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A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

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A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker | Review from Life as MOM

Slow cookers are one of my favorite gadgets in the kitchen. I love how I can throw together some of our favorite meals in a matter of minutes and then just walk away.

I actually own three different sizes slow cookers. They are all the standard, three-setting, removable crock models. I’ve been super pleased with them and reluctant to make any changes.

Recently, however, I was offered the opportunity to try out one of the latest Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker models. Are you wondering how they could improve on the classic version? Well, me, too.

This new one, the Crock-Pot ® Smart Slow Cooker, however, goes beyond what I would have expected. You can turn it on, or turn it down, or turn it off, via an app on your phone! Really? It’s like a Jane Jetson-style slow cooker.

I gave it a whirl while cooking chili one day. Things have been busy, and I needed to work that Saturday morning. I have tons of writing to do before I take a month’s vacation later this fall.

So, I plunked all the ingredients in the cooker and spent a few minutes fiddling with the app on my phone. For someone who doesn’t read directions very often, it was remarkably easy. You can watch a video about it, too.

I loved how I could go hide in my office for the rest of the morning and get busy working. I could focus on the things that I needed to do instead of worrying about watching the clock. I never set a timer for my slow cookers, but I almost always have my phone with me. A quick glance at my phone told me the chili was done and that the cooker had switched itself to warm.

On another occasion, I was able to switch it to warm myself when I want to stall dinner time a bit more and get a few more things crossed off my to do list.

A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker | Review from Life as MOM

I used it again the following week when I cooked a ham. I’m trying to clear space in the deep freeze so I can unplug it and thaw it out. The half ham fit perfectly inside the large crock. I added some juice and spices and walked away. In fact I spent the whole day running errands and shopping.

Normally if I go shopping in the afternoon I tend to stress a bit that people will be hungry for supper or that I should be home cooking something instead of gallivanting around town. It was really cool to look down at my phone and see how much time was remaining before I needed to really be concerned about heading home.

The WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot® Smart Slow Cooker allows you to adjust your cooking temp and time remotely so that you’re not worried about dinner being overdone before you’re done with the tasks of your day.

It provides you wee moments to focus on what’s important, whether that’s a child’s baseball game or a project that needs your attention.

A WeMoment from the New Crock-Pot Smart  Slow Cooker | Review from Life as MOM

I’m thrilled that I can keep track of supper and my time in an easily-accessible way. I don’t know about you, but I have way too many things to keep track of. This is one of those things that I’m pretty happy that “there’s an app for that.”

My slow cooker is one of my best friends. Now we have another way to communicate with each other.

Now, if only she would do the dishes, too….

What role does a slow cooker play in YOUR kitchen?

Disclosure: I’ve been compensated for my time spent writing and received review product. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Thank you for this review Jessica. I am down to one very old crock-pot as I broke my insert on my favorite one this summer. I will add this to my list of ones to consider.

  2. My husband cracked the insert on my 6 qt crockpot and just yesterday I spotted the same crockpot in a thrift store. That one had no lid, but for 7 dollars I snapped it up, since I still had my lid and it fit perfectly. How funny to get this in my inbox today. One issue I’ve had with crockpots is that they tend to cook too hot and too fast. Mine will not adjust the temp, so I cook everything on low for a shorter amount of time than most recipes call for. I’ve also had trouble with food tasting dry, looking brown, or just being unappealing. So I don’t cook a lot of meals in it but I do use it to cook a beef or pork roast that I will shred up for other meals, for example. And it’s great for keeping things like soup, chili, or meatballs warm on a buffet table. But I’m always looking for recipes that really do look and taste good right from the crock. So many people on the internet post their freezer meal building sessions but I never hear about how the food tasted a month later when it was slow-cooked and eaten.

    • Great score on the replacement!

      You can reduce the burning issue by making sure your recipe fits the crock. It’s supposed to be about 2/3 to 3/4 full. If you don’t have it full enough, it will burn. That’s why I have three sizes of crockpots.

      Also, you’ve hit on my pet peeve with those crockpot freezer meals in a bag. I tested those out while I was writing my freezer cookbook. They taste horrible unless you precook the onions, etc. Tossing raw things in the freezer or the crockpot compromises their final texture.

  3. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with more than one crock pot! Friends have sometimes teased me. But I love them! And one of my favorite things is cooking in bulk using both overnight and smelling the deliciousness in the morning. Then I can let it cool, serve some for breakfast or lunch and divide the rest to use in the next few days or freeze for later. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about one with an app to control it, i tend toward more minimalist design, but you’ve peaked my curiosity.

  4. Can you set it to start cooking from the app, too? I only use mine on the weekend because I’m home when things need to be started. During the week, I’m out of the house by 6am and don’t return until 5pm. So, if I could set something to cook on low for 6 hours while at my desk at work, that would be AWESOME!!!!

    • That’s how I understand it to work. The manual says that you can safely turn it to warm for another six hours, so I think you’re good to go.

      From a food safety standpoint, you wouldn’t want to leave perishable food at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Check the USDA page on that. Otherwise, I think this works really well for your scenario.

  5. Cool! I can always use a new crock pot, lol. Do you know if it has the capability to let you know if the power has gone off (and obviously, since the wifi probably wouldn’t work) and come back on again? Most “smart” crock pots will reset themselves if this happens – what about this one? We rarely have our power go out, but it occasionally flashes. One reason I am hesitant to leave something in the crock pot while I am gone – I’ve come home to uncooked and ruined dinner before. Blech.

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