Hey everyone! I really need your honest opinions. I bought this Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker about two years ago and use it at least once a week. It is certainly a work-horse in my kitchen. My query is regarding Dutch Ovens. I keep hearing all these wonderful things about them, but I just don't know if it's that much different than using this slow cooker, or if I could benefit from having both.
Now, I am not a "name dropper," so I don't need to impress anyone with this brand.
There are so many different brands, but most of them seem to be the same except for price. I know the inside surface needs to be smooth and the inside of the lid needs to have the grooves for self-basting. They all seem very heavy which poses another question -- size? For two people, would I really need one any larger than 5 quart? I'm not sure I could even lift one any bigger once it's filled.
Okay friends, toss out your opinions here. Do you have a Dutch Oven and do you use it a lot? What brand do you have and why do you love it or not? Do you also have a slow cooker?
Thanks so much for sharing your opinions!