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I had a birthday party coming up and wanted to make queso and meatballs but only had one crock pot. I didn’t want to make them on the stove or oven since I wanted them to be able to stay warm throughout the party so figured I would see what options my local Walmart had for smaller and cheaper crock pots. Honestly, I went with the intent to find the cheapest but decent looking one I could find.
I settled on this one since it wasn’t bad size wise for what I was needing and was only $15.92. The fact that it was also dishwasher safe seemed like it was fate, I mean if I dont have to wash it by hand I am not going to complain! Now I did have a moment of wondering if it would really be big enough for what I was going to use it for but as soon as I got it home and opened I realized that it was a lot bigger than it seemed. The first time I used it I made the queso and there was plenty of extra room even with using a whole 2 lb block of Velveeta.
As you can see this has 2 heat settings, Low and High. I wasn’t sure how well that would work out. Ultimately this is one of the things that I am iffy on. It works but I think depending on what you are cooking you need to be careful. With the queso it heated up very quickly and stayed warm throughout the party but once a lot of the queso was gone even though it was on the low setting it started to burn. When I made meatballs in it at a later date they cooked great and I had no issues so I think it depends on what you are cooking and how much of it you are cooking. I would say for dips or more liquid type things to cook on low and then turn off as soon as you can. You can always turn it back on to heat up if needed.
This was an entire bag of frozen meatballs just to give you an idea of how much it can hold! When you have the pot out of the base it will seem a bit wobbly but I have never had it fall over or it be an issue. Once the pot is back in it is far more stable feeling. I think with a meat type food, roast or things like that I would trust to leave it on overnight or during the day while you are at work, but anything else I personally wouldn’t recommend leaving it unattended even on low.
Overall I think that for what I was wanting and the price range I had in mind I am very happy with it, though it does have its flaws for sure. I plan to still use mine for sides and dips along with my regular one but I don’t see myself using this one as my main crock pot. If it had a better heat setting then I would but with no warm setting and with how hot low is I feel my old one is more reliable. You can find this at Walmart for $15.92.
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