Euro-Pro KC260LC 6-Quart Slow Cooker is Mostly Good
Dec 23, 2010
Review by goldjay
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I received the Euro-Pro KC260LC 6-Quart Slow Cooker as a gift last year. I had told my husband that I wanted a bigger slow cooker (I have a 4.5 quart round slow cooker) and I also mentioned that I wanted one that was oval. I happen to know that my husband purchased it at K-Mart. I love cooking with my slow cookers and have quite a few really great recipes that I use over and over. With this particular slow cooker, however, I have a love/hate relationship.
Recommend this product?
The Slow Cooker
This is a 6 quart oval slow cooker. It's outside looks like stainless stell which is a nice, sleek look. The inside stoneware is removable and this is really nice for washing. It is black as are the handles and the temperature knob. There are three settings on this slow cooker: low, high, and keep warm.
Using the Slow Cooker
This slow cooker is very easy to use and clean up is a breeze as well The cooker comes with directions and recipes that are very easy to follow. There are also tons of slow cooker recipes on the internet, you just have to search for them. Basically, food is put into the slow cooker, it is turned on and then you just let it cook for several to many hours. When you come back, the food is cooked and ready to eat. This is the perfect appliance for those that are away from home for many hours during the day. You can load the slow cooker with the food to be cooked the night and refrigerate it in the removable stoneware. In the morning, you put the stoneware into the base and turn it on and when you come home, hours later, your food is ready for you!
The biggest reason I wanted an oval shaped slow cooker is so that I could cook beef ribs. My smaller, round slow cooker could not accomodate the ribs without me cutting each in half and this was a pain of a job! This oval shape works really well with the long beef ribs.
I also wanted the larger size so I could cook whole chickens as well as larger quantities of soups. I like to cook large pots of stew so that I can make enough for two meals or enough to serve at a party. This slow cooker does meet those needs very well. I also made it known that I wanted a slow cooker with a removable stoneware insert for ease of cleaning. The insert can easily be rinsed and then put into the dishwasher for cleaning.
Some problems I've noted
The directions warn a user not to try to cook food on the "keep warm" setting. It says it just does not get hot enough to actually cook food properly. The low setting, however gets really hot. After only a few hours of cooking, I find that the liquid in the crock is often boiling. When I use my other slow cookers, the low temperature does not boil at all and I was under the impression that this is the way it is supposed to be.
I have learned to adjust my cooking times when using this slow cooker. If a recipe calls for a dish to cook for 8-9 hours on low, I know that I can cook it for 6-7 hours and it will be just right. This can be problematic if I am to be out of the house all day and want to start the slow cooker before I leave. I have to plan carefully to avoid problems or overcooked food. These are the days I choose to make a soup or a stew as these dishes can most often cook for extended periods of time and not get overcooked.
Another issue I have had with this slow cooker is that the writing on it simply washed off after a few cleanings. Now, this may not sound like a big deal but the writing is around the temperature dial stating the "off," "low," "high," and "keep warm" functions. Luckily, I remember where each setting is (they go from left to right as listed above) but if someone else were to come over and try to adjust my settings, they would have a hard time doing so.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite soup recipes:
Beef Vegetable Soup
6 cups vegetable juice (V-8)
4 cups hot water
1 pound beef, cut in chunks
8 cups frozen mixed vegetables
3 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
5 T beef boillon
1 t pepper
Put all ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 8 plus hours (this is one that can cook as long as necessary and still be delicious!)
I would tentatively recommend the Euro-Pro KC260LC 6-Quart Slow Cooker. There are probably better slow cookers out there but the price of this one wasn't bad and it really does a decent job overall, you just have to be careful. The biggest issue is the fact that the words wiped off and I don't have the temperature guide anymore. Overall, I do like and do use this slow cooker quite a bit.
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