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not so slow
on September 8, 2006
Bought this after looking at quite a lot of other options, and after reading all these reviews (thanks guys!) - $99 isn't necessarily cheap for a slow cooker.
The retractable cord is a great idea, makes the cooker a little more counter friendly and storage that much simpler (not having to wrap the cord around the cooker or stick it in the pot for storage).
This and the rectangular shape does make storage a lot easier - somehow round pots just don't seem to be as packable & stackable as square ones.
The lid seems under done - given the heft of the rest of the unit, it's not perfectly fitted to the pot, so you lose more steam than I'd like.
The pot is heavy, I can see why some people have had cracking issues, you'll need to be careful with the 'hot meets cold' problem. Be patient, let the thing cool all the way before dumping it in the sink, don't add 'fridge cold' or frozen things to the pot when it's cooking.
That said, the weight of the pot means you will get a nice even temperature.
I did find that the cooker appeared to be faster than expected: I followed a couple of recipes from the book and they were obviously done before the time expected. I'll work around that by adding more water so as not to dry things out.
The steel 'box' itself is nice enough, there were a few spots on the unit that were hotter than others, which I did not expect (as in, warm Vs. ouch!) but then again, I don't suppose you're meant to be moving the thing around when it's in use...