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Old 09-25-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Our cp is not working correctly, it will only cook on high, the low feature is not working. We use it several times a month, mostly to make pulled pork, or a pot roast type meal. We use it all year round, as in the summer, we do not use the oven at all. I also like that I can store it in the cupboard, as counter space is limited.

Should I replace it with another crock pot or something different like an instant pot? I am looking for ideas.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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https://www.amazon.com/West-Bend-849...nd+slow+cooker


I have two of these in a different color.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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https://www.amazon.com/West-Bend-849...nd+slow+cooker


I have two of these in a different color.
Thank you, we don't have an electric griddle, so that would be a nice addition.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:30 AM
 
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I will use both at the same time for beef roast and pork roast and I literally take the pot off of the base and put it directly on the gas burner on the stove and make gravy.
Great for any soup or stew and anything else you can do in a crock pot and you have 5 levels to cook with.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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I will use both at the same time for beef roast and pork roast and I literally take the pot off of the base and put it directly on the gas burner on the stove and make gravy.
Great for any soup or stew and anything else you can do in a crock pot and you have 5 levels to cook with.
That sounds like a great feature, I have made gravy in a saucepan, while the meat is still on CP. Thank you.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The Instant Pot is great at pressure cooking but not at all good at slow cooking. If you want a slow cooker, buy a slow cooker. I know the IP has a slow cooker setting but the IP groups on social media are full of posts about how the slow cooker feature doesn't cook right.

On the other hand, I make pulled pork in the Instant Pot in an hour (plus about half an hour for the pot to come to pressure before cooking, and for pressure to release naturally after cooking...you can do a quick release for some things but it makes meat tough). You can also cook beans in an hour without soaking them, boil eggs in 5 min that are really easy to peel, make yogurt, cheesecake, pasta, etc. You can also take out cooked meat and turn the pot on Saute while stirring in a cornstarch slurry, to thicken gravy. The IP also makes great rice.

I haven't used my slow cooker since I got a pressure cooker in February. I use my stove much less often also.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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One more thing I should have mentioned is the convenience of the tote bag, it makes it very easy to store as well when not in use. The travel lid goes on the bottom, then the base, then the pot, then the plug goes in the pot and the lid goes upside on the pot, zip it up and it is contained and convenient.
If you decide to make the purchase I do hope you enjoy it.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:44 PM
 
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Thank you both, I like the crock pot meals we have made & I do not need to cook beans in half an hour, I plan our meals & I like the way the dry beans cook on the stove top. The IP seems better suited to someone who needs to cook in a hurry & that is not me. I think I will try the cp with griddle that CSD mentioned.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:46 PM
 
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Thank you both, I like the crock pot meals we have made & I do not need to cook beans in half an hour, I plan our meals & I like the way the dry beans cook on the stove top. The IP seems better suited to someone who needs to cook in a hurry & that is not me. I think I will try the cp with griddle that CSD mentioned.
If you don't like it let me know, I will be happy to purchase it from you, I have room for at least one more.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:49 PM
 
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Should I replace it with another crock pot or something different like an instant pot? I am looking for ideas.
I got a pressure cooker (that has all those settings like the Instapot) for Christmas last year and I use it a lot, especially for dinner after work. I've never used it as a crock pot though.
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