I really appreciate your comments and advice in response to my last post – thank you! – but now I’m going to ask for a bit more.
We do own a crock pot – an old cheap number that I bought when I moved to Boston in 2001. It has been on its last legs for a while now, with a broken handle and very inconsistent heat. On top of that, it’s a little tippy, so I have never felt comfortable leaving it on unattended – which kind of defeats the purpose, no? Despite its flaws, we’ve used it for making stocks and confits in addition to the usual soups and chili, so I do think that an upgrade is in order, and that we’d get a lot of use out of a newer model with more features.
I’ve got my eye on this Cuisinart model, but it is a bit spendy, and while I do think that we’d get a lot of use out of it, ultimately justifying the expense, I do want to know if there are similar, less expensive options before jumping on it. A removable crock is probably a necessity. Programmable is a plus. And if it allows you to actually brown or sauté right in the unit before adding liquid so you can do a true braise without dirtying an extra pan, well, that’s even better.
So tell me – what are your recommendations for crock pots?