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Slow Cooker woes

so I think I need to return this 6 qt cooker and get a smaller one based on all your advice. Last question.... which one should I get?

I really like the features on the Hamilton Beach ones that have the temp probe and the side clamps to lock in the steam, but they only appear to be available on 6 qt models.

Does anyone have a smaller slow cooker that at least has a timer and auto-switches to warm that they love?

Oct 18, 2012
beej210 in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker woes

so this crock pot that I have also switches to warm after the cooking time, but is it ok to cook something on low for 6 hours then have it sit on warm for another 4?

Oct 17, 2012
beej210 in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker woes

Thanks for all the replies.

So basically you have to cook most things 6-8 hours, so instead of cooking all day while I'm gone, I can set it the night before and turn it off when I wake up.

Now... am I using the wrong size cooker? Depending on the night there's between 2-4 of us, but even when I put my 2lb pork roast in there it didn't even cover the bottom! Should I get a smaller one?

Oct 17, 2012
beej210 in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker woes

We just got a slow cooker

and have had nothing but problems with the first 2 things we tried. The first dish was chicken thighs, and the 2nd dish was a pork roast. Both times the edges of the meat that are on top come out totally dried out, brown, and crusted over. Both times, I've left the slow cooker on low for about 9 hours, then on warm for another hour.

I've heard that you need to fill the slow cooker 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full, which I'll never get a 6.5qt crock pot that full.

Am I doing something wrong, do I have the wrong size, help please! I've been following these recipes exactly as I am totally new to a slow cooker.

Also, if any of you have recipes that I can leave on for 10+ hours (as I leave for work at 7:30 and don't want to eat dinner till at least 6:30) that would be great.

Thanks in advance for the help

Oct 16, 2012
beej210 in Home Cooking

Help! What am I missing?

looking for good staples that NYC is famous for. Wife and I will be up there next week (so I know I'm behind on getting reservations) and looking for your best recommendation that is quintessential NYC. Here's what we have planned so far:

Wed - Puttanesca for Pre-Theater dinner
Thursday - Red Egg
Friday - Crispo
Saturday - Tao for Pre-Theater Dinner
Sunday - ???? Help what am I missing here

For lunches, we were thinking about Katz's (for the experience), Sarge's (for the food quality), some falfel place, and need 2 more rec's here as well.

We're from Dallas, so we have excellent steak here, and after NY going up to the Cape so will get all the seafood we can handle up there.


Aug 29, 2012
beej210 in Manhattan

Chinese before Theater

Need a recommendation for a good Chinese spot on a Saturday night before seeing a show. I was thinking Lan Sheng, but they don't take reservations for 2 people and I'm worried about getting in without one.

Any other recommendations?


Aug 28, 2012
beej210 in Manhattan

Best Italian/Chinese/Jewish Deli Food in NYC

My wife and I will be coming to NYC in the beginning of September, and I haven't been to the city in over 20 years.

I'm looking for some good Italian, chinese, and jewish deli food while I'm there. To be more specific, I don't need fancy, I just want the best, even if it's a hole in the wall place.

Italian - just the best pasta all homemade
Chinese - best orange chicken, fried rice, etc
deli - best corned beef, matzo ball soup, knishes

What are your top 3 choices in each category?

Thanks in advance for the help!

Aug 26, 2012
beej210 in Manhattan

American Sushi in Oahu??

Can someone recommend some good American style sushi in Oahu for lunch? Most of the places I'm seeing on the board are omakase style. I'm looking for a place with a large selection of rolls, some good toro, butterfish, etc.

Thanks for the help!

May 18, 2012
beej210 in Hawaii