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Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker with Heatsaver™ Stoneware Review

Home Test of Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker SCCPCTS605-S

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Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker with Heatsaver™ Stoneware Review

Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker SCCPCTS605-S

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A slow cooker is an essential cooking appliance in my kitchen. But add some transport-ready features and it becomes even more versatile for patio, picnics, tailgate suppers and taking to pot luck dinners.

Product Despcription

    Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ With HeatSaver™ Stoneware Slow Cooker SCCPCTS605-S
  • 6 Quart Oval
  • Programmable Smart-Pot®
  • Secure-Fit locking lid
  • HeatSaver™ removable stoneware keeps food hot up to 30% longer; stoneware is microwave and oven safe
  • Pre-set digital control - High for 4 or 6 hours or on Low for 8 or 10 hours
  • Travel temperature gauge
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and lid
  • Shifts to warm automatically
  • Large handles
  • Cord storage
  • Learn more from the manufacturer
  • MSRP:$59.99

How the Crock-Pot® Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker Performed

November 13, 2012
Designed for making transport or tailgate suppers easier, this Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker has a secure lid locking mechanism, cord wrap on back (they should all have this), larger reinforced handles and HeatSaver stoneware. These are very nice features that seem to work well overall. The locking mechanism reminds me of old-style storage jars and the neat design allows them to fold back neatly when not in use - I really like this.

Controls are also very different than other models – it has a travel temperature gauge and this is a huge enhancement. I found this very useful to monitor if contents were still warm enough to eat without having to taste test. Note that this is no indication of whether foods are safely cooked. The rest of the controls are super easy to use (easier than most) with some preset times (some may not like this, but I do), so it's quicker to set up. And I do like the handle design, though still plastic, they definitely are stronger, more carry worthy and help to keep your hands away from the pot.

As for performance, this model cooks well and delivers tasty, tender meals - as expected. I also really like that it goes to Warm automatically when the cycle is done. The size and shape lends well to anything from a large chilli batch to a small whole chicken. The sealed lid definitely makes a difference when it comes to retaining heat after it is turned off and the lid gasket also seems to help keep the heat in during cooking. According to the instructions, the lid should be on during cooking but only locked down during transport or waiting to be served.

This slow cooker does seem to cook faster and retains the heat much longer than other Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers I’ve used. After turning it off, the travel temperature gauge still showed contents to be warm and at the low end of the orange (hot) zone, two hours later. And indeed food was still warm enough to enjoy. I kept the lid clamped down during that wait time. This means that when taking it to a pot luck dinner, I wouldn't have to worry about plugging it in before or during serving time.

Overall Impression

I love how this model cooks, looks and performs. And I do agree that it keeps contents warmer longer, as advertised. The preset controls are a time-saver and include common slow cooker times. I can see the temperature gauge becoming one of my favorite slow cooker features.

But now, here’s what I feel needs improving. The rubber lid gasket is thin and a bit flimsy, so it doesn’t always lay flat against the (hot) stoneware all around the rim. Though it seems to protect contents during transport and obviously provides some benefit during cooking or while keeping contents warm, I wonder how long this gasket will last.

Quality control also needs to be beefed up a tad. This stoneware insert had a noticeable blemish on the top rim where glazing missed a spot. This probably doesn't happen too often, but still not a good thing.

Otherwise, this is a very nice slow cooker that’s more tailgate or pot-luck ready than most. The added heat-saving features definitely make a difference when it comes to keeping contents warm once turned off. If you don’t mind the thin gasket, you’ll enjoy this family-sized, travel-ready slow cooker. It has an excellent price point.

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