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Old 11-10-2018, 07:09 PM
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Tell me what you use your crock pots for at Thanksgiving, whether you use them to cook the item or just as a warmer. I'm thinking about buy a three crock pot warmer or maybe a few individual crock pots.


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Old 11-10-2018, 07:28 PM
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I have the a few of the oval big ones. I make dressing in one, ham in another and then keep the mashed potatoes warm in another one. (I have all these crocks and a roaster because I make a spaghetti supper for my dh 's track team before districts.) My son in law makes the turkey. I buy it and he roasts it. It's great!
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:36 PM
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I have the three crock pot one, and I use it to cook and keep warm. My family loves the broccoli, rice and cheese casserole, and that goes in one of the crock pots. I put stuffing in another one, and mashed potatoes in the other. The broccoli and rice is cooked in the crock pot, and the stuffing and mashed potatoes are just kept warm in the others. I also have a casserole crock pot that I use for our sweet potato casserole. I have a small crock pot for gravy. I love it because I can get almost everything ready before my family gets here, and then relax and enjoy visiting while the turkey and rolls finish cooking. It makes holidays so much more relaxing.
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:55 PM
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I make the mashed potatoes in a crock pot. Saves a lot of time on thanksgiving. I roast my green beans and shallot plus the butternut squash a day or so before and heat them up after the turkey comes out. Then, the rolls go in for the very last 10 minutes. I have thanksgiving day down to a science🦃.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:01 PM
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I am debating whether to get the three crock buffet server, or three individual crock pots of various sizes.


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Old 11-10-2018, 09:59 PM
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I would definitely get 3 separate crock pots. The 3 are only 1 1/2 quart each. I think my BIL eats that much potatoes by him self. I use my crock pots all the time. The 3 in one would be used maybe 2x a year.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:41 AM
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I agree that you should get the separate ones. We got my mom the three in one crock pots one year for Christmas and the only time she uses it is at Thanksgiving. She does green beans in one, mashed potatoes in one, and stuffing in one.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:41 AM
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I make my mashed potatoes ahead of time, then put them in the crockpot to keep them warm. I also have a crockpot recipe for a green bean casserole (much better than the "usual" one). Another side dish that I've made in the crockpot is stuffing.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:33 AM
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We do the ham in one to free up the oven for the turkey.
We also do baked beans in one.
Usually, there is one to keep the mashed potatoes warm, too.
We have two minis we use for appetizer dips.

Clearly we have a lot of food at our holidays.
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:14 AM
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My vote is to beg, borrow, or steal (OK, not steal) three crocks that are not tiny and attached. The tiny attached ones are SO COOL but limited usefulness and a lot of closet/pantry space. If you ask around at work and among your neighbors, I bet you can find a couple to borrow. They don't have to be fancy, only operational (keep food safely warm - if in doubt, test - instructions online).

The thrift stores here often have crock pots for sale. AND, some stores are starting their black Friday sales a bit early if you want a new one. I've always used rather basic slow cookers, using rubber bands to secure the lids if we have to take them anywhere, but there are a lot of options.

Some crocks have locking lids, maybe get one of those if you plan on taking food somewhere to potlucks, etc. Some have programmable settings - I've never had one of those. Some are basic and huge (high, low, off but 7 quarts). And, if you are in the market for an Instant Pot or other multi-cooker, go for it.

They don't make my favorite any more, it's a Hamilton-Beach with one base and three crock liners for 2 quart, 4 quart, and 6 quarts.

Anyway, I guess it all depends on your budget but I'm just not a huge fan of the three little pots.


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Old 11-11-2018, 10:33 AM
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I use my big one to keep the dressing warm. It keeps it from drying out. I just toss it in the crock pot as soon as it's done cooking on the stove, so it's hot when it goes in.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:41 PM
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I make the turkey in the crock pot.

If I had people in a buffet-type meal, I'd have the three-pot warmer for potatoes, beans, and whatever else I fixed as a side dish.
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