Crock-Pot Cook and Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker Review

The Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker by Crock-Pot is an oval slow cooker that features manual cooking settings and a sizable, 6-quart capacity. This is a budget-friendly crockpot with a couple of advanced features to simplify cooking.

Overview

Going on Paleo means being selective in terms of the kind of food you eat on the daily. If you're really committed to eating healthy then start prepping your meals at home. A slow cooker makes a fantastic investment because you get to choose the quality of the ingredients so you'll always come out with great-tasting, healthy dishes.

Now, there are hundreds of slow cookers on the market, some perform better than others. The Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker is one of the most popular starter slow cookers but it is the right choice for you? Let's find out!

What is the Cook' N Carry Manual Portable Slow Cooker?

Let's face it, you cannot think of slow cookers without the brand Crock-Pot springing to mind. Crock-Pot is one of the leading slow cooker brands and the Cook 'n Carry line is one of the company's bestselling slow cooker ranges for a reason.

The Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker is a 6-quart oval-shaped slow cooker with a portable design and 3 cooking modes. A sizable slow cooker, the unit allows you to cook a large batch of healthy dishes you can share with your family. This slow cooker comes with removable stoneware pot, a Keep Warm setting as well as durable tempered glass lid. It's also portable you can take anywhere you go!

The design is straightforward; it's a no-frills slow cooker with a brushed stainless steel body, an aluminum stoneware pot with nonstick coating and stay-cool handles fitted on each side of the base for easy transport. It comes in two colors, red and silver.

However, the features are anything but basic. Apart from having a keep warm setting, the Cook n' Carry manual slow cooker comes with a lid-mounted locking system to secure the lid, keeping your food flavorful on and off the road. The secure lid also prevents spills and leaks. The Cook n' Carry manual slow cooker's oval shape allows you to cook more of your winning dishes.

Features

Controls

Perfect for people on the go, the Cook n' Carry manual slow cooker allows you to whip up healthy meals anytime and anywhere. It comes with three cooking modes: low, high and warm. The controls can be adjusted manually with a dial, which is made from sturdy plastic that stays cool during cooking.

Cooking Modes

If you hate the idea of sitting in the kitchen waiting for the food to cook, then you'll love the Cook n' Carry manual slow cooker. The low setting lets you cook food on autopilot, converting tough cuts of meat into tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone deliciousness. The high setting is great if you've got guests coming and are pressed for time. This setting will cook your favorite slow cooker dishes in half the time!

The Keep Warm setting is a useful add-on. Once the food is done cooking, you can set it on keep warm so your food stays nice and hot for longer. This is a great feature during special events because it keeps the food ready until the party is over.

Lid

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker boasts of a secured lid that locks into place to keep food warmer for longer. This is a helpful feature during special events – such as reunions or family picnics – that requires you to travel. The lid locking system creates a tight seal between the lid and the stoneware pot, preventing moisture from escaping and fluids from leaking in the interior of your car. This feature is also useful in avoiding spills and leaks as you cook in the kitchen, ensuring a mess-free counter top.

Dimension and Capacity

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker measures about 15 x 10 x 15 inches and weighs about 12.3 pounds. It's so compact and lightweight, it will save you space while you travel. This crockpot has a capacity of 6 quarts so it can accommodate large dishes for sharing. The oval shape helps fit larger pieces of meats so if you're serving a large group of people, you have plenty of space to work with.

Accessories

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker does not come with additional accessories save for the manufacturer's manual and warranty card. However, the brand offers a travel tote for this slow cooker, which you can buy separately.

PROS

  • High capacity slow cooker
  • Affordable
  • Secure lid for spill-free cooking
  • Lid-mounted locking system prevents moisture loss
  • Excellent construction

CONS

  • Plastic components
  • Issues with lid shattering
  • Runs too hot

Crock-Pot Cook 'N Carry Detailed Review


For a budget slow cooker, the Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker is well-built and packs more features than similar models. It features a stylish brushed metal finish that makes the crockpot look more expensive than it really is. The stoneware is thick with a nice heft. It pulls double duty as a cooking pot and as a serving dish. All removable components are dishwasher friendly making cleanup less of a hassle.

The much-lauded lid-mounted locking system is a nice bonus; it does a great job of keeping mess at a minimum while cooking. The clear glass lid allows you to check the doneness of the dish at a glance but it is prone to shattering.

Ease of Use:

As with most basic slow cookers, the Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker is user-friendly. It helps that the cooking modes are limited to keep warm, low and high so it's a nice starter crockpot for those who are not used to cooking. This crockpot is also perfect if you're new on Paleo and you'd like to give a slow cooker recipe a try.

Operating this slow cooker is easy and straightforward, just set the dial to your desired setting and let the crockpot do all the slow cooking for you, that's it.

Reliability:

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker is an efficient slow cooker however it runs a little too hot than other crockpots. As such, some might not be comfortable at the idea of leaving this turned on for hours at a time but I find that making small adjustments to the recipe is enough to solve the issue.

Price:

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker retails for $29.50. There are cheaper crockpots similar to the Cook 'n Carry but the large capacity and oval shape allow you to slow cook more of your favorite dishes.

How Does it Compare?

Focus Electrics West Bend Slow Cooker

The West Bend slow cooker is a close alternative to the Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker but it's smaller at 5 quart capacity. The design of the West Bend isn't as streamlined as the Cook 'n Carry so it's definitely going to take more space in the kitchen. Also, the West Bend lacks the locking mechanism that the Cook 'n Carry lid has so it's not as spill-proof.

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker

The Set 'n Forget slow cooker is a great crockpot with lots of fantastic settings but it's not as user-friendly as the Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry manual slow cooker. Also, the Set n' Forget is almost double the price of the Cook 'n Carry crockpot.

Proctor-Silex Slow Cooker

The Proctor-Silex Slow Cooker is a popular budget slow cooker that offers dependable performance. However, it's not the ideal choice if you're cooking for the whole family because the capacity is limited to 4-quart. The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry is the ideal choice if you are cooking for two to seven people.

Should I buy the Crock-Pot Cook 'N Carry?

The Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry adds more bang to your bucks thanks to its generous capacity, oval-shape, and intuitive features. It's compact, lightweight, and portable, perfect for toting around during special events. The design isn't perfect, I wish it came with automatic settings but for 29 bucks, the Crock-Pot Cook 'n Carry is a bargain.

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