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Got Cholent?

My husband is now buying me a hooded sweatshirt with the slogan "Got Cholent?"

In size large, which I believe is my current size.

Where is he buying this? At the YU seforim sale. At 12:43PM. Doing his second pass at it (and running into friends at random because that's what happens at the YU seforim sale - *everyone* goes to it so you run into everyone you know.)

Which means he's not at work. Silly person.


I have a (what is likely really dumb) question about Sabbath cooking. Can you keep pre-cooked food warm in a slow cooker set to "Warm" overnight?

In other words, can you cook the food Friday morning, put it in a slow cooker set to "Warm" before candle-lighting time, and eat it the next day? Or is having the slow cooker on problematic? And could you use a slow cooker with an electronic timer?

Again, not a stupid question.

The definition of a cholent these days is a stew put together Friday afternoon (either far enough in advance to fully cook before dark *or* immediately before Shabbat so that it won't be edible until lunchtime the next day) in order to use some contrivance to cook slowly - originally, buried in the ground or covered in hay, then a baker's oven. Today, it's the slow cooker, or a pot on a low flame covered by a sheet of metal, or in a 200F oven.

I don't think many Orthodox families could manage without a crockpot.

I do know people who use a timer to shut their slow cookers off after lunchtime, but it stays on until then.

Thank you for answering! I have a friend whose oven has a "Sabbath" setting. They don't use it as far as I know because the electric service where they live is somewhat sporadic, and every time the power goes off on Sabbath the oven restarts at 350F. They were thinking of using a crockpot on a mechanical timer.