8.5-Qt. Digital Slow Cooker
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Instruction Manual
Item No.: 739708
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Important Safeguards
This product is intended for use in cooking food products. Do NOT use this
product for anything other than intended.
Thank you for purchasing your Chef Tested® 8.5-Quart Slow Cooker by
Montgomery Ward®. Put through the paces by the experts, we guarantee
that it will perform to the highest standard, time after time, with all the
convenience, easy clean-up and durability you rely on from Wards.
Enjoy the versatility of your new, high-capacity slow cooker. From summer
barbecues to wintertime gatherings, you’re sure to appreciate its impressive
power and ease of use. Just add your ingredients, press a few buttons and
walk away! Programmable settings include low for slow cooking and high
for vigorous simmering, and it auto-switches to warm when cooking is done.
At the end of the festivities you can put the ceramic pot and glass lid in the
dishwasher, or they also clean up easily with warm water and soap.
Table of Contents
Important Safeguards........................ 3–4
Polarized Plug....................................... 5
Parts & Features.................................... 6
Before Using for the First Time.............. 7
How to Use............................................ 7
Instructions for Food Prep................. 8–9
Cleaning & Care.................................... 9
Helpful Hints........................................ 10
Adapting Recipes Tips......................... 11
Recipes.......................................... 12–13
Warranty & Return Information...... 14–15
WARNING: To avoid risks of electrical shock, burns or injuries, always make sure
the product is unplugged from the electrical outlet before displacing, servicing or
When using any appliances and to reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock,
burns or serious injury, basic safety precautions should always be followed:
1. B
efore using this appliance, please carefully check to make sure that the
voltage is compatible with your home and that the cord is connected to a
properly grounded electrical outlet of similar voltage. CAUTION: risk of fire,
electrical shock, burns or injury if Slow Cooker is not connected as instructed.
2. A
LWAYS place appliance on a flat, level, heat-resistant and stable surface.
3. M
ake sure Slow Cooker and all controls are in “OFF” position before inserting
plug in electrical outlet.
4. D
o NOT plug/unplug Slow Cooker into/from electrical outlet with wet hands.
5. To disconnect Slow Cooker from electrical outlet, pull directly on the plug; do
NOT pull on the power cord.
6. D
o NOT let power cord hang over edge of table or counter or touch any hot
7. D
o NOT place or use the unit or any parts on or near a hot gas or electric
burner, in a heated oven or on a stovetop.
8. This appliance should not be used by or near children, or persons with certain
9. C
lose supervision is necessary when any appliance is used near children.
10. E
xtreme caution must be used when moving the Slow Cooker when it contains
hot food, water or other liquids.
11. C
AUTION: Never touch the steel exterior during operation or before it cools
down completely. Use handles and knobs. DO NOT TOUCH HOT
SURFACES. Use oven mitts when removing lid or handling contents.
12. D
o NOT switch on the Slow Cooker if the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot is
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Important Safeguards (cont’d)
13. D
o NOT switch on the Slow Cooker when it is upside down or laid on its side.
14. N
EVER cook directly in the base unit. Only use Removable Stoneware Cooking
Pot to cook.
15. D
o NOT use Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot or Glass Lid if cracked or
16. Glass Lid and Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot are fragile. Handle with care.
17. D
o NOT operate this or any other appliance with a damaged cord or plug or after
the appliance malfunctions, has been damaged in any way, has been immersed
in water or other liquid. Contact our toll-free Customer Service for returns or
18. To avoid risk of electrical shock, fire or injuries, do NOT immerse in or expose
appliance, base, electrical cord or plug to water or other liquids.
19. The use of any accessories or attachments not recommended by the manufacturer may cause fire, electric shock or injury.
20. WARNING: This appliance cooks hot food that can cause burns, scalding and
serious injuries. Use extreme caution and always use oven mitts and cooking
tongs/spoon to remove food from your Slow Cooker. Do NOT move this or any
appliance containing hot food, oil, liquid or other.
21. A
lways use Control Functions/Buttons to operate unit.
22. M
ake sure appliance is in “OFF” position and unplugged before adding/removing
23. A
llow Glass Lid and Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot to cool down first before
cleaning with water.
24. D
o NOT place Base in dishwasher.
Polarized Plug
This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). As a safety
feature to reduce the risk of electrical shock, this plug is intended to fit a polarized
outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still
does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to modify the plug in any
1. A
short power supply cord is provided to reduce the risk resulting from
becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
2. L
onger detachable power-supply cords or extension cords are available and may
be used if care is exercised in their use.
3. If a long detachable power cord or extension cord is used:
• The marked electrical rating of the detachable power supply cord or extension cord should be at least as great as the electrical rating of the
• If the appliance is of the grounded type, the extension cord should be the
same type 3-wire.
• The longer cord should be arranged so that it will not drape over
the countertop or tabletop where it can be pulled on by children or tripped
CAUTION: To prevent Plasticizers from migrating from the finish of the
counter top or table top or other furniture, place NON-PLASTIC coaster or placemats between the appliance and the finish of the countertop or tabletop. Failure
to do so may cause the finish to darken. Permanent blemishes may occur or
stains can appear.
25. D
o NOT move the product while it is in use.
26. U
nplug power cord from outlet when not in use. Clean and cover the unit and
store in a cool, dry place if not being used for extended periods of time.
27. This appliance is NOT recommended for outdoor use.
28. If the appliance malfunctions during use, shut down unit IMMEDIATELY and
discontinue use. Do NOT attempt to open any part of the base. This product has
no user-servicable parts. Do NOT use or replace with any unauthorized parts not
intended for this unit. All parts for this appliance must be used according to this
instruction manual. Contact our toll-free Customer Service for returns or refunds.
Keep out of reach of children. Do NOT leave appliance unattended when in
use. Always supervise children when they are near the appliance. Do NOT
allow children to operate or be near the appliance while in use.
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Parts & Features
Before Using for the First Time
1. R
emove all labels and tags from the Slow Cooker.
1. Tempered Glass Lid
2. Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot
3. Base
4. Side Handles
5. Temperature Indicator Lights
6. STOP/START Button
7. Temperature Setting
8. Timer Setting
9. Digital Display
2. Wash Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) and Glass Lid (1) in hot soapy
water with a sponge or soft cloth, rinse and dry thoroughly. IMPORTANT:
Do NOT immerse in or expose appliance, base, electrical cord or plug to
water or other liquid.
3. N
OTE: Your Slow Cooker has been manufactured with a protective coating.
During initial use, you may notice a small amount of smoke and/or odor that
may occur. This is normal and smoke/odor will dissipate in a few minutes.
How to Use
1. P
lace Slow Cooker on a dry, level, heat-resistant surface, away from the edge
of the work surface. Do NOT use on the floor.
2. P
lace food and other ingredients into Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2),
and place pot into base. Cover with Glass Lid (1). If you need to pre-cook or
brown foods prior to slow cooking, this must be done in a pan. Do NOT try to
brown or pre-cook food in the Slow Cooker.
3. P
lug cord into outlet. Digital Display (9) will indicate “OFF” and blink.
4. P
ress START/STOP button once, display will indicate “00:00”. Then press the
UP arrow to set the cooking time.
OTE: Timer increases/decreases by 30 minute increments (minimum
cook time is 30 minutes, maximum is 12 hours).
5. A
fter setting the desired cooking time, press the HIGH/LOW/WARM button to
set the temperature by pressing once for “HIGH”, twice for “LOW” and three
times for “WARM”. The Slow Cooker will automatically start cooking.
OTE: When the Slow Cooker has finished cooking, it will automatically
switch to a 6-hour warming cycle and then will shut off (Digital Display (9)
will indicate “OFF” and blink).
6. To turn the Slow Cooker off, press the START/STOP button. The Digital Display
(9) will indicate “OFF” and blink.
7. If the Slow Cooker has already started cooking and you need to change the
time setting, you must repeat steps 4–5.
8. When you are done cooking with your Slow Cooker, turn it off and unplug the
power cord from the wall outlet. Using oven mitts, remove the Removable
Stoneware Cooking Pot (2).
CAUTION: Ceramic Pot is HOT and could cause burns, scalding or serious injury
when handling or when removing the Tempered Glass Lid (1).
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Instructions for Food Prep (cont’d)
Instructions for Food Prep
1. C
ut root vegetables into small, even pieces, as they take longer to cook than
meat. They should be gently sautéed for 2–3 minutes before slow cooking.
Ensure root vegetables are always placed at the bottom of pot and all
ingredients are immersed in cooking liquid.
2. Trim all excess fat from meat before cooking, since slow cooking method does
not allow fat to evaporate.
3. If adapting an existing recipe from conventional cooking, you may need to cut
down on the amount of liquid used. Liquid will not evaporate from the Slow
Cooker to the same extent as with conventional cooking.
4. N
ever leave uncooked food at room temperature in the Slow Cooker.
5. D
o not use the Slow Cooker to reheat food.
6. U
ncooked red beans must be soaked and boiled for at least 10 minutes to
remove toxins before use in a Slow Cooker.
7. A
uthentic stoneware is fired at high temperatures; therefore the Removable
Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) may have minor surface blemishes and the Glass
Lid (1) may not fit tightly due to these imperfections. Low heat cooking does not
produce steam so there will be little heat loss. Due to normal wear and tear, the
ceramic finish of the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) may show some
surface crackle after some time.
8. D
o not put Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) or Glass Lid (1) in a freezer,
microwave or on/in a gas/electrical burner or oven.
9. D
o not subject Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) to sudden changes in
temperature. Adding cold water to a very hot pot could cause it to crack and
10. There is an area on the base of the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) that
has to remain unglazed for manufacturing purposes. This unglazed area is porous and will soak up water when immersed in it. This should be avoided. Do not
allow Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) to stand in water for a long period
of time. You may however, leave water IN the Removable Stoneware Cooking
Pot (2) to soak and facilitate cleaning.
11. D
o not switch the cooker on when Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) is
empty or out of the base.
1. D
o NOT immerse in or expose appliance, Base (3), electrical cord or
plug to water or other liquid.
2. D
o NOT place Glass Lid (1) in refrigerator or freezer as it could crack.
3. When removing Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) from refrigerator, do not use
immediately. Let it stand for some 40 minutes before using as it could
crack if not properly brought to room temperature.
4. N
EVER place Ceramic Pot (2) on gas or electric stovetop as it could
5. D
o NOT cook food until it is unfrozen.
Cleaning & Care
This appliance contains no user serviceable parts. Do not try to repair it yourself.
Refer it to qualified service personnel if servicing is needed.
1. A
lways make sure Slow Cooker is unplugged and in “OFF” position before
displacing, storing or cleaning. Make sure the unit has cooled down completely
before cleansing.
2. C
lean Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) in warm soapy water. Rinse and
dry thoroughly. To remove any food that has been cooked onto the bottom of the
pot, simply soak overnight in soapy water and rinse the next day. Do not allow
Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) to stand in water for a long period of time.
3. B
ase of Slow Cooker can be wiped with a damp cloth and dried with a clean dry
cloth. Do NOT use harsh abrasive cleaners or scouring pads to clean any part of
the Slow Cooker as this will damage the surface.
4. WARNING: Do NOT immerse Slow Cooker Base, electrical cord or plug in water
or other liquid. Danger of electrical shock or damage to the unit.
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Helpful Hints
Adapting Recipes Tips R
1. R
emovable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) must be at least half full for best results.
• The LOW setting is recommended for all-day cooking. Most meat-andvegetable combinations required at least 7 hours on LOW.
2. S
low cooking retains moisture. If you wish to reduce moisture in cooker,
remove lid after cooking and turn control to high setting (if set to low) and simmer for 30–45 minutes.
• For best flavor, use whole-leaf herbs and spices during initial preparation.
If ground herbs and spices are used, stir in during last hour of cooking.
3. The Glass Lid (1) is not a sealed fit. Do not remove lid unnecessarily as the
built up heat will escape. Each time you remove lid, allow an additional 10
minutes of cooking time.
• Many factors can affect how quickly a recipe will cook. The water and fat
content of food, its temperature, and the size of the item(s) will all affect
the cooking time. Food cut into pieces will cook faster than larger pieces.
4. If cooking soup, leave 2 inches (5 cm) of space between top of Removable
Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) and food surface to allow proper simmering.
• Recipes for vegetable-type casseroles must contain liquid to prevent
scorching on the sides of the cooking pot.
5. M
any recipes require all day cooking. If you do not have time to prepare food
that morning, prepare it the night before and store food in a covered container
in refrigerator. NOTE: When removing the Slow Cooker with food from the
refrigerator, allow the cooking pot to warm up before placing it into the base.
• If using a specific recipe, one item may be substituted for another, if an equal
quantity is used. For example, if recipe calls for a 12-oz. can of chicken broth,
a 10-oz. can of tomato soup plus 2 oz. of something else (water, wine,
canned tomatoes) may be substituted.
6. M
ost meat and vegetable recipes require 8–10 hours on LOW setting or 4–6
hours on HIGH.
7. S
ome ingredients are not suitable for slow cooking. Pasta, seafood, milk and
cream should be added towards the end of the cooking period. Many elements affect how quickly food will cook: water and fat content, initial temperature of the food, size of food, etc.
8. F
ood cut into small pieces will cook more quickly. Try different cuts and cooking time to fully optimize the potential of your Slow Cooker.
• Canned beans may be added directly to any recipe, but dried beans,
especially red kidney beans, may be soaked in water (if desired) and boiled
first. After covering and boiling in 3 times their volume of unsalted water,
discard water and add beans to recipe. It is recommended that beans are
softened completely before they are combined with sugary and/or acidic
foods, as these have a hardening effect on beans. In this case, beans should
be allowed to simmer until tender (about 1½ hours) after boiling.
9. R
oot vegetables usually take longer to cook than meat, so try and arrange
vegetables in the bottom of the pot.
10. A
fter food is cooked, switch cooker off and leave covered with the lid on. There
will be enough heat in the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2) to keep
warm for 30 minutes. If you require longer to keep warm, switch to Low setting.
11. A
ll foods should be covered with liquid, gravy or sauce. In a separate pan or
container prepare your liquid, gravy or sauce and completely cover the food in
the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2).
12. P
re-browning meat and onions in a pan to seal in the juices also reduces the
fat content before adding to the Removable Stoneware Cooking Pot (2). This
improves flavor but is not necessary if time is limited.
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Berry Lemon Cinnamon Slow Cooker Bread Pudding
⁄4 cup softened butter 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
8 oz. softened cream cheese 1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar 8 cups cinnamon bread (cut into 1" 4 eggs
2 cups half & half 2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. lemon zest
Cooking spray (vegetable or canola)
• Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar.
• Slowly add 1 egg at a time into butter/cream cheese mixture.
• Slowly add half & half, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside custard mixture.
• Spray inside of slow cooker completely with cooking spray.
• In large bowl, mix bread cubes, frozen berries and lemon zest. Add custard and mix.
• Pour mixture into slow cooker.
• Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
• When done, pour lemon glaze (below) over pudding while in slow cooker, wait 5
minutes and then serve.
Lemon Glaze – for best results, do not make until ready to serve bread pudding
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. half & half
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• Slowly mix powdered sugar and half & half until it forms thick mass.
• Add remaining ingredients and stir until glaze is smooth.
• Yield: 6-8 servings
Piemonte Pork Loin
3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 yellow onion, diced 1⁄2 tsp. garlic salt
1 lb. pkg. dried Great Northern beans, rinsed 1 tsp. black pepper
5 lb. pork loin (remove excess fat) 1 cup apple juice
10 oz. cubed Italian hard salami 1 cup white wine
16 oz. jar mild giardiniera in vinegar, undrained 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
• Place garlic, onion and dried beans in slow cooker.
• Place pork loin on top of beans.
• Add salami and giardiniere (including liquid) to cooker.
• In a bowl, mix Italian seasoning, garlic salt, pepper, apple juice, white wine and
tomato paste. Pour over pork.
• With lid on slow cooker, cook on low for 7 hours (until pork loin registers 160°F on
thermometer). Slice and serve.
• Yield: 6-8 servings
Barcelona Chicken
4 (bone-in) split, chicken breasts, skin removed
4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
⁄2 tsp. garlic salt
⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 whole red onion, diced
⁄2 cup dried apricots or golden raisins
1 cup pimento-stuffed olives
⁄4 cup (4-oz.) diced roasted red peppers
1 cup red wine
⁄2 cup orange juice
⁄2 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp. grated orange zest
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
⁄2 tsp. sweet (or smoked) paprika
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
⁄2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
• Mix flour, garlic salt, pepper in bowl. Dust chicken then set aside.
• Place garlic and red onion in slow cooker.
• Place chicken on top of garlic and onion in slow cooker.
• Add apricots or golden raisins, olives and red peppers to slow cooker.
• Whisk red wine, orange juice, chicken stock, fruits zests, vinegar, honey, paprika
and remaining flour mixture together. Pour over chicken.
• Nestle bay leaf and cinnamon stick among chicken breasts.
• Cover and cook on low for 4 hours (until chicken registers 165° on thermometer).
• Add chopped parsley and stir. Serve.
• Yield: 4 servings.
Beef Tomato Stroganoff
3 cloves minced garlic
1 diced onion
1 lb. quartered button mushrooms
3 lb. bottom round roast (1" cubes)
1 cup diced tomatoes (can substitute 1 cup drained stewed tomatoes)
10.75 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
⁄2 Tbsp. dried thyme
⁄2 tsp. dried marjoram
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. sour cream
⁄4 cup chopped fresh dill
• Place garlic, onion, mushrooms and tomatoes in slow cooker.
• Place cubed beef on top of vegetables.
• Mix soup, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, thyme, marjoram, vinegar, flour,
garlic salt and pepper in bowl. Pour over beef.
• Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
• When cooked, stir in sour cream and dill.
• Yield: 8-10 servings
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If any item, for any reason, does not meet your expectations, just return it to us.
We’ll gladly either:
• Refund your merchandise amount
• Credit your account
• Send a replacement
You can return any unused item in its original packaging within 60 days of its
receipt for a full refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping and handling
Please send returns to:
Montgomery Ward, Inc.
Attn: Customer Returns
2000 Harrison Suite 100
Clinton, IA 52732-6676
When returning an item:
• Use the original packaging and pack it securely.
• Please adequately insure your item in case you need to make a claim
with the carrier you choose for returning your item.
• Include your order number and reason for return.
• We recommend keeping the receipt for 4 weeks.
1 Year Limited Warranty
Montgomery Ward, Inc. warrants this Chef Tested product
to be free from defects in material and workmanship
for one year from provable date of purchase.
Within this warranty period, Montgomery Ward will repair or
replace, at its option, defective parts of this Chef Tested
product at no charge, provided the product is returned,
freight prepaid with proof of purchase to Montgomery Ward.
Allow 2–4 weeks for return shipping.
This warranty does not cover improper installation, misuse,
abuse or neglect on part of the owner. Warranty is also
invalid in any case that the product is taken apart or
serviced by an unauthorized service station.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and they may
vary from state to state.
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