What is a trivet? A metal stand with short feet, used under a hot dish on a table. A three legged stand made of metal, used for supporting cooking [Middle English trevet, stand for cooking vessels, from Old English trefet, probably alteration (influenced by Old English thrifēte, three-footed) of Latin tripēs, triped- : tri-, tri- + pēs, foot.] Source: Answers.com!!
Despite the folk tales linking the "lazy Susan" to Thomas Jefferson, the term first appeared in a 1903 edition of the Boston Journal. They are also referred to as "serviettes" or "butler's assistants". Susan was a common name for maids in the 1700s- it is possible that it was a marketing ploy to replace the name of "dumb waiter".
The answer is....(drumroll, please), 1= Low, 2= High. I have been looking for this answer for awhile because I too lost the instruction book that came with the slow cooker. I did an experiment. Stew and a meat thermometer, and the results were obvious!
Now as to how long the auto-shift stays on high before it shifts to low, I am not sure.
MB in Nova Scotia
Yes, MB is correct - I went to the proctor silex website and found the user manual. Here's a link to it: http://useandcares.hamiltonbeach.com/files/840036400.pdf
KM in Mass
The user manual says that Auto Shift starts cooking on high and finishes on low and that cooking times will be approximately halfway in between high and low cooking times. It doesn't say after how much time it switches. Some of the recipes in the manual give times to cook with Auto Shift.
Yes,plastic knives can cut meat.