We got our crockpot, which is a pretty decent-sized, oval-shaped one, nearly 10 years ago as a wedding present. I've used it for exactly 2 things- to cook bean soup and to make queso dip. I made both a handful of times before I discovered that it was easier for me to just do them on the stovetop.
That's my overall issue with crockpot cooking. I got one of those "Fix it and Forget it" cookbooks, but everytime I've pulled it out, I end up modifying the recipe for my stovetop. If something tastes better via slow cooking, like the bean soup, I use my dutch oven.
I'm guessing I'd use the thing more if I worked outside of the home. I can see how it'd be convenient. But I'm home all day, so it always feel easier to me to just use my stovetop. I typically start dinner around 4 or so (unless it's something that cooks slow, like chili or bean soup), as we like to eat around 5 or 5:30pm.
Are there any benefits to the crockpot that I'm just not seeing? Or is it time to pass it on to a new home?