Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Crock-Pot Lunch Crock

 Available in Pink, Red or Blue | $20

I love Pinterest! I find the coolest things on there! And this was one of them.

A young lady I know pinned this Crock-Pot Lunch Crock a few weeks ago. Right away I clicked on it and checked it out on the Crock-Pot website. I fell in love, bought one, and pinned it to my own Pinterest page!

This little Crock-Pot holds 20 ounces, which is more than enough for me to bring something to work for lunch. I've only had opportunity to use it a couple of times, so I can't speak for how many ways to use it, but I have ideas! (I'm going to try reheating an omelet tomorrow!)

The first time I used it I had leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes, so this is what I took pictures of. (Yes, the very picture of health food, right?! Oops!) This was a small (for me) portion of meatloaf, and a decent size portion of mashed potatoes with corn. As you can see, it filled only about half of the container.

I also used it for my Vegetable Soup and it worked GREAT! I had sprinkled fresh parmesan cheese over it the night before and it melted nicely by lunchtime.

I plug it in when I get to work and by lunch it's the perfect temperature to eat. Like Goldilocks, not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

Of course they caution you not to touch the insert because it's hot. I was able to take it out and set it on a plate for transportation without burning myself. The sides were very warm to the touch, but the rim wasn't so hot that I had to leave it in the Crock-Pot to eat from.

Some of the customer reviews on the website complained that the lid wasn't very useful for transportation. The Crock-Pot people must've listened. It did come with an extra lid for the metal insert that wasn't pictured on the website or the box itself. 

My complaint is that the tab is smooth and has no grip, making it hard to pry off. But with the soup I left it on the metal insert when I plugged it in and it easily popped off at lunchtime when I took off the screw-on lid. (They recommend you leave the lids on to keep the heat in.)

This is a great way to bring healthy food to work without trying to think of meals that don't require warming, or to worry about using a stinky microwave that nobody cleans. This won't get hot enough to cook anything, it just warms it to a nice temperature. (Like you wouldn't want to try to cook chicken in this.)

This would also be a great container for keeping dips warm at parties! 

I love this little Crock-Pot and highly recommend it, especially if you are away from home at lunchtime because you work in a cubicle! 

The cord wraps around the base for easy storage. There is no on-off switch on the cord, which some customers requested. I don't think it's that much of an issue.

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