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The horror!!

I got my giant crockpot out of the cupboard today so I could have it make soup for me while I was gone. I gave it a quick rinse and as I did so, I saw that the bottom had not one but TWO huge cracks. Gasp! Horrors! I have no idea how it happened. :(

I went hunting online for replacement bits, but sadly Sunbeam no longer makes crockpots. What I have is a Sunbeam Crocker-Cooker-Fryer, it's probably 30 years old (judging by the avocado green color) and was 3rd-hand when I got it 10 years ago. Does anyone happen to know where I might find a replacement liner? Ebay has failed me! Or, barring that, does anyone happen to know of an equivalent Rival model, since they're still making crockpots... (also found this website, which isn't a total loss, since I need a new lid for my baby Rival crockpot, anyway: http://www.marbeck.com/crock_parts.html )

This rather derails my Thanksgiving plans a bit, since I was going to make up for my ridiculously small oven by cooking what I could in crockpots (I have 2 big ones, one little one). Help, there'll be 6 people at my house at the end of November, and I'm short a crockpot! :(

(x-posted to my journal... I hold out some faint hope of a minor miracle)

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kshandra
Sep. 21st, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
I will be watching this avidly, because I have the same Sunbeam, and the insert was mistakenly packed away after I loaned it to a friend for an event, and I hold out very little hope of recovering it when said event comes around again next year. *sigh*
chamois_shimi
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
A friend of mine suggested contacting a local potter... she was kidding, but I might get desperate enough. :)
familyzoo
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Just a thought, but you could try posting a note on your local freecycle group. (www.freecycle.org). I'm not sure where you are, but far more extravegant wants, needs and offers have been exchanged and met :)

You never know.. someone might have a good liner, but dead crockpot for the same model you have.. You could try posting a request for it, as well as a crockpot request.. you might just be pleasantly suprised..
chamois_shimi
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for the idea! I have no clue why that didn't occur to me to try- probably because I forgot to turn my email subscription back on after I got back from vacation. Doh.
jannus
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
OMG, I LOVE YOUR ICON!! Can I please steal it? Pretty please?
whistlebinky
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
I've got a Rival 6 qt. slow cooker, and I think it works great. Some people have mentioned that the new cookers work at a higher heat than the older models, so you might want to keep that in mind. I've made pot roast and turkey thighs in the thing, and they come out great!
chamois_shimi
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
I've got a big oval Rival slow cooker, and it works fine as a slow cooker. I was reading another website recently that informed me that slow cooker is not the same as crockpot, and slow cookers will cook much faster than a crockpot will.

There's just nothing that compares to the Sunbeam Crocker-Cooker-Fryer, though. It has an actual temperature dial, not just high and low. You can remove the crockery liner and it becomes either a deep fryer or a cooker, or leave the crockery liner in, and it's a crockpot. It's the coolest thing since sliced bread, and they don't make it anymore! Very sad.
babspace
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Actually a "crockpot" or "Crock Pot" is Rival's name for their slow cooker. The term has become like "Band-aid" has for bandages, and is often used to refer to slow cookers.

A "true" slow cooker (AKA a crockery cooker):

Has low and high settings. These are not given as temperatures.

Must be able to cook slow enough for all-day cooking, yet be able to reach temperatures to ensure food is safe (the older slow cookers could not do this, that's why the newer ones cook faster).

Starts off at a low heat which gradually increases as long as the lid is kept on it.

Have nonmetal cooking containers, usually made from stoneware, ceramic, or glass. The base contains a heating element that encircles the container for even cooking with no/minimal stirring.

I so wish I had more counter space. Between my microwave, breadmaker, food processor, heavy duty mixer, and Crock Pot I have no place to do any actual cooking, let alone add another cooker. :o)
chamois_shimi
Sep. 22nd, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
And if you're like me, it all has to be on the counter because if it goes into the cupboard it never gets used! Sigh. :)
babspace
Sep. 22nd, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
So true!

We were emptying our cabinets last week to prepare for the exterminator and discovered several casserole dishes and my good baking pans. Both I had completely forgotten about.
sp0rk0
Jan. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I just happened to be browsing through the archives here on a lark, and did a quick ebay search... You're probably not looking anymore, but just in case, I'm linking this item.

alannahjoy
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Keep checking eBay. Eventually, just about everything in the world shows up there! *g*
chamois_shimi
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
I keep expecting it to gain sentience, any day now, and start saying things like Hello, Hal.
law_witch
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
can't help with this question. But as my oven is small too I bought myself a Ronco Rotisserie and it's made my holiday dinners so much easier to handle.

chamois_shimi
Sep. 22nd, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh dear... something else for the wish list! We do have a toaster oven, which can be surprisingly handy at times like Christmas and in the middle of the summer when it's too dang hot to fire up the real oven. Can only do small things, though. :)
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