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Old 09-09-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Mini Slow Cooker / Crockpot

I found a great deal on a mini (1.5 qt) slow cooker / crockpot for $14.99 (half price).

Product: Proctor-Silex® 1.5-qt. Red Oval Slow Cooker

I'm debating whether to get this or not, not sure if it makes sense for the trailer. I think it would be great for a meal for two, but I'm not sure how to convert a regular crockpot recipe to one for a small one. And there really doesn't seem to be any cookbooks out there for the small one.

Any recipes or ideas for a small crockpot?

Also, use code FREESHIP if you order this item to get free shipping. I don't guarantee the code will work, it worked yesterday for my sister. Also, code ONLINESEP25 might get you an additional $1.50 off this item as well.
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Any recipes or ideas for a small crockpot?
One idea. Cook in a bigger crock pot at home, and refrigerate or freeze single-serving portions. Then use the small crock pot to reheat one portion at a time. I've done that for years with my small crock pot, even before I bought my Airstream.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #3
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One idea. Cook in a bigger crock pot at home, and refrigerate or freeze single-serving portions. Then use the small crock pot to reheat one portion at a time. I've done that for years with my small crock pot, even before I bought my Airstream.
Good idea! In fact, great idea! Thank you.
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I have a mini crockpot. I bought it for the trailer, but now it's in the house, it's such a handy little thing. It is a great size for two with little or no leftovers. Just split regular crockpot recipes in half. Another great tip is crockpot liners. Makes clean-up a snap! Cleaning the darn thing where stuff has gotten baked on the sides is the worst, especially in the trailer!
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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but I'm not sure how to convert a regular crockpot recipe to one for a small one. And there really doesn't seem to be any cookbooks out there for the small one.

Any recipes or ideas for a small crockpot?
Way back when, I was taught to change the size of a recipe by dividing (or multiplying) the quantity of each item in the recipe. For example, if the small crockpot is one third the size of the big one, you use only one third as much of each ingredient.

It works for most things, but I will admit that it's hard to crack half an egg. You can get around that particular problem by using Egg Beaters (2 oz. = 1 egg). Also, I find that with some ingredients, the exact amount isn't really critical and you can use a little extra or a little less and never taste the difference.

I do carry a small crockpot in our Airstream--$9 at WalMart--bottom of closet in it's original box. So far, I've only used it for beans to go with a cookout, but it's worked just fine.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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Just a suggestion. I've been using a pressure cooker a LOT lately. It's a cuisinart and it's digital. However, you can get several stainless steel ones. They are much, much safer than the types we grew up with. I plan on getting the pot type for the Airstream. Since it takes less energy to heat up, I would think you could use less propane. Also, things cook super fast. Sometimes I can cut my time by 90%. I can cook chicken stock from a carcase in 1 hours instead of 12. The pot can be used for other cooking as well. I've done several beef stews with it as well. You can put dry beans in it and have them ready in less than an hour.

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Old 09-09-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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crock pot temp. are usually 200 degrees on LOW setting and 300 degrees on HIGH. We carry a deep electric skillet, and knowing the temps use it both ways.
Also someone mentioned a pressure cooker, check out the Can Cooker. I have had good results with it. I have the small, but at times wish I had the large. The small is good for up to 6 persons.

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I have a 1qt, I think, little one in the Interstate.

We have used ours more for things that need a long, slow, heating period. Like baked beans with smoked sausage, sauerkraut and sausage, etc. Put it on early afternoon, by suppertime it's ready.

I think you could safely put chicken, beef, or a stew of some sort in there, and it would be fine. Protag's idea of cooking ahead and reheating is good, too.

I remember the original crockpots, 40 or so years ago, where you actually could leave something to cook for 12 hours.

My experience with the new-fangled ones is 6-8 hours, max, even on low.


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I've recently purchased a kitchen item that can replace a bunch of gadgets. It's call an Instant Pot IP-DUO60. Rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, yogurt maker, and more. It even has a sauté setting so I can brown meat for a stew before putting the top on to pressure cook, so only one pot to clean.

I little pricey at around $130, but the space savings it great. Check the reviews on Amazon, most everyone is very pleased with them. The stainless steel inner pot is super easy to clean.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions, I appreciate your input.
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Tomy, I've been looking at those all in ones...how's it working out for you?


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I'm still loving mine. The stainless steel insert is removable and so easy to clean. You do have to adjust the cooking time on other pressure cooker recipes, because this unit operates at 11 PSI, whereas stovetop units are usually 15-20 PSI. But it is easy to get the hang of. There are cooking time charts on their website.
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Hey Time2Play, I am single and have often cooked in a slow-cooker for ease of timing, etc., on scheduling. There is a book I got years ago, The Best Slow Cooker Cookbook Ever by Natalie Haughton. In it there is a discussion of size. As others have stated already. Keep the rest for another meal. The recommended size in the book is a 3.5 quart at minimum. The reason is that most recipes are written for 3.5 or 5 qt models and some are difficult to cut down. She concludes that if you are going to buy only one model- get a 3.5 or 4 qt model. The only caveat is that springform pans for desserts will only fit a 5 quart. It depends on what all you will do with it. By the reviews, the book is not liked too much but I will attest that most items are easy find- not necessarily wholesome but often canned and are set for cooking on high. You can cook on low for longer times. I have a 3.5 and a croquette (mini) and do most anything. I have only made one dessert ever in a slow cooker. You end up in a 3.5 with about 4-5 servings depending on what it is but hey, then there's the microwave and no cook nights to look forward to.

Tomy, that is one cool gadget. Like it. Anything Pot- just make sure you press the correct button or else!

I got a flash oven and really enjoy it. No preheating, etc.
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Instant Pot is coming out with a new model that has Bluetooth and a smartphone app:

Instant Pot Launches the World’s First Bluetooth® Smart Connected Smartcooker at CES 2014 | Instant Pot®
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