Ottawa has been experiencing unseasonably high temperatures but I am not complaining. Especially because no need of an oven in my home, Hamilton Beach had me try a new Slow Cooker. Testing out the new Set and Forget during the last month has been a dream.
Hamilton Beach Set and Forget
Y’all recall my slow cooker was over 30 years old and the lid bit the dust. The “Regal Crock Pot” was an original but it was time for an upgrade. The Hamilton Beach Set and Forget has been on my mind for a while. Sleek, silver and full of bells and whistles.
- Three (3) choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual
- it has a travel-friendly design allowing you to secure the contents en route to parties, potlucks, family gatherings and tailgating
- The lid securely seals in place with sturdy wire clips on each handle
- 6 quart removable stoneware crock fits a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roast
- Wraparound, even heat cooks food evenly and consistently
- Full-grip handles make carrying heavy meals easier
- Power interrupt protection keeps slow cooker on during a brief power outage
The Probe on the Slow Cooker
I was most curious about how this would work. You set the temperature and when the meat hits the internal temp, the slow cooker turns to warm. AWESOME
The thermometer probe reads the actual temperature of food as it cooks; the temperature is displayed on the slow cooker control panel.True confession my most used setting lately. For many foods, especially large cuts of meat, the internal temperature is the best test for doneness.
The temperature probe takes the guesswork out of slow cooking. Select the desired internal food temperature and the slow cooker will automatically shift to WARM once the temperature is reached. By using the cooking guide for the PROBE mode , you can estimate the amount of time the food will need to cook:
CARE AND CLEANING of the Slow Cooker
The removable stoneware crock and the lid are dishwasher safe. And that my friends is important for this gal. Dishes are not my favourite activity. To clean the base, unplug and let cool, and then wipe it down with a damp cloth.
Obviously you do not immerse the cord, plug or base in any liquid. Some slow cookers have steam vent holes in their lids; the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker has a probe hole. If you are not inserting the probe for using probe mode, leave the hole open and do not plug it with paper towels or other objects. Vent holes allow steam to escape and the wattage of the unit has been adjusted to compensate for any heat loss.
Lets Cook a Chicken and test the Machine
We started with a whole chicken and the “we” means Kent right? The probe function was new and we really wanted to see it work. Kent placed the chicken in the stoneware crock and seasoned it with a rub. That is all the prep needed. Set the probe for 180°F/82°C and walk away.
The bird took about 6 hours and when done the machine just kept it warm.
Kent literally removed the bird.
Cut it for Dinner and we were set. Best of all the house didn’t heat up with the oven on nor did he have to stand over the BBQ. Roast Chicken, a green salad and croissants for a scrumptious dinner.