Why I Chose the Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker (And What You May Not Like About It…)

Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker Review

The Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker

When the electronics on my old trusty oval shaped 7-quart slow-cooker failed, I knew I had to replace it.  I tried to make do with the smaller round one that I like for soups, stews and the like, but it just doesn’t cook a good roast or chicken the same as the oval.  So, I headed over to Amazon to replace it.

I settled on the Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker for several reasons.  First, my smaller round slow cooker is a Hamilton Beach and it has been functioning like new for nearly 8 years now.  Second, I wanted a slow cooker without all the fancy electronics.  The heating elements on my old unit (a different brand) still worked, but I could not get the electronics to function.  Plus, the electronics limit the amount of time you can cook without it automatically switching to a warm mode.  I like to make broth in mine overnight and it would turn off in the middle of the night leaving me with another day of waiting for the broth to become broth.  It’s just plain frustrating.

The Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker lists the following features on Amazon:

  • 7 quart oval stoneware crock holds an 8 lb roast or 2 4 lb chickens
  • Keep warm setting maintains serving temperature
  • Recipes included for meals, soups and side dishes
  • Removable dishwasher safe stoneware and lid
  • Lid Latch strap included for easier portability

When it Arrived

As usual, my package arrived from Amazon in excellent condition.  The manufacturer’s packaging was fully encased in a larger plain brown box with the tell-tale Amazon tape over the seams.  Inside was a fully sealed box from the manufacturer.

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After opening it, I set it up on the counter after hand washing the crock and lid.  I could have run it through the dishwasher, but I didn’t want to wait.  I had a slow cooker meal planned for dinner that night!

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Negatives

There really isn’t a whole lot to complain about with the Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker.
There is a big rubber band device to lock the lid in place to take the full crock with you for a pot luck.  I am still trying to figure out how to use it, but most likely will lose it before I actually use it to travel.

If you are gone all day and need to have a timer to switch it over to warm so you don’t burn food, this slow cooker is not for you.

The Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker is a keeper!

If you need a basic, large oval slow cooker, click through to order your Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Slow Cooker from Amazon now!  Plus, if you are a Prime Member, you get free 2 day shipping!

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Back to School Shopping List for Kids with Food Allergies

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It’s back to school shopping time!

I’m sure by now you have checked out your school’s list for the pencils, notebooks and art supplies that your child will need this year.  Have you added any additional supplies that your child will need to safely manage her food allergies while away from you at school?

Here are five things you might want to add to your back to school shopping list if your kids have food allergies:

1. Allermates lunchboxes and epipen cases are cool and stylish and specifically designed to help others identify that your child has an allergy.  This one is really cute in purple and is also available in blue.

2. This neat belt from Waist Pal is designed to carry two epipens discreetly…perfect for your older child who doesn’t want to carry a separate case or boys who don’t want to carry a purse.

3. This book will help you explain to your younger child all the things they need to understand to stay safe while away from home.

4. For your younger students (who wouldn’t be too embarrased by it) a bold T-shirt might be a great wardrobe addition for those first weeks in a new setting.

5. An alert bracelet that your child loves and will wear!  There are all kinds on the market now.  Here is a really cute one for girls.

 

Allergy-Free Cookbook Reading List

Cookbooks

Are you stuck for ideas on what to cook? Are you tired of plain chicken breasts with rice and veggies or something similar?  Are your kids picky?  Or do they like to try new foods?

Do you have a go to allergy-free cookbook that you like to use?

My girls are pretty easy to please.  They will happily eat almost anything I put in front of them as long as it doesn’t make them sick.  But, my husband and I get tired of eating the same thing day after day.  So, I like to scour my cookbooks for recipes that I can modify to allow all of us to eat together.

Because, I don’t like being a short order cook.

And, while I may make separate meals on occasion, I try to make one meal for the whole family to enjoy together.  It just makes life easier that way.

I always get excited when a new cookbook comes out that is made with real ingredients because, not only is it healthier, but it’s easier to modify those recipes to avoid milk and soy.

So, here is a list of allergy-free cookbooks that are on my reading list!

  1. The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes.

    This one literally just came out.  I pre-ordered it through Amazon and got my digital copy a week or two ago.  I have been following her website for about a year now and I love the fun and easy lunch ideas she has come up with.  Since we pack a lot of our food and take it with us, this one should bring new life to our packed meals!

  2. 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake.

    I have been following her blog and recreating her recipes for years.  Everything on the site is made with whole ingredients so it is easy to just swap out an oil or leave out the dairy on most of the recipes.

  3. Learning to Bake Allergen Free by Colette Martin.

    From what I have heard this is the reference on baking without wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts.  I’m excited to see what new things I can learn from this book.

These are the books that I have with me on my Kindle as we are moving across the country.  I think I might post a favorite cookbooks list after I get unpacked in Texas!

What cookbooks have you found helpful in cooking for your kids?