I have been considering buying a crockpot for some time now. While researching brands, I found that roasters can be used as crockpots. The Nesco roaster I'm considering buying got far better reviews on amazon.com than any of the crockpots I looked at.
The model I'm considering (link below) has an enameled porcelain insert, which is attractive to me as I am not a big fan of nonstick. It has a temperature range of 125 - 425F, which should allow me to sear meats right in the pot (correct?). It doesn't have any timers or computerized anything. another thing I like about this item is that I could cook on the Keep Warm setting if I wanted to.
I would like to make (steel-cut) oatmeal and stews and braises and pot roasts and corned beef in the winter with whatever appliance I end up buying. I am also somewhat interested in using the roaster instead of the oven in the summer for whatever I can't cook on the grill. Do you think the Nesco roaster is a good choice for my needs? Has anyone used a roaster as a crock pot and was it successful? Are there any advantages to getting an actual slow cooker as opposed to the roaster?
Thanks very much for any info/input/ideas on this.