So I recently purchased a huge 23 qt pressure cooker to make bone broth and it's amazing. Now it's time to purchase a basic 6-8 qt crock pot to make some simple meals. I've noticed that many are lined with non-stick coating, etc and am looking for a safe, affordable and overall awesome crock pot.
First off: Would the teflon really be dangerous since I would only use this for slow cooking on relatively low temperatures? I've heard it becomes a problem on high heat (like a non-stick frying pan).
Secondly: Does anyone have any suggestions from ones they have/had? Brand, model, etc would be helpful so I can look online to buy. Thanks!
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on July 22, 2014
at 03:44 AM
They are coming out with a new Instant Pot later this year which will be programmable by smart phone app. That makes it infinitely programmable and very cool. So if you're a gadget hound, wait for that one. I may sell my current one if the reviews are good.
on July 21, 2014
at 05:22 PM
I haven't seen any non-ceramic crockpots actually. Both of the ones I had have been ceramic, I didn't even know they had non-stick. However, if you do get one that is non-stick, I wouldn't worry too much about it, it's safe. So long as you're not heating it to really high temperatures and sniffing the vapors coming off of it, because you could get polymer fume fever (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymer_fume_fever). But since you're not heating it that high, it should be ok.
on July 21, 2014
at 05:00 PM
Get a crock pot with a ceramic insert. I see old Hamilton Beach ones just like I got for my wedding at thrift stores all the time for cheap. They have plastic lids but you can easily find glass lids that fit.
OR, try the Instant Pot. It is a 6 in 1 electric pressure cooker which also slow cooks with a programmable timer. You already have a pressure cooker, but this will do smaller batches. And it's a great slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker (if you do rice) and it heats up to sauté temps for true one pot meals. The best part is the removeable stainless steel liner. Very easy to clean.