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crock pots/slow cookers

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by Trumpet, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Trumpet

    Trumpet

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    Hey all,
    I'm thinking of taking the plunge and getting a crock pot/slow cooker. I'm really apprehensive though concerning safety. Are these things safe? If I load her up in the morning and go to work is there a significant danger of coming home from work only to see our house burned down? This is the only thing keeping us from getting one.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
    Rich
     
  2. trackeryak

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    We use ours all the time and turn it on when we leave for work. We come home to a nice dinner ready to eat. If you are apprehensive about leaving it on, we were, try this - just use it on a few of your days off until you get over your concerns.
     

  3. lethal tupperwa

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    Things like how to set the cooker and how much liquid.

    Lots of people come home to a homecooked meal after a day at work.
     
  4. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Unreconstructed

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    Yep. They are about like leaving a light bulb on. Low current and not too hot.

    I put mine on a timer and let it come on or go off automatically while I am asleep or gone.

    I admit to being a bit nervous, but then I'm a safety engineer.

    Use it a few times while you are present and awake until you get comfortable with it.

    Make sure that you place it on a non-combustible counter top, and don't leave any paper or cloth nearby that could overheat.

    Make sure the cord and plug are in good condition, and don't have a bunch of other things plugged into the same outlet.

    And have plenty of liquid in it and leave the top on.
     
  5. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    that you've forgotten.

    soup. crockpot = beef stew, beans & ham hocks, jambalaya, (what's in mine right now) , posole` (my fave)..

    not to mention all those normal vegetable and leftover combinations that you inflict on helpless relatives.

    so get one, use one, and take three days to cook stuff.

    I use one for pear butter, and barbeque and hmm. i don't guess i ought to mention that they're JUST hot enough to distill.. no, i better NOT.. ;)
     
  6. VictorLouis

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    My comfort level is best when I leave it on the stove-top surface between all of the burners. The stove is designed to get hot for extended periods, whereas your counter-tops are not. That's just me.;e
     
  7. MrsKitty

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    We leave ours sitting in the sink, just in case it overflows, but we always leave a few inches extra space at the top.
     
  8. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    Crockpots rock.

    They are fine sitting on the counter.

    I was a sceptic, but my wife has converted me. We use our crockpot a lot! We were given a crockpot cookbook a couple of years back with a ton of great recipies, though we cook tons of "regular" recipie stuff in our crockpot as well.
     
  9. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Unreconstructed

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    Anybody tried the new disposable plastic crockpot liners for easy cleanup?

    I bought some, but have not tried them yet.

    Cleanup is not really that difficult.
     
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    Crockpot liners are WONDERFUL, especially when cooking something that can really stick, such as chili or cream soups.
     
  11. leadbutt

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    AH!!!!! The single person's best friend;f ;f

    After 8 hours of slow cooking any thing tuff is good to go
     
  12. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Unreconstructed

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    Yeah, or 15 minutes in a pressure cooker.