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Settings Just purchased unit and when made a stew it boiled it on every setting including warm. Stew set on 8 hours and was ready in 3 hours.

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Stew was supposed to cook for one hour. Not close to done. Still on but no idea how long it will take. Was set to slow cook as recipe said.

When you use a slow cooker, you must either boil the food before adding it to the slow cooker or add an hour to the cooking time to bring it up to a simmer. That is the time that the cooking actually starts to make the meat tender. Stewing beef would take at least 2.5 to 3 hours. The only way you would do it in an hour is you used fillet steak.

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Does it get to boiling point?

About 6 hours for the meat to be tender.

Oct 23, 2015 | Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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I have inherited a west bend slow cooker model 84624 and dont have a manuel for it. I am concerned with the 300 watt is this normal? Or is that very low? I dont know how long to cook in this or amounts...

  • 1 Use setting 1 (warm #1) only to warm rolls and muffins. At 140 degrees Fahrenheit, this setting should not be used for cooking.
  • 2 Use setting 2 (warm #2) to keep cooked foods warm until they're ready to be served.
  • 3 Use settings 3, 4 and 5 (low, medium high) for cooking. The setting you choose determines the length of time the food will cook. A typical meal with meat and vegetables needs 7 to 10 hours to cook at the low or #3 setting, 4 to 6 hours at the medium or #4 setting, and 2 to 3 hours at the high or #5 setting.

  • All West Bend slow cooker models eventually simmer at the boiling point, or 212 degrees. The setting simply determines how quickly the cooker will reach that temperature.

    300 watt is not a huge consumption of electricity, depending of course on, how often, how long and how high temperature.


    Sep 28, 2011 | West Bend 84624

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    Do I put stting on HIGH or LOW when cooking a stew etc:

    It depends on how fast you want t ready to eat. Rival recommends low for 8-10 hours or high for 4 or 4 1/2 hours. Hope that helps you.

    Jul 08, 2011 | Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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    I've lost my recipe book which had the best corned beef and cabbage soup recipe. Does anyone have this recipe?

    is this the one?

    Tangy Corned Beef and Cabbage Stew
    You don't have to be Irish to enjoy this lovely dinner.
    • 3 pounds corned beef, rinsed and cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 3 tablespoon quick cooking tapioca
    • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 2 medium onions, quartered
    • 1 small head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges (do not remove the heart)
    • 1- 10 1/2 ounce can beef broth
    • 1 soup can water
    • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish (optional)
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 3 whole cloves
    • 1 bay leaf
    1. Place corned beef in pot. Sprinkle tapioca evenly over meat.
    2. Spread carrots, onions, and cabbage evenly around and over meat. In a mixing bowl, combine beef broth, water vinegar, dry mustard, horseradish, molasses, cloves and bay leaf. Add to pot.
    3. Cover and simmer at Setting #4 for 6 to 8 hours or until vegetables are fork tender. Remove cloves and bay leaf. Keep warm for serving at Setting #2.
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    Apr 09, 2011 | West Bend Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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    Just been given crock pot with 3 settings can you explain them no manual came with pot

    It sure would help us to help you if you could get the model number off of the bottom of the unit. I can probably locate a user's manual with that information. Try this site to locate the manual: (my best guess without a model number)
    Find the little blue print that says enter security code and then you can dounload the manual.
    The settings should be OFF High 4 High 6, Low 8 Low 10 and warm.

    1. Place food in stoneware according to recipe.

    2. Plug in Smart-Pot™ slow cooker. The Power light will begin to flash

    indicating that the unit is plugged in, but not turned on.


    3. Push the Cook Time button to scroll through the timed cooking

    options. Push once and the 4 hour light will illuminate, twice and the

    6 hour light will come on, etc. Select the time based on the length of

    time indicated in the recipe. Two time options are usually given. The 4

    and 6 hour settings are the HIGH temperature setting and may be

    used when you want your food done quicker. The 8 and 10 hour

    settings correspond to the LOW temperature setting and is used for all

    day cooking. In addition your Smart-Pot™ can be set to the Warm

    Setting by scrolling through the timed cooking options until the warm

    light illuminates.

    NOTE: The Warm setting is for keeping already hot food warm. Do not use

    the warm setting to cook or reheat food.

    4. When the cooking time is completed, the Smart-Pot™ slow cooker will

    automatically shift to the Warm setting and the Warm light will come

    on. NOTE: We do not recommend using the Warm setting for more

    than 4 hours.

    5. To turn the Smart-Pot™ off push the OFF button. Unplug unit from the

    wall outlet.

    6. For other recipes that give a range of times, select the time closest

    to the setting on your Smart-Pot™. For instance a recipe calling for

    cooking time of 7 to 9 hours on LOW, set your Smart-Pot™ to 8 hours.

    NOTE: If power goes off then power light will blink and settings must be

    reset. If cook time is changed before the cycle is complete the time will
    reset to the new setting.

    Thanks for choosing FixYa,

    Mar 04, 2011 | Rival 38601 Smart Pot 6-Quart

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    It looks rather like my slow cooker which has a 3 position switch with LOW, HIGH and AUTO.
    AUTO uses a thermostat control to prevent the contents from boiling. Useful if being left unwatched. HIGH setting can cause burning if contents not stirred, and LOW setting is only of use to keep things warm. Hope that helped.

    Oct 05, 2010 | West Bend 84384 Slow Cooker

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    Whats the differences with the low high and auto settings on a slow cooker which setting is considered best for cooking stews

    The difference is the time and how warm it cooks. Low cooks a slow, lower heat - cooks 6-8 hours. And High is a faster cook at 4-6 hours. I tend to use low for stews and chilis.

    Feb 11, 2010 | Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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    How long to cook beef stew on auto setting

    At least four hours. All day will make it tenderer and more flavoursome, but turn it to low when it starts to bubble.

    Nov 24, 2009 | Crock Pots & Slow Cookers

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    Hi - I have a Rival Smart-Pot slow cooker and set it all up to cook a stew just this morning. I set it on low for 8 hours. I have just arrived home (earlier then expected) 5 hours later to find the lights...

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