Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 5-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker
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- Removable cast aluminum cookware offers even heating and nonstick performance
- Oval shape is perfect size for 6-pound chicken or two 3-pound roasts
- Brown meat and finish cooking in the same pan
- Comes with a glass lid
- Stainless steel exterior
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The aluminum pot's walls and bottom are about half an inch think and distribute heat evenly. I expected to find hot spots because it's oblong and my burners are round. That wasn't a problem. I've simmered marinara sauce directly on the stove top and haven't noticed any difference in temperature between the center of the pot and either end. I've also used it on the stove top to cook lasagna noodles. It's large enough to roast a whole chicken.
Sometimes slow cookers finish their cycles with everything done well, but with too much liquid left in the pot. With this one, I can just set the pot on a burner and quickly thicken the sauce.
All "modern" slow cookers cook food to hotter temperatures in faster times than the old slow-cookers of yore. The trouble these days is finding a slow-cooker that does not get too hot...too fast; this defeats the entire purpose of buying a "slow-cooker" in the first place.
I recently tried another brand of cooker that, when set on "low," brought a full load of water to a rolling boil in less than 2 hours! This is unacceptable for a slow cooker. If you expect to leave such a "fast-cooker" for a full work day, your meal will be petrified when you return.
I tested this slow cooker by checking the temperature of a full pot of water as it heated on "Low" over a 6 1/2 hour period. The GRAPH OF THE RESULTS is available in the product pictures at the top of the listing. In summary, this slow cooker heated a full load of room-temperature water to a temperature of approximately 205 degrees Fahrenheit over the test period. This seems to indicate that this particular appliance will be less prone to overcooking in a given time period than some other slow-cooker models, though it will still cook faster than a "vintage" slow-cooker!
In comparison, my 35-year-old vintage slow-cooker reaches a maximum temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit over a 12-HOUR period when set on "Low." My old "vintage" cooker will not ruin a meal during a workday. However, slow-cookers that actually cook "slow" seem to be unavailable these days, due to the manufacturers yammering with the heat controls.
By starting off with refrigerator-cold ingredients (instead of water at 74 degrees, as I did), you can probably manage to cook a decent meal in a normal 9-10 hour workday with this thing.
I love the two sets of handles, the nice space between the base and insert edge, the steam vent in the glass lid. It would benefit from pour spout in the center of the insert.
The metal lid handle gets hot, watch the fingers. I would like 7 qts, but I over fill everything so the bigger it is the more I will fill it anyway.
I recommed this with no reservations; shades of Cook's Illustrated...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This modest, cheap slow cooker worked well while I had it. There were no problems getting it up to proper heat like some others seemed to have. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vincent Rubinetti
I have cooked a chicken, turkey breast, and beef roast. Very tender after four hours on high. No timer, but you can plug it into a cheap timer.Published 20 months ago by zztop
Do not pay $200 for this item! The only main difference between this slow cooker with removable aluminum stovetop insert and the 6 quart version is that the 6 qt version has a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by bennett scher
This is the ultimate easy crock pot. Use the liner on the stove to brown meat, place in cooker, set on high and the way you go. I had to buy another one for a xmas gift. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Susan
This is the only crockpot I would ever buy! Being able to brown meat in the same pot is the only way I would take the time to do it. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by sfquilts
Best slow cooker we've ever had. The all metal pot inside that allows you to brown on the stove before slow cooking, without another pan, is a great feature and works really well. Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by AWolf
The best part of this slow cooker is you can cook the meat on the stove top before slow cooking it. That way all the flavor stays in the pot and isn't lost in the transferPublished on April 22, 2014 by Mr. D