made in usa slowcooker/crockpot

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  1. paintlady

    paintlady Well-Known Member

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    I am a bit concerned about lead in the glazes of my slowcooker that was made in China. I have only used it a few times and the crockpot liner is showing some signs of stress cracks which would allow lead to leach into the food.
    I have searched online for a source of USA made crockpots/slowcookers but have had no luck.
    Does anyone know of any American companies that make slowcookers?
     
  2. Rita

    Rita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I worry about that too. I bought a West Bend that has a metal cooker so no lead leaching. It's nice that you can brown the meat in the same cooker.
     

  3. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    I can't find a slow cooker or microwave made in the States so I have neither.
     
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  5. mikec4193

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    Hi Paintlady

    You got my attention with this post. I am trying my darnest to purchase as much stuff that I need with made in the USA stuff....from my jeans to my work boots to my splitting wedge...etc etc...I have been reading this stuff that Roger Simmermaker has been putting out for a little while now.

    http://www.howtobuyamerican.com/bamw/index.shtml

    It is really scarey how little stuff is still made here. The cost are usually a lot more than the cheap Asian stuff is but I feel if we all would buy made in the USA stuff this economy would turn itself around.

    My 2 cent vent

    MikeC
     
  6. Michael W. Smith

    Michael W. Smith Well-Known Member

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    Well, they do make the crock pot plastic bag liners - but if you are afraid of leaching from the pot, you probably aren't going to be in favor of your food being heated in a plastic bag either. But that is an option.
     
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    Amen brother!
     
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    i find most of made in usa. stuff at good will or thrift stores.. it is older stuff, but good...
     
  9. MO_cows

    MO_cows I calls em like I sees em

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    Yikes! I never thought about the lead. I looked for a slow cooker made in USA and didn't find one in three different stores, so I caved and bought one at Wally World. The crock already has a crack in it, I bet I haven't used it 10 times. My old 70's orange one with the brown non-removable crock is still in the basement somewhere, maybe I better put it back in service and resign myself to inconvenient washing.....
     
  10. calliemoonbeam

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    I have numerous crockpots in different sizes and shapes, and all of them are vintage. They're still going strong after 20-40+ years and all American made. If one breaks or I decide I need another one, I'll be looking in thrift stores, yard sales, eBay, etc. I will do without before buying a new one. You can also find replacement cords, lids, handles, etc., in a lot of thrift stores to repair one if it breaks or the cord gets lost or something.

    I tried the newer ones (several different brands), but didn't like the higher temps they cook at, or the fact that they're all foreign made now. Also, recipes I've been using my whole life will burn to a crisp in one of the newer ones even on the lowest setting. We've had quite a few discussions about that on these boards in the past, lol. The old ones may be in some garish colors (avocado green and burnt orange anyone??), lol, but they work for me! :)
     
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    Guess we'll be sticking to the antique crock pot - the wood cook stove.
     
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    ||Downhome|| Born in the wrong Century

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    I wonder if you could find a potter to make you one? Every one I seen the Ceramic vessel is removable from the Heating element.
     
  13. calliemoonbeam

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    Pony, that sounds like an excellent plan, lol! Wish I had a wood stove! :)

    I have one crockpot that's not detachable, and I will admit it's my least used one, as it's harder to clean, plus a lot of times I just take the crock out and put it in the fridge and can't do it with that one.

    DH, having one made might be a good idea, but it might be cost prohibitive, and I'd just bet that any of the glazes used on it would not be American made either, leaving the question of whether it was truly safe or not. I think the most I paid for any of mine was $25, and I doubt you could get a crock made these days for less than twice that. But it might be worth checking into if someone just had a real aversion to buying a used one. Good thinking! :)
     
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    I have a fagor pressure cooker/canner that i love and three styles are made in spain:
    http://missvickie.com/resources/fagorchart.htm

    The EU actually has higher consumer and product safety standards than we do, so if you can't find what you need vintage, you could go this route as a second best option...
     
  15. paintlady

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    I contacted Hamilton Beach and Presto. Presto doesn't make slow cookers. Hamilton Beach units are made overseas but they claim that the lead in them meets the US standards for safety. As a ceramist I know that many foreign countries use lead in their glazes, especially for bright colors. This can leach out into the food when the liner crazes or cracks. I guess I will have to check out thrift stores to see if I can find an older model.
     
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    Unfortunately, this is true. When I'm looking at something from a safety aspect, I'll generally buy an EU product over American.
     
  17. Ardie/WI

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    I tried one of those. It broke. What a mess!
     
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    My reaction to the worthless junk exported from China is a personal trade embargo on Chinese goods. When I refuse to purchase anything made in China, it helps the cause to let the store know why. China junk isn't cheap stock for the store that can't sell it...Glen