(Closed) Leaving the crock pot on while at work?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I think it’s perfectly fine, but personally I usually leave the crockpot on while we are asleep, then when we wake up we package it all up into containers for the fridge.  The only time I’ve had food burn from being on too long, it was pulled pork and it made it better LoL.

Post # 4
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

maybe invest in a crockpot with a timer?? or just go buy one of the timers you hook the plug into. (lots of people use them for chrismas lights)

Edit: I totally leave it on for 8+ hours though so I’m not too paranoid about it anymore (I was at first!)

Post # 5
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was so paranoid also, but after staying home the first couple times I used my slow cooker, I saw it would be fine.  I just make sure I don’t leave anything else close to the cooker, keep it as far from under the cupboards and away from the wall as possible.  My husband gets home before I do, so it’s usually right around the 8-9 hour mark that it’s been left on.  We’ve never had a problem with burnt food, even after it’s been in there for 10 hours 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 6
5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

No worries, do it all the time!

Post # 7
3943 posts
Honey bee

@AnnieAAA:  I’m the same way. I always freak out and worry all day that my house is burning down, but then I get home from work to a hot meal and I’m like “why don’t i do this more often!?!”.

I just leave mine on low, and make sure there isn’t anything close to it that could be dangerous (napkins, etc.). Mine actually usually goes longer than 8 hours because of our work schedule.

Post # 8
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@AnnieAAA:  I’ve done it many times.  If you let it go for 9 hours, it’s not a big deal, especially if it’s a pot roast.  (Actually, I like to let my pot roasts go for about 11 hours on low.)

If you set it on the counter, and there’s nothing around it, it should be perfectly safe.  🙂

Post # 9
9627 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do this frequently and have for years – never had a problem.

Post # 10
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have mine on as I type. I’m always scared that I will come home to a fire, but of course, that’s never happened. Mine is usually on for about 9-10 hours while I’m at work. I just use it on a low setting and maybe add a bit more liquid. FIs crockpot actually has a setting to do a timed cook (for 8-10 hours either on high or low), and I’m using that for the first time today. We’ll see how it works – I’m not sure if it will switch off after 8 hours or if it will turn to warm or what… To sum up, in my experience, you will be fine!

Post # 11
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Agreed with all the PPs that said just make sure there’s nothing around it and you should be fine! I used to worry about mine too but I typically use it on low for 8+ hours and have never had a problem.

Post # 12
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I do it all the time.  I just make sure nothing is around the crock pot, like dish towels or paper towels.  I usually cook things that take hours but I am usually gone for 9-10 hours.  I usually throw my ingredients in right before I leave, set it for 8 hours and then once it hits that 8 hour mark, it switches to the WARM setting automatically.  Once I get home, I just give it some quick stirs and then serve it when we are ready.  I personally, have never had anything burn…maybe that’s because of my food choices?  Not sure.   

Post # 13
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Not to worry one bit, I do it all the time. You set the time for 6, or 8 – however many hours and its shuts off and keeps warm. I dont think its a hazard at all, and your house smells sooooooooo good when you get home. I do it often.

Post # 15
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

This is actually what they’re designed for. Pretty sure nothing bad is going to happen unless you have frayed cords or faulty electrical wiring in your home.

Post # 16
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I also do this all the time.  I leave mine on the “warm” setting though, my “low” setting gets too hot.

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