Post # 1
I am thinking of purchasing a new crock pot. The one I have is VERY old and I am afraid to use it. The ones I am looking at are the programmable ones that switch to ‘warm’ when done.
Do any of you frequently use a crock pot to cook during the day while you are at work? I am thinking this would be a very smart thing to start doing…especially since I’m starting evening classes soon.
The one thing I am nervous about is, of course, fire hazard. I read that the ones that switch to ‘warm’ are the safest. Anyone ever have any trouble? Any tips for crock safety or cooking with a crock in general?
Post # 3
Yes, I use mine all the time! It’s so nice to be able to have lunch (or supper) ready when we get home from work. I have never been too worried about a fire, seems reliable enough.
Post # 4
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I don’t have any real tips, just want to say that crock pot cooking is AWESOME and such a great time saver. Rather than leave stuff on while we are at work, we usually do it overnight while we are sleeping. Then you can package it up as lunch or it’s ready to be heated up for dinner.
Post # 5
Hi weekend twin! I’ve been using an older one for a while now and just recently got a new one with a timer that switches to warm for the same reasons you’re looking into it. I never had problems with the old one, but I always worried about going out while it was on. My new one is still in the package or I’d give you more info!
Post # 6
@Juliepants: ah weekend twin! 🙂 I was given an older one but I am afraid to use it b/c of the timer issue. yikes! Let me know how the new one works out!
@elysion: LOVE that idea to use it at night and then heat up dinner when I get home. I will probably start that way and once I’m comfortable leave it for the day. I feel much more confident now!
Post # 7
I’m actually getting a new one for my birthday – I requested the Calphalon one from Darling Husband.
I’ve got 2 currently – an older one, and one that is about a year old. The year old one is a Rival (Crock-Pot) brand one, and the thing overheats ALL THE TIME. I still use it, but will not use it while I’m not home. I had it on high yesterday and it was BOILING. Yea.. it boils on warm too.
It worked fine for the first few months, then started doing this. I won’t be buying another Crock-Pot branded one again…. I’ve seen too many issues with them.
Post # 8
@soyjoy222: Hey, do you have one of those plug-in timers? Like, that you can set to turn on at a certain time or go off after a certain number of hours (like for Christmas lights)? You could use one of those, too. We actually got one since I had a really hard time picking out a crock pot (I know, first world problems, right?) and I was originally just going to use the timer on my old one.
Also, Fiance used to put the crock pot on top of trivets because he thought it was going to melt our kitchen counter (which it wasn’t, haha). That might make you feel better in the meantime as well.
Post # 9
I looove my crockpot. I’ve had both versions, the one with a timer that switches to warm and one that doesn’t and both work fine. I obviously wouldn’t recommend taking off for 24 hours and leaving it plugged in, but we’ve never had any scares with leaving it plugged in while we’re at work all day.
Also, cannot recommend slow cooker liners enough. You can get them at any grocery store and they make clean up SO EASY. Once I discovered those, I used the slow cooker way more often because I didn’t have to deal with the messy clean up.
Post # 10
We use our crockpot all the time without issue and sometimes are gone for over 10 hours. It switches to warm and never seems too hot. The most proactive I’ll get about fire concerns is making sure the counter is clear of like paper towels and stuff. I love it for making healthy poultry like pulled chicken or turkey to put on salads with no additional calories from cooking.
Post # 11
We have a crockpot that switches to warm that we use all the time. The best advantage is that it gives you more flexibility in your recipes. I have no worries about making something that cooks for 5 hours when we will be gone for 8 or 9.
Post # 12
We LOVE ours! We got one as a wedding gift, and I use it way more than I ever thought I would. We even used it yesterday to make chilli 🙂
I do leave mine on all day, and I have never had it overheat. Darling Husband and I both work less than 10 miles from home, so if for some reason I was concerned or running late, I could always run home and turn it off. Ours doesn’t have a timer.
I use it frequently to make pulled chicken, pot roast, etc. I just turn it on low and 8-9 hours later, it is good to go!
Post # 13
We just got ours a month ago. It’s amazing! We have a new ritual where we throw everything in on Monday morning and it’s ready when we get home after a long day back at work. It’s a Cuisinart, with a programmable timer and turns to warm after it is done cooking. I definitely suggest getting one with a timer, to ease any worries you may have about it overheating.
Post # 14
Mine doesn’t have a timer, but I just leave it on low the whole time I’m gone, which is often around 10 hours. The only problem I’ve had is dinner getting slightly overcooked (like, the chicken is a tiny bit dry or something). However, if I was getting a new one I would probably get a timer one so I could do recipes that only need 5-6 hours. The only time I’ve used it over night is for chicken broth– throw the bones, vegetables, whatever, and a 6 cups of water or so in after dinner and in the morning you have delicious, super easy home made chicken broth.
As for a plug in timer, I wouldn’t do that since I don’t think you want it sitting out for hours without being heated at all. I’d rather overcooked food than food poisoning.
I love mine and use it probably at least once a week.
Post # 15
I use my Crockpot all the time, and I’ve never had a problem leaving it on all day whether I’m home or not. I’m cooking my first pot roast right now!! I just make sure nothing is around it like plastic bags or napkins or anything. I work nights though so I’m home a lot of the time, and its great for days where you’re in and out of the house. I usually just throw everything in in the morning and let it cook all day while I sleep 🙂 and then hubby gets home from work and the whole house smells great!
My best advice would be, even if it’s only your man and you at home, get a big one. We like to have lots of leftovers but our pot is too small to get more than one meal and maybe a next day lunch out of it.
Post # 16
I use mine constantly – especially to prepare the cats’ wet food! But sometimes I do make food for the humans as well.