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Where can you buy a crockpot aka slow cooker, in Krakow?


bookratt 6 | 85
30 Sep 2009  #1
I borrowed a crock pot (slow cooker, electric) from a Polish friend. She said they bought it here in Krakow, somewhere on Kalwarysja street, or near there, some time ago, but does not exactly remember where.

It is a UK brand name, called Rosemary Conley; it was new when purchased. It is white metal with a white pottery dish inside and a clear glass lid. It has the euro plug that you can use over here.

Is anyone familiar with this item, and can you tell me where on Kalwarysja Street something like this could be found?

I want to buy my own crock pot here, rather than try and bring my old one back with me from the States.
Wroclaw Boy
30 Sep 2009  #2
It has the euro plug that you can use over here.

Wouldnt be much use if it did'nt. Id try the any of the large electronic stores, ie Electro World, Media Market or the large super stores, ie Auchen, Tesco,s.
OP bookratt 6 | 85
2 Oct 2009  #3
We've looked at Tesco, Media Market, Carrefour, etc. Crockpots are unknown here, perhaps. Or, maybe they are more popular/well known in Warsaw?

I shop in these stores regularly and they do not sell crockpots. Staff in thse stores have no idea what I am talking about. They think I am referring to things named pressure cooker, and canning pot, which are not the same thing at all.

Thanks so much for your comment. But, if anyone else knows the shop in that Podgorze area which could be the correct one, please let me know.
Wroclaw Boy
2 Oct 2009  #4
Crockpots are unknown here, perhaps.

I think thats beacause they just cook in pots over the stove on a low heat, why cant you do that its the same at the end of the day. I think theyre a conn.

A while ago i was looking for moses baskets in Poland they do not exist as the Poles consider them a waste of money. Why buy a moses basket when you have a perfectly durable car seat. I had one sent out from England.
OP bookratt 6 | 85
2 Oct 2009  #5
I COULD stand in front of a hot stove or oven for 4-6 hours, to properly cook and baste a roast beef, and make gravy and several separate side dishes. I could also pound my clothes on a rock down by the river, instead of using an electric clothes washer. But I won't, thank you.

My guess is this: You have never actually used a crockpot, or eaten a pot roast and veggies and gravy made in one, have you? Or had crockpot chili or fondue or hot buttered rum or chicken cacciatore or yogurt or mushroom soup or stuffed chicken, either.

Put everything in raw, set the dial, plug it in, and voila! After 4-6-8 hours away from home, arrive to find a fabulous cooked meal. Just add a beverage.

BTW--They do sell moses baskets here, in Krakow and Warsaw. Some Polish women love them. They seem to love those moses basket/car seat/wheeled frame systems for babies, too.

Hurrah for convenience! Hurrah for innovation! Hurrah for the little things that make life grand! Hurrah for good food, cooked quickly! Hurrah for Poland! Hurrah for crockpots!

If I ever do find this place, I'll let you all know. You too, Wroclaw Boy. Everyone--even someone who thinks it's a con--should get at least one chance to know and love a crockpot.

Have a great weekend!
Wroclaw Boy
2 Oct 2009  #6
I COULD stand in front of a hot stove or oven for 4-6 hours,

You dont have to stand in front of it.

to properly cook and baste a roast beef,

Does a slow cooker automatically baste beef?

I could also pound my clothes on a rock down by the river, instead of using an electric clothes washer. But I won't, thank you.

Sarcasimn is the lowest form of whit.

My guess is this: You have never actually used a crockpot, or eaten a pot roast and veggies and gravy made in one, have you? Or had crockpot chili or fondue or hot buttered rum or chicken cacciatore or yogurt or mushroom soup or stuffed chicken, either.

Yes, yes and yes whats that got to do with a slow cooker?

BTW--They do sell moses baskets here, in Krakow and Warsaw. Some Polish women love them. They seem to love those moses basket/car seat/wheeled frame systems for babies, too.

Well provide proof please, and im not talking about the universal jobbies i have that already, a moses basket dealer, come on lets have it..

If I ever do find this place, I'll let you all know. You too, Wroclaw Boy. Everyone--even someone who thinks it's a con--should get at least one chance to know and love a crockpot.

I was a chef for 10 years, never used a crock pot or what ever you call it. Simply chopping ingredients and puttiung them in a pot is the laziest form of cooking you can come across. Some soups are made in that old fashioned way. Never as good as the traditional methods.

THANK YOU LAZY COOK...............

A crock pot = a glorified pan, thats all.
nierozumiem 9 | 118
2 Feb 2010  #7
Hurrah for crockpots!

Hurrah for "Wolnowar". Enter that word into Allegro

My guess is this: You have never actually used a crockpot, or eaten a pot roast and veggies and gravy made in one, have you? Or had crockpot chili or fondue or hot buttered rum or chicken cacciatore or yogurt or mushroom soup or stuffed chicken, either.

My heart is open to conversion, my schedule is open for eating, I welcome the invitation
convex 20 | 3,978
2 Feb 2010  #8
I was a chef for 10 years, never used a crock pot or what ever you call it. Simply chopping ingredients and puttiung them in a pot is the laziest form of cooking you can come across. Some soups are made in that old fashioned way. Never as good as the traditional methods.

On the other hand, if you don't have time to watch a pot or the oven the entire day, it's quite convenient. You can make a stew with 15 minutes of prep work. Most people would otherwise go to McDonalds or microwave something.
jonni 16 | 2,485
2 Feb 2010  #9
I was a chef for 10 years, never used a crock pot or what ever you call it. Simply chopping ingredients and puttiung them in a pot is the laziest form of cooking you can come across.

True. I don't have a crockpot, but I like pot-roasted meat (shoulder of lamb etc), and wonder sometimes if it would be cheaper than leaving the oven on slow for hours.

I think Euro RTV have them, also (sometimes) Jysk.

On a side note, Polish szponder pot roasts well, and a few Polish cuts of beef can be substituted for brisket, if you tie them. That would work well in a crock pot.

Probably good for bigos too.
Harry
2 Feb 2010  #10
Probably good for bigos too.

Probably absolutely ideal for bigos!
ShortHairThug - | 1,103
2 Feb 2010  #11
I find it ideal for chilly and kapusta z ┼╝eberkami. Great in the summer time when you want to spend more time outside, not in front of hot oven and want to have something different than grilled food.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
3 Feb 2010  #12
It's great for making pot roast--Moist and juicy pot roast done in a slow cooker is the best way to make it.



f stop 25 | 2,513
3 Feb 2010  #13
I went through a crockpot phase myself. The best thing about it you can throw some meat and veggies in it in the morning, turn it on and when you come back from work you have a pretty good stew ready. The worst thing about it is that the liquids do not reduce properly. That's why the recipes always call for adding "quick-cooking tapioca" (??) or some such thing as a thickener.

Now I use my crockpot to keep the food warm during parties. It makes a pretty good ice bucket, too.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
9 Feb 2010  #14
Opening the front door on a cold winter evening and being greeted by the inviting smells of beef stew or chicken noodle soup wafting from a slow cooker can be a diner's dream come true. But winter is not the only time a slow cooker is useful. In the summer, using this small electrical appliance can avoid introducing heat from a hot oven. At any time of year, a slow cooker can make life a little more convenient because by planning ahead, you save time later. And it takes less electricity to use a slow cooker rather than an oven.
joepilsudski 26 | 1,389
9 Feb 2010  #15
If all else fails, you can buy a crockpot from Wal-Martski in Krakow: however it will have been made in China.
cjj - | 281
9 Feb 2010  #16
She said they bought it here in Krakow, somewhere on Kalwarysja street, or near there, some time ago, but does not exactly remember where.

Any chance she bought it in a 2nd-hand clothes store? I know that sounds crazy but some of these shops also have baskets with oddments of books / electrical stuff / china. I have a splendid, large, muffin-capable Kenwood toaster at home now - courtesy of such a shop (and a snip at 3zloty ;) )

In my experience the electrical stuff is usually ignored by people because the plugs look alien and people aren't willing to take a risk.

(and yes, sometimes things are new. unwanted gifts I guess?)
Studentka
8 Aug 2011  #17
Did you ever find that Crock Pot? I'm looking for one myself for the same reasons -- put the meat, veggies and sauce in it in the morning and have a nice meal when you return in the evening. But no one here seems to ever have heard of it...
convex 20 | 3,978
8 Aug 2011  #18
Just pick one up on ebay, that's where i got mine.
Vincent 9 | 809 Moderator
8 Aug 2011  #19
crikey, they're not cheap, are they? Ive seen microwaves at half the price of these;)
convex 20 | 3,978
8 Aug 2011  #20
That's a big one, top of the line...and they ship to Poland :)
pgtx 29 | 3,159
8 Aug 2011  #21
top of the line.

does it also cut ingredients before cooking?

crockpot is such an American invention. isn't it better just to learn how to cook? :)
convex 20 | 3,978
8 Aug 2011  #22
crockpot is such an American invention. isn't it better just to learn how to cook? :)

Just another tool in my awesome arsenal of kitchen appliances. I don't like babysitting the stove all day. I'm doing sous vide short ribs right now in the cooler...will be done tomorrow. Embrace the low heat :)
pgtx 29 | 3,159
8 Aug 2011  #23
I don't like babysitting the stove all day.

exactly... that's why in American kitchen's menu is pretty much only a half of a cow from the grill... :)
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
8 Aug 2011  #24
They take up valuable space in a small kitchen, but the results, if used properly can be remarkable...
pgtx 29 | 3,159
8 Aug 2011  #25
if used properly can be remarkable...

yes, after a long day at work, men like to come back to a cleaned house, raised well kids, ironed socks and undies, hot looking wife and a delicious fresh made dinner out of one cow... yet, it wouldn't be all possible, for a hard working housewife, without a crockpot... !

...in America :)
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
8 Aug 2011  #26
See, there Is the opportunity... The woman can prepare the crock pot, go to work, bring home the boczek, and still have a nice dinner prepared for the man. In America. Maybe not so much in pl....

The cow thingy would work well in Poland as they could use some of that tender American cow there....
cjj - | 281
9 Aug 2011  #27
i saw crock pots in Real recently -- within the last 2 months, for sure...
beckski 12 | 1,617
9 Aug 2011  #28
Where can you buy a crockpot aka slow cooker, in Krakow?

Crockpots may be found, at a Thrift Shop or store selling used small appliances.

The woman can prepare the crock pot, go to work, bring home the boczek, and still have a nice dinner prepared for the man. In America.

You mean visa versa...
Studentka
10 Aug 2011  #29
thank you, cjj. that is very helpful.

I went to Real today, but they didn't have any crock pots. Nor did the woman at the store recall ever having them. In fact, she had never heard of such things. They had electric deep fryers, an electric pot of some sort on a 60 minute timer, a strange electric pan that looked like it was for bundt cakes, but nothing resembling a crock pot. And unfortunately, the crock pots on eBay cost a small fortune.

It's a shame...they run around US$30 in the US. And if you can't be at home watching your pot all day long so as not to burn the meal or the tenement building down, its a wonderful way to prepare a roast, stew, soup, brisket, chili, pasta sauce or anything else that needs to cook slowly and over several hours. Brown your meat and onions and put it in the pot with veggies and wine, stock, crushed tomatoes or whatever in the morning and when you return home at the end of the day you have a wonderful meal waiting for you.

I'm still open for suggestions if anyone knows where to get these. Otherwise, maybe I'll start importing them from the states myself!
BBman - | 344
11 Aug 2011  #30
When i lived in Poland, i also couldnt find a crock pot. The other thing i couldnt find was a rice cooker.

So i just ordered them off the internet from the states/canada and when they came in i cut off the US plug and attached a euro plug. Voila!


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