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Recommended Crockpot brands/models for Bone Broth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I am planning on making my first ever batch of chicken bone broth this week, but I'm thinking I need to invest in a crockpot.

What brand/model of crockpot does everyone recommend?

All advice and suggestions are welcome!

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on November 16, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Thanks. Will consider this for when my slow cooker dies.

D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

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on November 15, 2012
at 11:03 PM

Robin, I started using a cheap aluminum one from Kmart nearly 3 years ago. I used it a lot but the valves were getting worn out and aluminum is not so good. I got a 6 qt.Fagor about 6 mos. ago. I love it!

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 15, 2012
at 12:17 AM

That does look really tempting! Can I ask how long you've had it?

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 14, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I ended up ordering a SPT Zisha Slow Cooker, which contains no harmful substances.

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on November 14, 2012
at 06:39 PM

My crockpot only has warm or on selections and I find it hard to get the right simmer. In hindsight I wish I had bought one with a broader temperature range.

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on November 14, 2012
at 05:39 PM

When you decide to purchase one, make sure to call the company and find out if it is lead-free. Or you can google "lead-free crock pot".

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on November 14, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I've been very happy with my 5 qt DeLonghi, but if I ever have to replace it, I'll look for a 6.5 or 7 qt model so I can make more broth at one time. The 5 qt is perfect for my small family in terms of making things like pot roast or pulled pork, though.

Would also note that ALL of the slow cookers w/ the features I wanted have mixed reviews on Amazon. I don't think any of the higher end brands appear to be any better made (or longer lasting) than a simple Hamilton Beach or Crock-Pot brand.

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D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

on November 14, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I would suggest looking into a pressure cooker. I made a broth (3 hrs. cook time) earlier today and now just finished short ribs (30 min.) Collards or Brussels sprouts in less than 3 min.!!

I finally splurged for a high-end $tainless $teel Fagor. I use it a couple of times every week, so for me it's worth it. I no longer use a crock pot for any cooking.

Something to think about...

I hope you have a happy brothday ...sorry, lame joke:)

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 15, 2012
at 12:17 AM

That does look really tempting! Can I ask how long you've had it?

D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

(370)

on November 15, 2012
at 11:03 PM

Robin, I started using a cheap aluminum one from Kmart nearly 3 years ago. I used it a lot but the valves were getting worn out and aluminum is not so good. I got a 6 qt.Fagor about 6 mos. ago. I love it!

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 16, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Thanks. Will consider this for when my slow cooker dies.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 14, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I have a Hamilton Beach that's over 23 years old (I know because it was a wedding present). It's basic and works fine. The only thing I regret on it is that it has a plastic lid, I'd really prefer glass. But I like the stoneware crock (and it's lead free!) which comes out for easier cleaning. Sometimes I fill the crock at night and put it in the fridge so in the morning I just have to put it in the base and plug it in.

It's one of the large ones. I wish I had a smaller one, too, because I don't always want to cook that much and if you don't fill it at least halfway it doesn't work well. I like the idea of the bells and whistles like digital temperature control on the newer models. I wish they had one that allowed precise temperature control down to low temperatures so I could make yogurt in it easily.

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on November 14, 2012
at 08:46 PM

I use a fairly basic model of Crock-Pot at least once a week and have never wished it had any special features or anything. I think the beauty of it is set and forget, not program it to do backflips for you.

I would say, if you are thinking of doing bone broth, I would invest in one of the larger models, especially with Thanksgiving coming up. A turkey carcass takes up a lot of room.

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on November 15, 2012
at 12:59 PM

This might be an interesting thread on lead and heavy metal content in slow cookers http://paleohacks.com/questions/44885/lead-free-cadmium-free-slow-cookers#axzz2CIONSwcF

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on November 14, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I use a crock-pot slow cooker. Works great. Has a low or high setting and is easy to clean out

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on November 14, 2012
at 08:06 PM

I recently purchased a Breville (as I am highly partial to their appliances) and made some chicken bone broth in it, which turned out to be highly delicious. It doesn't have programmable settings, but that may also prevent the annoyance of my old set and forget Hamilton Beach, which would randomly shut itself off for no apparent reason.

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