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Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS

thank you for your comments--it is a puzzlement as to why CI raved about how it wouldn't get that hot, when clearly it does and it's designed that way. I didn't pay that much for mine, so I'll probably keep it--but maybe I should have spent the money getting my oven calibrated so it's not cooking 40 degrees too cool, in which case my dutch oven would be perfectly fine sitting in there at 200 degrees...

Apr 04, 2014
Ravenlyn01 in Cookware

Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS

Here is a further response from Crock Pot:

"The unit is not defective because it suppose to boil on high or low. The temperature will be between 209-215 on the low and high settings and this is perfectly normal. The food is cooking so it will boil just make sure you have the correct food and liquid ratio in the unit."

So in other words...it will boil the food. I will have to see whether changing the ratio of food to liquid can allow it to get up to 195 or so (so the collagen can melt) and keep it there, or whether I can use different ratios of low vs. high vs. "keep warm" (which goes up to 170). If anyone is as overly concerned about the mystery of crock-pots and precision cooking as I apparently am, I'd welcome your obsessive thoughts!

Apr 04, 2014
Ravenlyn01 in Cookware

Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS

This is the one Cook's Illustrated said would stay between 190 and 212. Mine was boiling the liquid. I contacted Crock-Pot, who said they were designed to get to 209, which made me wonder if I have witnessed a miracle of physics.

Before I exchange or return this one, I was just wondering if anyone has this model and finds that it doesn't boil.

Apr 03, 2014
Ravenlyn01 in Cookware

marshall field butter cookies with pink frosting?

No one came up with the recipe, but I think I have figured it out, after several attempts. In April, I'm going to bring my final guess to my friend and see what she thinks. The frosting is Italian meringue, colored pink, with no flavor other than a little vanilla, and I think the cookies are icebox cookies--the kind you roll up and then slice. I understand there should be a fair amount of frosting to each cookie, and you need that crumbly texture, but it's not a shortbread. If you try it, let me know! I will report back after I see what she says.

Mar 14, 2014
Ravenlyn01 in Chicago Area

Dehydrator ideas?

You may be sorry you asked by now! Along with much of the below, I also buy organic Black Angus beef liver from my local farmer, cut it up small, and make liver treats for my dog. It works best if I do really thin sheets or pieces on the screen, which makes easy "snapping" lines so I can break them even smaller.

Oct 14, 2013
Ravenlyn01 in Home Cooking

marshall field butter cookies with pink frosting?

A friend has been on an eternal quest for the cookies she had at Marshall Field as a child. I can't find a recipe anywhere, even in the MF cookbooks that are available. Does anyone have a recipe, or, could you describe the frosting to me? Did it have a flavor? Was it a butter cream frosting, or icing? What size and shape were the cookies?

I want to surprise her for her birthday, which is why I'm not asking her...

Mar 22, 2013
Ravenlyn01 in Chicago Area