I cook with this for my girlfriend and I all the time, but there are definitely always leftovers. I never cook with it less than about 2/3 or more full, so I don't know about that. We do love it though, so I'd recommend it.
I don't think so. It's just me and my wife and we love left over pot roast. I make 4 1/2 to 5 lbs roasts in there. With the potatoes, the carrots, the added stock and juices from the cooking, it fills it up. I'm glad I didn't get a smaller one. I would have to limit my chunks of meat to 3 lbs max. I haven't heard anything about the 1/2 or 2/3 rule but our dishes come out tasting good and not dry. The trick is to sear the meat before putting it in the pot.
It's just me and the hubby and I bought this and find it to be great. If you look at recipes,they call for a 5 -6qt.slow cooker. I have had no problems and usually when you slow cook you usually end up with more liquid in the pot then with what you started out with.Having the extra space in the crock pot is a good thing. No worries of coming home to see "spillage" all over the place! Hope this helps.
It should be OK. We generally fill ours half full and refrigerate leftovers, and it works fine. This is our "extra" crock-pot that we use during our Sunday cooking sessions when we cook for the week ahead.
I dont think so. Youll have leftovers but thats not a bad thing. Plus we end up filling it 3/4 to make a lot more than we need to take for lunch. You could always fill it up only half way and it would make a lot less.
Its just me and my girlfriend for dinners and this works fine. Although most of the time we do have left overs. Most recipes we have made come up to the half way point if not 3/4 (pulled chicken, pulled pork, chilli, french dip). The only dish that didn't come up to half way was a spinach artichoke dip which was about 1/4 full but came out fine.