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How to Clean your Slow Cooker

Woman cooking with a CrockpotThe days are getting shorter. The temperatures are dropping. Leaves are beginning to change color and fall from the trees. ‘Tis the season for Crock-pot© meals! But before you pull out your slow cooker and scour the Internet searching for delicious recipes, you might want to bone up on the best ways to clean up those slow-cooked messes. Don’t worry! Cleaning up your slow cooker is about as easy as cooking in it.

  • Always read the use and manufactures suggestions
  • According to the experts, you should always turn off the slow cooker, unplug it and allow it to cool before cleaning it.
  • The stoneware and lid cannot handle sudden changes in temperature. Don’t wash either in cold water if they are hot, and vice versa.
  • The lid and removable stoneware pot can go in the dishwasher, or you can wash with hot water and soap.
  • Do not use abrasives.

For really tough cooked-on messes, fill the Crock-pot with water and a few drops of dish soap. Cover, and turn the heat on low for a few hours. When the time is up, it should clean up very easily.

If food has become baked on the heating element itself, you can use oven cleaner. But do this outside. Simply spray an even coat of foam around the inside of the cooker. Let sit for at least an hour, and then wipe foam off with a sponge.


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