I had the same crock-pot for at least 10 years. It was my mother’s before I “acquired” it from her and it was a beast of Rival crock-pot. About 6.5 quarts with a really funny looking warmer but that thing could cook! I never wanted to give it up until the lid cracked and then the vent on the lid fell off, leaving me no choice. So when I ordered my new Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Model #SCCPVL600S, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t perform the same. I picked the model I did because of the size, the locking lid and the fact that the burner is red. I just love red! I hope it looks as shiny in six months as it does now.
It is definitely a beauty to look at but I don’t want to look at it, I want to cook with it. I have used it five times now and it’s been great every time. The one mistake I made the first two times was locking the lid while I was cooking, which you are not supposed to do but somehow I missed in the manual.
It heats up quickly and the warming unit doesn’t get unusually hot to the touch which is important when you have kids. I haven’t had any issues with food overcooking so far and you can fit quite a lot of food in the 6 quart oval crock. You definitely want to stick with the recommendation to fill it no more than ¾ full however or you won’t be able to close the lid. The lid has a little rubber seal on it which I think serves to both insulate the food and keep the lid from banging around or cracking when you lock the lid for travel.
I love that it has a warm setting so I can keep dinner warm if it gets done a little earlier than we’re ready to eat. I had toyed with the idea of getting a programmable slow-cooker but thought it was better to stick with simple. So far I haven’t regretted that decision.
Clean-up is easy too! The stoneware crock and lid are both dishwasher safe but I’ve cleaned it by hand 4 out of 5 times because it cleans so easily. Nothing stuck to the crock at all and I’ve cooked everything from stew to chicken. I love how much easier it has been to clean than my old one!
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