Crock-Pot SCR300SS Review

Crock-Pot SCR300SS Review 

Crock-Pot SCR300SS Summary

4.1 out of 5

The Crock-Pot SCR300SS 3-Quart Manual Round Slow Cooker is affordable and sturdily built. It is a slow cooker for the masses with an affordable price tag but does it cook well? In our opinion we believe it does though there are a few caveats and conditions. Find out what they are and if this slow cooker is really for your lifestyle.

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Crock-Pot SCR300SS Introduction

The Crock-Pot SCR300SS is a slow cooker capable of conjuring up an impressive menu of items. You can practically use it for everything starting from appetizers to party dips, soups, roasts and so much more. Best of all, the 3-quart capacity is perfect for a four-person meal or a 3-pound roast but not too large that the cooker becomes unwieldy. Plus, being a slow cooker, it is idea for on-the-go professionals thanks to its thoughtful functionality. This particular model from Crock-Pot features a full brushed stainless steel finishing that adds to durability as well as the beauty of the kitchen appliance. By the way, this inexpensive slow cooker ships out with a glass lid and stoneware insides. All components are easy to clean either in the dishwasher or by hand.

There are three features worth mentioning on the SCR300SS. First is the option of three heat settings ranging from low to high. Second, is the glass lid that comes with stay-cool handles allowing you to manage the cooker easily even when it is hot. And finally, stoneware inside surface is ideal to cook recipes at a slow but steady pace. It even manages to retain heat for much after the cooking is over thanks to the off/keep-warm setting.

Our Crock-Pot SCR300SS Review

First and foremost, before you jump ahead and skip the most important information – The Crock-Pot SCR300SS does not have a timer or auto-warming feature. You cannot choose high, medium or low and then leave it on its own. You have to manually turn the knob to the off position. When in the off position, it does not turn off entirely either – instead this setting lets you keep food warm enough for immediate consumption. To completely turn the unit off you have to unplug it. Hence, this is definitely not a “set and forget” kind of slow cooker.

The Crock-Pot SCR300SS is super affordable and ultra-reliable. It has to be considering the original slow cooker innovators have designed it. Crock-Pot as a brand symbolizes the entire concept of slow cooking and naturally the SCR300SS builds on decades of experience in this sphere. However, unlike its bigger and costlier siblings, the SCR300SS needs constant supervision. If you have time on your hands or are experienced enough with a slow cooker then you can reap full benefits. But, if you are brand new to the world of slow cooking or don’t have the time to learn then you need to go according to the recipe booklet it comes with and be ready to ruin couple or more of your first dishes!

Another key aspect to remember is what the heat settings actually mean. Officially, Crock-Pot has designed the SCR300SS slow cooker such that all dishes can be made on both the Slow and High settings. Both eventually reach a simmer point of 209 Fahrenheit. The only difference is the time the unit takes to do so. On the low setting, it takes a good 7 to 8 hours but on the high setting, it reaches this simmer point in half the time within 4 hours maximum. Now, you also have to add the cooking time once you reach the simmer point depending on the cut and exact weight of meat you use. Practically speaking, the cooking time is about 4 hours on high and about 9 hours on low. Basically, if you know what you are doing, you can set it to cook at low and go about doing your daily chores and the food should be ready by the time you come home for dinner.

Another design tweak on the SCR300SS model is the way the glass lid sits. There are a few intentional bumps on the rim of the stoneware that prompts the lid to sit slightly propped open by a couple of millimetres. This lets moisture to escape as the unit reaches simmering point. You must accordingly adjust the water you add to your recipes since most other slow cookers tend to keep 90% of the moisture inside. This Crock-Pot slow cooker though will keep at best 30 to 40% of the water you add at the beginning.

As for the design and performance, it is reliable and sturdy. Looks sleek, is easy to use and comes with a detailed recipe booklet that is actually quite on the mark with cooking times. You can use it as reference for getting acquainted with the slow cooker so the learning curve is quite reduced.

Crock-Pot SCR300SS Specifications & Pros/Cons



Key Features

  • The glass lid allows you to keep absolute control over the cooking as you can see everything in real time. Plus, the design of the lid sits off a little allowing moisture to escape so you can actually add more water than required so that the ingredients cook fuller.
  • Design is such that it is wider and shorter thus, allowing a full 3-pound roast to sit comfortably inside.
  • High and Low settings both operate at the same temperature but take different times to reach simmering point. This makes calculations a lot easier since you only have to decide how much time you need the cooker to run for. If you aren’t leaving the house, set it to high but if you have to leave then low works better.
  • Off position actually keeps the food warm rather than completely shutting down.
  • Affordable and yet reliable, this is what traditional slow cookers are all about.
  • Not exactly noob friendly since a lot has to be calculated or decided before you actually cook anything.
  • No auto-warm or auto shutoff feature. Not that it is a big miss but something that would have been greatly appreciated.
  • Temperature remains the same regardless of the setting chosen. Both high and low simmer at the same temperature except take different time. Some recipes may not come out well in either of the settings because of this.
  • Three Heat Settings – The Crock-Pot features total of three heat settings namely low, medium and high. Basically you choose one of the options depending on the demand of your recipe and turn it off once done.
  • 3-Quart Quantity – 3-quart is a sufficient amount of quantity for a slow cooker. Not just that but it also happens to be deep so, it can easily take in a 3 pound turkey or chicken.
  • Stay Cool Handles – The large and gripping handles on the lid are designed to always stay cool even after hours of cooking. No more accidents when taking the slow cooker back and forth between the kitchen and buffet.
  • Glass Lid – The glass lid lets you keep a close watch over the entire process, letting you control and govern your recipe.
  • Dishwasher Safe – Completely dishwasher safe, the lid, stoneware interior and all happen to be easy to clean either by hand or in a dishwasher.
  • Measurement – Weighs approximately 6.8 pounds dry and measures 10.6 by 8.7 by 10.7 inches.

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Our Final Conclusion For The Crock-Pot SCR300SS

Slow cookers have traditionally been a strong suit of Crock-Pot as a brand. The SCR300SS is another entry level slow cooker that works off a simple strategy of heating to a predefined temperature but taking either longer or slower. This makes cooking any recipe a breeze as you only decide how much time to cook for. Is it noob-friendly? Yes, the recipe booklet makes sure anyone can quickly learn how to use this machine. At the same time, those who love slow cooking will appreciate the quality of food. Hence, this affordable slow cooker is a good purchase for all – experienced and novice alike.