Crock Pot SCR450-PT Review

Crock Pot SCR450-PT Review 

Crock Pot SCR450-PT Summary

4.2 out of 5

The Crock Pot SCR450-PT is one of the few slow cookers that boasts a design. It could be considered a “special edition” model; as it displays the floral decorations that Crock-Pot has become synonymous with through the years. With easy-to-use dials, and a decent pot size, it’s definitely a model to consider for the avid home family chef.


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Crock Pot SCR450-PT Introduction

Crock Pot were the first company to introduce slow cooker in to the US back in the 1970s. They have since become synonymous with slow cookers, so much so that many people refer to all slow cookers as crock pots whether made by Crock Pot or not. They became very popular because of the ease of cooking just to be able to turn a device on and cook so many dishes in them, slowly but without much fuss or effort needed.

You did not have to constantly keep checking on them to see how the food was cooking or keep giving the food a stir to make sure that it did not stick to the pot. It make great food. Then they seem to go out of fashion for a while, possibly as we became used to the speed of the microwave – we wanted everything then and there. Waiting for hours became a bit of an anathema. But, as times change so do we and slow cookers are now very much back in vogue.

Many of the slow cookers available today are a far cry from the 1970s originals. The slow cookers of today are usually packed with various programmable cooking cycles, automatic switch over to warming modes, delayed starts, long cooking times, etc., etc. With the Crock Pot SCR450-PT, Crock Pot have taken a step back and have made a slow cooker that would be quite at home in a 1970s kitchen, even down to the graphics on the body (although that many not be intentional). There is only one knob on the cooker and that has 4 positions, off, high, low and warm. It is simple and straightforward, put the food in, turn the Crock Pot SCR450-PT on and come back some hours later. It is quite refreshing not to have to spend hours reading through an instruction book.

Our Crock Pot SCR450-PT Review

Wasn’t it wonderful when you could buy a product and be able to use it without spending hours without even looking at the ‘Tom Clancy novel sized’ instruction manual (and dictionary) just to find out how to turn the thing on? It seems that everything is becoming more and more complex today. Fortunately someone at Crock Pot has thought that maybe some people want simple and easy to use kitchen appliances.

As a result they have produced the Crock Pot SCR450-PT, which is a slow cooker at its most basic. The Crock Pot SCR450-PT has one control knob which can be either set in the off position, on low, on high or on warm – and that is it. Just put the food in the cooking pot, switch the slow cooker on and come back several hours later and your meal is all ready for you to eat or, alternatively, switch it over to warm to keep it hot until you are ready for it. When ready to serve the stoneware cooking pot is attractive enough to take to the table for dishing out the meal there (but take care to use oven gloves as the bowl becomes very hot).

The stoneware cooking pot, but not the lid, can also go in the oven (not the broiler) and microwave. After the meal is over both the stoneware cooking pot and the lid can go in to the dish washer to be washed. That is the Crock Pot SCR450-PT, nothing abridged, it really is that straightforward to use. So with all this simplicity how does it perform, how good does it cook? The best meal for a slow cooker many people believe is a stew (preferably with suet dumplings).

Everyone has their favorite recipe for stew, so just get all the ingredients, browning the meat if wanted, put in the slow cooker, making sure that the liquid level is between ½ and ¾ the way up the cooking pot and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low or 5 to 6 hours on high. If you want to have the suet dumplings (4 oz. self raising flour, 2 oz. beef suet and a little water to mix) add them about half way through. Absolutely wonderful! The cooking times are a guide because, as everyone knows the longer a stew is cooked the better it is. What about cooking a joint of meat, surely a much tougher test for the Crock Pot SCR450-PT.

The 4 ½ quart capacity cooking pot will take a 4 lb. joint of meat, at the same time as cooking the meat add the vegetables and potatoes to make sure that at least half and no more than three quarters of the bowl is full. This is to ensure correct cooking. Many people consider that the best results from a slow cooker are to cook it on lower temperatures for a longer time. Of course to make sure that the meat does not dry out adding some liquid, in the case of a pot roast about ½ cup of beef stock ensures that the end result is both tender and moist.

Crock Pot SCR450-PT Specifications & Pros/Cons

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Key Features

  • One simple single knob control
  • Only 3 settings, high, low or warm
  • 1 year limited warranty from Crock Pot
  • 4 ½ quart capacity
  • Stoneware cooking pot is safe for use in a conventional oven as well as a microwave oven
  • Glass lid and stoneware cooking pot are both dish washer safe
  • Stoneware cooking pot doubles as a table serving pot
  • The lid does not sit firmly on the stoneware pot, it can rattle, although this may be a deliberate design feature to prevent pressure buildup, Crock Pot have not commented on it
  • The outer rear of the Crock Pot SCR450-PT can get hot when cooking
  • Simple one knob control switch – this makes operating the Crock Pot SCR450-PT slow cooker so simple and straightforward. Just set the temperature to high or low and come back in several hours. If you are not ready to eat it when it is cooked, switch the Crock Pot SCR450-PT over to warm.
  • The stoneware cook pot – is safe for use in either a conventional oven or a microwave oven and can be used as a serving pot at the table.
  • Dish washer safe – both the stoneware cook pot and the glass lid can be safely washed in the dish washer
  • 4 ½ quart capacity – the Crock Pot SCR450-PT is large enough to make enough food to serve 5 to 6 people
  • Eye catching decoration – the outside of the Crock Pot SCR450-PT is decorated in an eye catching black design on a white background. Or as Crock Pot prefer to describe it, a black damask pattern on white background with black accents and plastic handles, which some people love and others are not so keen on.
  • Compact size – 12.2 inches x 12.2 inches x 8.7 inches high. The Crock Pot SCR450-PT weighs just under 10 lbs. when empty.
  • 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

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Our Final Conclusion For The Crock Pot SCR450-PT

If you are looking for a simple, basic and straightforward slow cooker then the Crock Pot SCR450-PT will be ideal for you. Just because it does not have multiple program settings, automatic switch over to warming, a range of assorted bleeps and a fancy LED clock display certainly does not mean that the Crock Pot SCR450-PT is any worse at slow cooking than any other of the more complex slow cooker available.

In fact some people find the more complex slow cookers a little confusing and complex to operate. In several recipe tests the Crock Pot SCR450-PT produced well cooked food repeatedly. Some users have commented that the lids never seem to fit perfectly on the top of the bowl. It has been suggested this is to allow the pressure that would normally build up escape.

Whether it is despite its lack of multiple programming setting or because of it, the Crock Pot SCR450-PT is a highly popular slow cooker and users really like it. This is one of the top twenty selling slow cookers on Amazon and it is rated at a very creditable 4.4 out of 5 from over 570 reviews. Of the reviewers 85% rate the Crock Pot SCR450-PT as either good or very good.