hours of total cooking time.

Stovetop Searing

Many recipes recommend browning or searing meat prior to slow cooking. While this step is not required, it can enhance the meal’s flavor. To make browning easy, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker has a removable, stovetop-safe pan. This insert pan is made of nonstick aluminum, so it heats quickly and evenly and is perfect for browning. When you brown or sear food, the delicious flavor you start on your stovetop will improve the taste of your finished meal.

Designed by Consumers, For Consumers

At Hamilton Beach, every appliance has to perform well for consumers before it ever makes it onto the shelf. As we design products, we seek out honest feedback and opinions from a variety of sources. Now that’s Good Thinking.®

Our research revealed that consumers are frustrated with hot surface temperatures on slow cookers. With that in mind, we developed a plastic body with handles that are fully integrated into the design. As a result, the aluminum pan is nestled entirely inside the insulated housing as food cooks, so the sides and the handles remain cooler to the touch.

We also identified several innovation opportunities for the slow cooker’s inside. Traditional crocks are heavy and are not stovetop safe. Since many slow cooker recipes call for browning on the stovetop, people need a separate pan to cook with — and clean. To avoid that inconvenience, the Insulated Programmable Slow Cooker is equipped with a lighter, stovetop-safe aluminum pan with nonstick performance.

SLOW COOKER TIPS

For those new to the slow cooking method, there are a few things you should know. First, how high you fill the crock (also called the insert pan, stoneware, cookware or vessel) is important. To prevent overcooking, the crock should be filled anywhere from half full up to no more than one inch from the rim. Leave more room when cooking with liquid. When cooking soups or stews, leave a 2-inch (5 cm) space between the top of the crock and the food so the recipe can come to a simmer.

Secondly, lifting the lid during cooking will cause the crock to lose heat and it will take longer for your meal to cook. Unless your recipe specifically calls for stirring, resist lifting the lid. Last but not least, if you want to store leftovers after cooking, do NOT place the entire crock in the refrigerator. Contents will take too long to cool. Instead, divide leftovers into smaller containers and then place in the refrigerator.

Cooking Meat

A slow cooker is great for foods that are not naturally tender, like meat. Similar to braising, slow cookers tenderize meat slowly as it cooks. Cuts such as chuck roast, pork butt, short ribs or chicken thigh produce great results. These are the least-expensive cuts but also the most flavorful. If fat is an issue, refrigerate the contents after cooking and skim off the extra fat before serving. Note: you must thaw frozen meat and poultry before adding it to the slow cooker.

Cooking Side Dishes or Dessert

Main courses, soups and "one-pot" meals are not the only things that slow cookers are great for preparing. They are also perfect for making side dishes and dessert, especially when your main oven is full. Check out the recipes found at www.HamiltonBeach.com that were developed and tested by the culinary experts in the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen.

How to Adapt Recipes

You can convert your favorite recipes to slow cooker recipes if you learn these important differences first:

  • Liquids do not evaporate in a slow cooker. So unless you are cooking rice, pasta, or beans, reduce amount of liquid to 1/2 of the amount called for in your recipe.
  • Fresh vegetables produce more desirable results than canned and frozen vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables take less time to cook and can produce overcooked dishes.
  • Potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic should be washed and cut in uniform pieces, then placed in the bottom of the crock.
  • Ground beef should be browned and drained before slow cooking to remove grease.
  • Tender foods such as pasta, asparagus and snow peas should be added in the last hour of cooking.
  • Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and sour cream should be added in the last half hour of cooking.
  • Seafood such as shrimp, scallops, and fish should be added in the last 15-30 minutes of cooking.
Time Conversion Chart

Fill your slow cooker at least 2/3 full and use this chart to adapt your recipes:

Conventional Recipe Time Slow Cooker Time on High Slow Cooker Time on Low
30 minutes 1.5-2 hours 3-4 hours
1-2 hours 4-5 hours 8-9 hours

CARE AND CLEANING

Do not use metal utensils, abrasive cleansers or metal scouring pads on the aluminum insert pan. The glass lid is dishwasher safe. However, as with most aluminum pans and cookware, hand washing is recommended for the aluminum pan. To clean the base, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the cord, plug or base in any liquid.

About the Brand

From the way you prepare beverages and food to the care you take to maintain your air quality and clothing, Hamilton Beach® appliances are there, making your life easier. Try one and see for yourself why the brand has been famous for quality electric appliances since 1911.

Which Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is Right for You?

Hamilton Beach logo Manual Slow Cookers Programmable Slow Cookers
33262 Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33135 3-in-1 Slow Cooker with 2, 4, and 6-Quart Crocks 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker 33969 Set and Forget 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33265 6-Quart Programmable Insulated Slow Cooker
33262 Stay or Go 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33135 3-in-1 Slow Cooker with 2, 4, and 6-Quart Crocks 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker 33969 Set and Forget 6-Quart Slow Cooker 33265 6-Quart Programmable Insulated Slow Cooker
Quart Size 6 Quart Interchangable 2, 4, and 6-Quart Crocks 6 Quart 6 Quart 6 Quart
Clips for easy, no spill portability    
Removable stovetop safe insert for searing and browning        
Advanced Programmable Mode    
Probe for checking internal meat temperature      
Digital Display    
Additional Features   Adjustable cooking capacity- pick your quart size for each meal     Insulated cool wall base and cool-touch base handles


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Cleaning up is also very easy as the pot is nonstick.
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I absolutely love how the outside of this pot only get's warm to the touch, not hot enough to burn your hand.
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Love t he fact that you can brown your meat on t op of stove right in insert.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Teri on April 27, 2013
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For over 30 years I've used a round, crock pot. It cooks well, but I never liked roasting whole chickens vertically. I decided to look for an oval crockpot, and after searching, I chose this HB model because like to brown meats before cooking them, and, since this model allows you to brown meats on the stove, in the same pot, it was great for my needs. Another plus is that the outside of the unit stays cool while cooking which is important to me because I have grandchildren that love to help me in the kitchen. Programming the cooker is super easy. Choose the low or high temp and choose how long you want it to cook. It works great for my needs.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sheraldon on May 4, 2013
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Would have liked to have it be a programmable unit to set at a later "start time" when I head off to work but with the warming feature it works nicely just the same. As advertised, stays cool to the touch which I really like. Also nice is the fact you can prepare your meal the night before and just put the insert right into the fridge then pop it back into the unit when you're ready to turn it on.
Takes up a bit more space on the counter but all in all it's a really nice slow cooker..........Also very easy clean up, just fill the insert with soapy water, let set a bit then sponge out and you're done.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ledbetter on March 17, 2013
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I love this slow cooker. Because it has a metal "crock", I can prepare next days dinner, put it in the 'fridge overnight. I can pull it out and start the pot the next morning without fear of cracking my crock. A little pricy, but it does exactly what I needed.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Smerud on December 28, 2013
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The Hamilton Beach 33265 has all the basic features a slow cooker needs. It has the essential warming feature, so dishes automatically stay warm if you're running late. Timing can be programmed in half-hour increments. The glass lid lets you see the progress. A vent in the lid keeps it from rattling as steam escapes. The non-stick lift-out insert allows searing on a range, and then simply set it in the slow cooker, saving the effort of cleaning a separate skillet. Hamilton Beach claims the insert and lid can be washed in the dishwasher.

However, the quality of the features is a little lacking. The lift out insert handles may get too hot for some people. The non-stick lift-out insert is a thin metal that will not conduct heat as evenly a most skillets. On my first cooking effort, the non-stick coating bubbled a little on the sides, and a pinhead size of non-stick broke off of the bottom. Soap suds will get under the handle when cleaning the lid. While claimed to be dishwasher safe, the insert does not seem sufficiently durable to be washed in the dishwasher.

Separate from the product itself, it is worth evaluating if the convenience of saving the effort of cleaning a skillet is worth it. For example, a skilet has a large surface area for caramelizing onion, and produces a result you won't get by browning on a smaller non-stick surface of the insert. It can take less time to clean a separate pan than it takes to stand over the slow cooker insert, and you'll get a better result with the separate skillet.

Overall, the Hamilton Beach provides a lot of features at a reasonable cost. In balancing all the factors, I would recommend a different slow cooker with a ceramic insert.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emerald Hope on November 9, 2013
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This is the best slow cooker I've had in years. Love that it can go from the stove or fridge right into the unit. One caution..... When you wipe down the front of the machine, the lettering on the buttons comes off. It's still a good product. We marked the buttons just to make sure no one forgets which is which. I've bought two others as gifts and highly recommend this product.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K.L. on October 7, 2013
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Love this crock pot, it is impossible to cook a bad meal with it. Very easy to clean and cooks everything tender and delicious. It does however cook faster than stated so if it says 8 hours plan on 6 Unless you have it filled to the top with food. Otherwise It is an awesome crock pot. Another bonus is it is not heavy and it looks nice on the counter. Really have enjoyed it. Bought one for my daughter and she is very happy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe on October 14, 2013
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This is a fabulous slow cooker. It is just the right size. The inner "crock" goes right on the stove for browning onions, etc before the other ingredients are added. Then the "crock" pops into the slow cooker. No need to dirty a fry pan. I usually preheat everything on the stove to get the cooker off to a fast start, then I cook in the slow cooker on low. The high setting really cooks fast. Everyone has their own way. As I'm gone most of the day, this works for me. The handles are insulated and large enough to handle a full crock. The inner metal "crock" is no stick, and washes up in a flash. I had to buy some nylon utensils to keep the crock from getting scratched and so far, it looks like new. Yesterday I did chicken breast chunks in a hot mango sauce with diced tomatoes and Indian spices. Today I have a split pea soup going.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Hickerson on October 2, 2013
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I love this crockpot. The sides remain cool even after 6 hours of cooking. The pot itself can be removed for cleaning and is not breakable. Meals can be prepared in advance in the pot, refrigerated, then placed in the heat element for cooking. I also love the digital countdown read-out.
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