You can stick it in the fridge for leftovers. It’s a basic slow cooker that does the job. The small one is great for queso, gravy and warming cream. I’m happy with this purchase.
I do so much of my cooking in slow cookers. This set is nice because of the small crock pot bonus.
My old one didn’t have this (it broke so replaced with this one) and i noticed a significant cooking time difference.
Key specs for Hamilton Beach 33258 Slow Cooker, 5-Quart:
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- Bonus 2-Cup Food Warmer- Perfect for Warm Cheese & Chocolate Dips
- Dishwasher Safe Stoneware & Glass Lid
- Low/High & Keep Warm Settings
- Perfect for 5lb. Chicken or 3lb. Roast
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, Solid and Cheap Slow Cooker
, Handle on lid came off
Cooker works fine, seems well-built. Seems like a really good price.
This is really a bit too big for me. I live alone and would have been happier until. . I had a large corned brisket. It fit perfectly in this hamilton slow cooker. I started it on high and when it started to boil i looked and found that it was a gentle simmer and not a hard boil. Just what i wanted it to do. The corned beef brisket was cooked to perfection. I still have two corned briskets in the freezer waiting for their turn in this slow cooker.
This is the best slow cooker i’ve ever bought and the best price i’ve ever found.
I missed having a slow cooker in the kitchen – last one broke. Now i have a little mini crock pot too.
Good price, works well for me, no flaws i can notice, construction is good for the price. I’ve used it for many stews and chicken recipes. Importantly there is no plastic odor when using the product, which some of these cookers have. Also important: the settings work properly, warm, low, and high are each distinctive and make for accurate cooking. I have not used the little food warmer, and it seems a bit of a novelty, but perhaps others find greater use in it.
I’ve had the ones w/all the bells and whistles, they break quickly. I use a regular timer for lights with it if i need to, otherwise just turn this on and my dinner is ready when i get home. Also, use it to make bone broth, which requires continuous use for a couple days, works great for that too.
This crockpot i have never had and issue with. It cooks all my good perfectly. I even bough the crockpot bag inserts so it’s not as hard to clean and i love it.
I like that i got a free sauce warmer. However, after about 10 or so uses, the handle on the lid came off. I tried super-gluing and using a glue gun, but the heat from the cooker heats up the glue and the handle comes off. Would have been 5 stars without this issue.
Having the 2nd smaller pot is great to have for cheese dips or chocolate for dipping fruit.
I find myself making meals for the week with relative ease. My only gripe with it is there’s no indicator light to show if it’s on or not. That’s easily solved by whether the pot gets hot or not but it would be nice to have an indicator regardless.
The mini cooker wasn’t really necessary. I do like the large 5 quart cooker.
The large cooker is good for meals and the small one is excellent for hot dips, especially chocolate. It would be perfect if it had a band on the large one that seals the lid tight to allow for transporting foods with liquid.
Got for step daughter christmas gift. She has been using it 2-3 times a week to make roasts stew and other family meals.
The chili cook off was five days away and my old crockpot quit working. So jumped on amazon for a quick order, this one promised the bonus of a small unit as well as a replacement for my old one. Unfortunately the small unit’s lid was not in the box when opened. Not sure how to get one so will check goodwill.
I cook soup in this crock slow cooker at least twice a week. I have used it for about four months so i cannot say a lot about durability. I can say that the ceramic and top are still in ‘as-good-as-new’ shape. I like having three temperature settings and the additional warmer cup is a nice feature.
Keep warm, low and high are the settings. It is a great, nice looking crock pot for the low cost.
This is our second slow cooker that we have from hamilton beach. Works great, my wife sometimes uses two at the same time to prepare meals.
3 settings is all you need (low, high, keep warm). Glassware fits rather loose, but i think all do. Every product i’ve owned made by hamilton beach has never failed and are rather affordable. You dont need to be an expert at cooking. I just buy the prepared slow cooker packages they sell in any grocery store. Its easy to use and to clean. The size is large which should be enough to cook 5 or 6 lbs of meat.
I don’t have any issues and cooks and keeps food warm.
Does cook hotter than some on the higher setting, but i don’t mind that as i don’t like ‘wimpy’ slow cookers. The low setting allows for lower cooking if i need it.
We love our crock pot, we use it almost weekly with no problems, haven’t tried the little pot yet but i’m sure it will work fine.