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Most Recent Questions
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I am wondering about the fully programmable function.
Recent Question:
Does this crockpot automatically switch to warming when the timer runs out?
Recent Question:
How heavy is the insert? Do you have problems with lifting insert out?
Recent Question:
is this a 15 psi cooker ,timer to begin cooking before I get home
Questions with Most Recent Answers
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Can I program it to cook for the amount of hours I will be gone and it will adjust the temperature as needed?
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Does this crockpot automatically switch to warming when the timer runs out?
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Where can I find recipes for this steamer?
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Do you have to use that rubberband tie down on the pot when cooking or just transporting ?
Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver

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Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver

The Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker is a great machine for busy people. Simply let it do the cooking for you and come home to a great meal.
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Questions & Answers for Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver

Question

why is there a hole in my lid? Is this what they call a gasket lid? I never had a crock pot with a hole in the lid.

asked 4 years, 8 months ago
By
shopper9051
 - Covington, Ga
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
To let the steam escape.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
Fabeetz
 - Cleveland, OH
answer 2
I love the hole in the lid. It lets excess steam escape. You don't end up with all that water sitting on your food. Oh, it also lets the whole house smell wonderful !!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
MrsLMB
 - Ohio
answer 3
The hole is there to relieve pressure. The gasket lid and strap work so well that it prevents steam from escaping. If it wasn't there you'd have a huge mess to clean up, not to mention potentially hot liquid spilling on you.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Texas33
 - Cleburne, Texas
answer 4
The hole in your cover is for ventilation which prevents the cover from forming a vacuum and sealing itself to the stoneware vessel. Your slow cooker was calibrated with this cover so cooking times will not be affected.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
HBBrandsCustomerService
 - Washington, NC
Question

what size of turkey could this pot cook

asked 4 years, 11 months ago
By
needelp1
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would say a 15 lb.bird would fill it completely, so up yo that would probably be a-ok.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
SDSmith
 - Jacksonville, Fl.
answer 2
It will hold a chicken. I don't think you could stuff a turkey into it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
MrsLMB
 - Ohio
answer 3
The 5 Quart Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker model 33156 will hold a 4.5 lb. turkey or turkey breast.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
HBBrandsCustomerService
 - Washington, NC
answer 4
I don't think you could get a small enough turkey unless it was just the breast. Only good or 4-5 LB
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
birdlady9
 - oob, me
Question

What is the purpose of the hole in the lid, and why doesn't this product have something to plug it with?

asked 3 years, 5 months ago
By
txmaniac
 - Corpus Christi, TX
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
The purpose of the hole is to vent steam when cooking to prevent dangerous levels of pressure from building up. The seal around the lid is tight when cooking and you would wind up with so much pressure during long cooking, it could explode without the vent. Never plug it up except when transporting food you could stick a bit of aluminum foil there to keep food from spilling.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
terriveganmom
answer 2
The hole serves a purpose to set a small amount of steam out to help with cooking, and why would you want to plug it up. This helps to keep down overflow.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
SDSmith
 - Jacksonville, Fl.
answer 3
it's for steam to release. it won't affect cooking. it's supposed to be there
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
pickanameanyname
 - oklahoma
Question

Does The Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker (Model# 33156) have a timer that when done shifts to warm automatically?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
By
KKatMK
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
No timer, it's all manual.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
MrsLMB
 - Ohio
answer 2
no
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
judyosh
 - princeton, wi
answer 3
The Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker model 33156 has High, Low and Keep Warm settings. It does not shift automatically to the Keep Warm setting.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
By
HBBrandsCustomerService
 - Washington, NC
Question

Is there supposed to be a plug for the vent on cover? When I took soup in it, it spilled out the vent hole.

asked 3 years, 5 months ago
By
DizziD
 - Binghamton,NY
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
There is no plug for the vent. What I suggest is that if you are planning to carry food somewhere, use a bit of aluminum foil to poke in the vent so the food can't spill out.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
terriveganmom
answer 2
Yes. Mine came with a plug.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
ShopperGurl2011
 - Houston, TX
Question

My concern is the outside being HOT. Is this on all settings or just High?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
By
SueB2
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
It grows hot on all settings. I have mine sitting on a cookie sheet and put far back on the counter so that no one will touch it. I have touched it lightly and have not been burned. I am testing recipes for another writer's latest cookbook and so I have used all of the settings- low, high, keep warm- and the "hot" grows the hottest.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
terriveganmom
answer 2
I've only cooked on the low setting so far and after my slow cooker had been going for at least 8 hours, my daughter touched the outside of the crock pot and I was fearful that she had burned herself but it wasn't hot at all. I touched it myself and it was warm but not hot to the touch.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
4everonline
Question

Will it get too hot if only liquid(like orange juice) is heated ?

I make a warm drink my family loves but my current crok pot scorches because it gets too hot even on low.
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
sprout1988
 - Butler,PA
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have had no scorching on the bottom of mine, but have not tried only juice. Wine did fine.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
Fabeetz
 - Cleveland, OH
answer 2
not on lower setting
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
ed44
 - Rahway, NJ
Question

What is the wattage of the heating unit?

Hamilton beach slow cooker model 33156sz
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
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answer 1
it's 110
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
RusticResort
 - Northern Michigan
answer 2
It tells you what the wattage is on the bottom of the unit.
answered 3 years ago
By
mamie16354
 - PA
Question

in F. degrees, how hot does this unit get?

asked 4 years, 9 months ago
By
224gaRY
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Hamilton Beach Slow cookers have a heater that can be set to High or Low heat for slow cooking (setting to High or Low is similar to setting a burner on a stove). There is no thermostat involved, therefore, there is no specified temperature that a slow cooker can be adjusted to. Ideally, some amount of water should be kept in the crock at all times. As long as there is some water in the crock, the temperature of the water/food in the crock cannot exceed boiling temperature of 212F (at sea level). Of course, it will take more hours on Low setting than High setting, but eventually a slow cooker should almost reach or actually reach boiling temperature. Normally, food is done slightly before or about when a simmer/boiling temperature is reached, but it can depend on the food and a person's preference.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
HBBrandsCustomerService
 - Washington, NC
answer 2
I'm using it on high right now, and my thermometer tells me the contents are at 202 degrees. I would bet on low it's about 175.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
45458
 - Ohio
Question

can you purchas a replacemnt crock insert?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
By
mes962000
on Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker, Silver
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes you can but you have to contact dealer not store as with anything, it's not easy
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
RusticResort
 - Northern Michigan
answer 2
I would contact the company on line to see if replacements are available as they should be as this is an old reliable product brand,
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
SDSmith
 - Jacksonville, Fl.
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