CLOSED Fall cooking, simplified and always delicious: A review of the Hamilton Beach Set ‘N Forget slow cooker – and a giveaway!

As I enter the third trimester of my pregnancy, things are getting rather complicated and difficult to handle both at work and at home: my back hurts, leg cramps are “killing” me, I’m not as fast as I used to be, and I get tired easily. Cooking looks more and more like a chore, and I find it difficult to focus. After a busy day at work, I lack the energy to do even the simplest tasks, and lying on the sofa is my idea of bliss. I need all the help I can get, especially when it comes to cooking.

Thankfully, Hamilton Beach have recently contacted me and have given me the chance to test their Set ‘N Forget 6 quart programmable slow cooker. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time! I tested the slow cooker for a good few weeks, and now I’m hooked. 🙂

I can clearly see the advantages of using a slow cooker: the food requires little preparation, you are no longer “glued” to the stove or the oven, and the overall cooking process becomes very convenient and stress-free. You get the chance to spend more time with your family and to share some delicious meals, which is great!

The Hamilton Beach Set ‘N Forget 6 qt. programmable slow cooker offers 3 cooking modes: Program, Probe and Manual. The smart heat distribution cooks food evenly and consistently, while the specially designed handles make carrying heavy meals easier. I found this slow cooker to be very user-friendly and travel-friendly – plus, I also thought it looked slick!

 

As part of me testing the Hamilton Beach slow cooker I decided to cook something light for us to eat as a Sunday lunch, so I made pork chops with fresh veggies. As you know by now, I am a big fan of bell peppers, so I used quite a few. This dish is easy to make, nutritious, and utterly delicious!

Ingredients

6 boneless pork chops

6 bell peppers of various colors

2 lbs potatoes

2 large carrots

1 medium red onion

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for decoration

Wash the potatoes, cut them in half lengthwise, and place them at the bottom of the slow cooker. Peel the carrots, slice them into rounds approximately 1/2in thick, and place them on top of the potatoes. Slice the peppers lengthwise into 1/2in wide strips and place them over the carrots. Add the onion which has been peeled and cut into chunks. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the vegetables. Place the pork chops on top of them and sprinkle more salt and pepper. For this recipe I used the Probe Mode, the High setting, and I set the temperature to 160F. I pressed the “Enter” button and let the slow cooker work its magic over the next few hours. When the pork chops were done the slow cooker switched to the Warm setting, which kept the dish at the perfect temperature until ready to serve. I just love this feature!

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Serve the pork chops on a bed of potatoes, with a generous helping of bell peppers and carrots and decorated with fresh chopped parsley. The pure flavors and enticing aroma of this dish will conquer your senses and will leave you wanting more!

I was very happy with this Hamilton Beach product, and now I’m ready to spread the slow cooker cheer around 🙂 To celebrate fall cooking and the inspirational abundance of produce currently on the market, Hamilton Beach is offering Chicago Loves Panini readers the chance to win one Set ‘N Forget 6 qt. programmable slow cooker.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: What dish would you like to make in the Hamilton Beach slow cooker?

Giveaway open to US residents only. One entry per person. Deadline for entries is 6PM central time on October 25th, 2014. One winner will be chosen on or around October 26th, 2014 by using a random number generator and will have 72 hours to respond to the winner notification email. I will pick an alternative winner if the original winner does not contact me 72 hours after receipt of the winner notification email.

Good luck!

*Disclaimer: Hamilton Beach sent me a Set ‘N Forget 6 qt. programmable slow cooker with spoon/lid free of charge for me to review. All opinions expressed here are my own.


63 Comments

  • ali

    October 9, 2014

    Beef Stew veggie mix

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  • Natalie Lyons

    October 9, 2014

    I would make seafood Bisque.

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  • ClaireWithTheHairMcCarthy

    October 9, 2014

    I now so many people who own a slow cooker but have no ideas what to cook in it, this looks fabulous, thank you. I have an easy meals section on my blog, feel free to stop by for a read http://clairewiththehairmccarthy.com/2014/10/09/turkey-lettuce-wraps-tasty-yet-very-low-fat/

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    • mickyn

      October 9, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • Lisa Brown

    October 9, 2014

    i would cook chili and rice.

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  • AnnaZed

    October 9, 2014

    I love making a real Texas Chili, and you have to have a slow cooker to make that!

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  • bethelderton

    October 9, 2014

    i would make a whole chicken with lots of veggies—brown it a bit for dinner #1, then broth+meat+more veggies for soup for dinner #2…maybe taco seasonings for taco soup.

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  • Brynn

    October 9, 2014

    I would love to make this new apple corn chowder I have been wanting to try

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  • David

    October 10, 2014

    I would make a beef stew, which would be especially good as the weather is getting cooler.

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  • Connie Lee

    October 10, 2014

    I would make vegetable beef soup.

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  • Valencia

    October 10, 2014

    I would like to make a pot roast. I tried one time before and it did not come out quite right so I want to give it another shot.

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  • cindy j

    October 10, 2014

    I would make a beef roast with lots of vegetables and gravy..yummm

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  • Natalie

    October 10, 2014

    I would make some creamy chicken wild rice soup.

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  • Jessica Menster

    October 10, 2014

    My family loves chicken and dumplings, so that is what I would make in the slow cooker!

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  • Wehaf

    October 10, 2014

    I would love to make a pumpkin chili!

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  • Katrina

    October 10, 2014

    I love making chilli and potato soup in my slow cooker, so I’d love to have a new one to put them in!

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  • honestyseasy

    October 10, 2014

    I would love to make sausage and bean soup–it’s definitely soup weather here now!

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  • chris z

    October 10, 2014

    i would like to make chili

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  • Carly Daring (@annabee818)

    October 10, 2014

    I would like to make a lot of soups this winter. And crock pots are great for that!

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  • Bobbie Smith

    October 11, 2014

    I would make Swiss Steak, with potatoes and Carrots

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  • Merry

    October 11, 2014

    Fall is here, so I’d make a nice hot chili!

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  • Sonja Samples

    October 11, 2014

    I would like to try your recipe with the veggies and the pork. Sounds Healthy & yummy

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  • Darlene Carbajal

    October 11, 2014

    I’d like to make beef stew!

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  • cindy j

    October 11, 2014

    I would make a beef roast with all the veggies

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  • wendy rozema

    October 11, 2014

    I’d make Slow Cooker Lasagna!!

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  • Betty Wojnar

    October 11, 2014

    I would in enjoy a good roast and potato meal

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  • Stephanie Robertson

    October 11, 2014

    Homemade Chicken Noodle soup

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  • Nichole Smith

    October 11, 2014

    I would love to make beef short ribs braised in red wine with carrots and other root vegetables. Mmm, I love fall comfort foods.

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  • christine j

    October 13, 2014

    i would love to make slow cooker chili

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  • MaryAnn

    October 14, 2014

    I would like to make beef pot roast

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  • Ashley Smith

    October 14, 2014

    I would love to make some lamb stew with tons of vegetables!

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  • Amanda Hendricks-Selby

    October 15, 2014

    I’d make cornbeef and cabbage. omg I want some now lol

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  • HS

    October 15, 2014

    I’ll make tomato basil parmesan soup.

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  • June Lisle

    October 15, 2014

    I would first make my pinto beans for the family. Then I would explore other options.

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  • dasha dejurnett

    October 17, 2014

    Since it’s getting colder I’ll be making a lot of chili and soups

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  • christine j

    October 17, 2014

    I would love to make my 3 ingredient sausage chili

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  • Neiddy

    October 19, 2014

    I would make mac n cheese

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  • Ashley Morrissey

    October 21, 2014

    A nice pot roast with vegetables would be amazing! 🙂

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  • veronica hay

    October 21, 2014

    Beef stew and deer chili!!

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  • jodi

    October 22, 2014

    beef stew!

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  • Melissa J

    October 22, 2014

    I’d make chili!

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  • Giovanna Scurti

    October 23, 2014

    I want to make corned beef!

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  • salleefur

    October 23, 2014

    I have wanted (for many many many years) to be able to make my own homemade CHICAGO-Style Italian Beef for Sandwiches!!

    (And tis the season for tempting and warming Soups and Stews, too)
    Thanks!

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  • melikegarfield

    October 23, 2014

    I would make a nice vegetable stew.

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  • Lara O.

    October 24, 2014

    Chicken Fajitas!

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  • Jennifer Symonds

    October 24, 2014

    I want to make so many things… Applesauce, slow cooked Dr pepper steak and veggies, soup, and so much more!

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  • Rita A

    October 24, 2014

    I would make my highly requested Italian Sausage Chili!

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  • MARTHA

    October 24, 2014

    I would really enjoy using this .My first dinner would be pot roast w/ carrots ,onions, potatoes & brown seasoning mix…TY

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  • Birdiebee

    October 24, 2014

    I would make clam chowder as a meal for my family on these cool fall days.

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  • Teresa Thompson

    October 24, 2014

    I would make a pork roast with veggies.

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  • jaccwc

    October 25, 2014

    I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE BEEF STEW!! YUMMY!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CHANCE!!

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  • Lisa Neutel

    October 25, 2014

    I would love to make a mean pot of chili in my crockpot

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  • liz l

    October 25, 2014

    Chili, my fav

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  • Crystal Rose

    October 25, 2014

    I’d love to make pulled pork.

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  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley

    October 25, 2014

    I would make a nice crock pot full of potato soup!

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  • Nichole G

    October 25, 2014

    I would love to make chicken and dumplings in this! 🙂

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  • Shelly Johnson

    October 25, 2014

    My favorite dish, and the first thing I would make would be French Dip sandwiches. They are PERFECT for a busy weeknight dinner, especially in the cool fall weather. And my kids LOVE them. They devour them. PLUS, as a bonus, I always have lunch for work the next day 🙂 BOOM! Its a double win 🙂

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  • sarahacool

    October 25, 2014

    I would make Indian butter chicken yum!

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  • cassandra

    October 25, 2014

    i would make my mothers stew recipe.

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  • Krista W.

    October 25, 2014

    I would make a pot roast!

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  • Melissa Tippie

    October 25, 2014

    I would like to make White Chicken and Corn Chili in the Hamilton Beach slow cooker. Thank-you for a great #giveaway 🙂

    Reply

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