Hamilton Beach 33141 4-Quart Oval Slow Cooker
4-quart oval slow cooker with full body cool-touch handle design for easy carrying and moving. Holds up to a 5 lb chicken. Three heat settings: Hi, Low and Keep Warm. Beautiful black with chrome accent color design.
- Versatile family-size slow cooker with 3 heat settings
- Removable 4-quart oval stoneware crock doubles as serving dish
- Glass lid designed with stainless-steel rim and cool-touch knob
- Dishwasher-safe lid and stoneware crock; recipes included
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Not all slow cookers are equal There are 2 kinds of slow cookers, depending on where the heat source is. This Hamilton Beach unit has heat coils around the sides which stay hot, as opposed to slow cookers with heat sources in the base, which turn on and off intermittently. I have found that with this type of constant heat slow cooker (with the coils around the sides) I don’t need to add as much liquid. In fact I cut the liquid (water or stock) by half of what the recipes call for when I use this cooker. The 4 quart size is good for roasts up to 3 or so pounds. If you slow cook chicken or game hens in it, cut the bird up into pieces and remove the skins. Don’t slow cook a whole uncut bird (in any kind of slow cooker).This is a nice little slow cooker for a single, a couple, or a small family. I have had no problems with the knob* (as yet).*The knob problem probably arises from the close proximity of the heating element to the knob, as opposed to slow cookers that heat from the bottom, away from the knob…NOVEMBER 2007 UPDATE: We still love this little slow cooker. It is perfect for making Irish beef stews all winter long. The knob on ours has not broken yet but we try to be gentle with it, due to the warnings we read.DECEMBER 2008 UPDATE: We’re still using this 4 quart slow cooker. We have used it for a lot of baked beans and slow cooked barbecue beef dishes on the weekends. The knob has not broken yet, but we are not rough with it either. We really like this little slow cooker.FEBRUARY 2009 UPDATE: The cooker still works fine. We have used it once a week or more this winter, for everything from navy beans to chuck roasts. The knob has not broken yet (we are gentle with the knob if it’s hot).JANUARY 2010 UPDATE: The cooker still works well and the knob is still intact. Took it to work last Tuesday, cooked stuffed chicken cutlets & veggies in the kitchenette/break room, everybody loved them, there were no leftovers.JANUARY 2012 UPDATE: We’re still using this cooker; the knob has not broken. Making franks & slow baked Boston beans for New Years Day football. (Go Pats)MAY 2013 UPDATE: After 6 years, our Hamilton Beach slow cooker is still going strong, including the knob. We’re making a short ribs and BBQ chicken slow cooker recipe for supper; it smells great. This cooker was a great buy. We still love it.
good slow cooker – and a fix for broken knobs I agree with the several other reviews on this site which rate this crock pot high in its quality – other than its cheap plastic knob, which broke. Like others, I was really disappointed, having to take pliers to turn the knob. My husband told me Radio Shack has knobs of all kinds and sizes and offered to get one for me. And that was the perfect fix! He got a 1 1/4″ Hexagonal control knob, “skirted and indexed” – package of 2, for approximately $3. It has the set screw to tighten against the post, and it fits perfectly inside the opening. Extremely durable. I was thrilled! Now I’m back to having dinner ready when we get home from work!(Hamilton Beach should take a lesson and make a deal with Radio Shack to change those knobs on BEFORE people buy the pot so they can have fully satisfied customers.)
Loved it, for a while I bought this cooker seven months ago, and really liked it. It’s quite handsome, and I have no complaints about how it works. I’ve made many fine meals in it. Sadly, the knob broke a few weeks or a month ago. I glued it back together, but today it broke apart again. I don’t think it will take a second gluing any better than the first, so now if I want to use it I have to use pliers or something, and I have to count clicks–which are not as distinct as I’d like–to know quite which setting it’s on.Such a shame this otherwise great cooker is now incredibly difficult to use because of such a “small” detail!This was my first full size slow cooker (I have a 1.5 qt one too) and I’ve learned a couple of things I’ll share for people looking for their first. The 4 quart size has been really good. I first bought it when I was living alone, so I’d have lots of leftovers, which I love. Now I live with my boyfriend, and the size is still good–we usually have enough left over for one or both of us to have lunch of it the next day. The oval shape has worked out well also; it’s possible to fit larger things in it than I’d be able to in a round cooker of the same volume.My next one, though, will be programmable. I’d thought the feature was silly, because you can only go from high to warm or low to warm, not high to low, or high to low to warm. Now that I have some experience using it, I see that the ability to switch to warm automatically at a certain time would be immensely useful, for those times when a recipe calls for 6 hours on low, but you’ll be away from home for 8 hours.Good luck choosing one!