I love my crock pot but just not for cooking. Its also great to keep things warm for parties. I have a bunch of them. I even have one that is split in the middle so it can heat 2 things at once. I like to put chili on one side and cheese sauce on another for making natchos. Its also great for keep a beverage warm in the winter like a great hot apple cider or spiced tea. I use mine for my bean soups. Its great to presoak the beans on low overnight so that they are ready to cook the next day. It makes any cut of meat tender. I use it daily for something or another. I like to make meals ahead so often have something creating in the crock. The nice thing is I can alos put the crock and all in the fridge when its done and pull it out anytime to heat it.