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Auto Setting?

I moved to the UK in January 2010 and was given a crock pot as a wedding gift. My crock pot has High, Low, and Auto....and I have no idea what the Auto setting does!

Unfortunately, the crock did not come with an instruction booklet, and contacting the company was useless - all they did was email me a pdf with recipes.

Help?

ETA: Thanks all. It's been determined that Auto will cook on high for an hour, then switch to Low.

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mbif
May. 9th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
What brand?
annaonthemoon
May. 9th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know to be honest. It says "Rachel" on it in a turquoise script if that helps!
kimberly_2002
May. 9th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Rachel Ray maybe?
My first guess would be that auto = warm, but I have no idea.
annaonthemoon
May. 9th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
AFAIK, we don't have Rachel Ray in the UK
ellensmithee
May. 9th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
One of my crockpots has an Auto setting that heats on high for an hour and then automatically switches down to low (the other one just has a Warm setting).
annaonthemoon
May. 10th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
I wish mine had a warm setting. It would be so much easier!
mysid
May. 9th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Does it look something like this Rachel Allen Slow Cooker? If so, apparently the "auto" setting cooks on high for an hour and then switches to low.
annaonthemoon
May. 10th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Yes, it looks exactly like that. Thanks!

Strange. I've never heard of that before...is there really a point to cooking on high for an hour then switching to low?
mhaithaca
May. 10th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Gets the food out of the temperature "danger zone" fast, then switches to the desired low-and-slow.
xdragonladyx
May. 10th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I've seen some recipes for cooking turkeys in the slow cooker that way.
whc
May. 9th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
My parents had one with a setting labeled "auto shift" that wasn't mentioned in the instructions anywhere, so the lack of instructions may not be the problem! I think it starts out on high, then switches to low at some point.
liars_dance
May. 9th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Mine has an auto setting too - meaning that it starts on high for an hour and then automatically reduces to low. I use the setting most of the time :)
mhaithaca
May. 9th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I've often been able to find appliance and electronics manuals online by doing a Google search for "user manual" or "user guide" and the brand and exact model name. You might also discover that someone else here has exactly the same slow-cooker you have, and can dig the long-forgotten manual out of the drawer, if you tell us what it is. Good luck!
buckeyebrain
May. 9th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
You're not kidding about that with old electronics. I bought a word processor from the mid 80's recently from a friend, and he didn't have the manual. In desperation, I checked Brother's website and lo and behold, 200+ pages of PDF goodness (albeit without a working search function).
annaonthemoon
May. 10th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I might have tried that when I first got it, but to be honest, I assumed it was a standard high-low-warm which I wouldn't need instructions for until I realised the dial said "auto"!

Someone linked to what I have on Amazon above. Apparently the auto setting cooks on high for an hour, then switches to low.
mhaithaca
May. 10th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Sounds like a reasonable thing to do. That's pretty much what I do with my Crock-Pot manually.
brunettepet
May. 9th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
If it is a Rachel Allen slow cooker, Amazon UK had this tidbit buried in one of the reviews: "The recipe book may be missing from the packaging - if this is the case please call 0870 850 2234 (0044 870 850 2234 from Eire)."
annaonthemoon
May. 10th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Hmm. It's probably the thing they emailed me when I asked them for a manual. IT doesn't have instructions in it, unfortunately :(
brunettepet
May. 10th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
There are also complaints that the instructions are super sketchy on this slow cooker and buried pretty hard in the recipes. Maybe if you called and said the instructions were missing, there might be something more relevant on offer at this point.
brite
May. 9th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
My slow cooker has an auto setting and it's just a keep warm feature
annaonthemoon
May. 10th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Okay. People above have been saying it cooks on high for an hour, then swaps to low. Hmmm.

vick34
May. 10th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Ebay might be a possibility as well. I know I've found manuals for different items before.
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