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This review is from: Hamilton Beach 5 Qt. Programmable Stay or Go Slow Cooker
Pros: This is our second Hamilton Beach slow cooker (HBSC) for use in our rented vacation home. We got it on sale for $29.99 at NewEgg's black friday sale. This slow cooker works well if you know how to use it.
The first HBSC that we bought was their better model with it's cooking temperature probe. It cost around $50. - After using the better model for cooking we learned it's "habits". For a pork roast we would set it for 145-degrees and it would cook for about 3 1/2 hours before reaching that temperature - at which point it would drop the temperature back to "Warm".
So when purchasing our second HBSC we decided that we really did not need the more expensive model with the cooking probe.
And sure enough - two small pork roast will nestle inside this slow cooker - partially fill the cooker pot with liquid (pineapple juice or chicken broth, or whatever - set the temperature on "Low" setting and the timer to 4 hours and it cooked the pork roasts to perfection.
This cooker has clamps to hold the lid in position for moving it about. This is a great feature is you want to bring a hot slow cooked meal to another location. DO NOT cook with the lid clamped down.
The interior heavy ceramic pot sleeve has a good smooth gloss finish. It can be removed for cleaning. The ceramic pot is heavy and bulky which is what is needed for a good even cooking temperature.
I recommend this cooker for purposes of economy, size, ease of use and reliability.
Cons: None really. It's heavy, bulky and takes up a lot of kitchen cabinet shelf space. But this feature is what is required for a good slow cooker.
Other Thoughts: Recommend that one does not over-cook. Shoot for 3 1/2 hours - make sure that there is liquid in the pot to a depth of 1.5 to 2-inches. Keep the lid on and do not remove it -ever!- until finished.
After 3.5-hours of cooking time, let it drop back automatically to "Warm" and allow it to sit for another 3 to 5 hours. If you remove the meat at the end of the 3.5 hour cook time, the meat will probably firm up more than you expect.
We usually cook more meat than we need and give some to relatives. We will also cut, baggie and freeze portions for use in other future meals.
I have not tried this with veggies yet.
This review is from: Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 - Download
Pros: The 2013 version of S&T has more Points of Interest (POI) than previous versions and much more coverage of streets. Mexico streets and highway inclusions are vastly improved - to the point of including small coastal towns and campsites.
I use a Dell XPS Win 7 Pro laptop and connect to a wireless bluetooth GPS device with S&T 2013.
Next remote travel trip will be to Alaska and the Yukon territories.
GPX files - imports GPX files correctly.
Cons: Microsoft dropped the "return to previous" screen button. So if one clicks a button by mistake it is no longer easy to return to the previous screen. Loss of a nice feature, that.
Microsoft also dropped the ability to draw a zoom box to zoom down into an area. . .now you have to repeatedly click the magnifying button and hope that you have the screen properly centered.
Other Thoughts: Saved files are not compatible with older versions of S&T
If you have S&T 2013 on your desktop and S&T 2011 on your laptop - you will not be able to use 2013 map files on the 2011 version.
2013 will import older S&T map files.