Post # 1
I’m in the middle of cooking a pot roast in the crockpot and my FI asked if I wanted to go somewhere with him for a couple hours. I’ve never left my crockpot on unattended, but I know a lot of people who do.
What are your opinions on this? Just curious!
P.S. I’m really afraid of fire, so that’s probably why I’ve never left with the crockpot on before!
Post # 3
@BakerBee16: I’ve left mine unattended before. I just always make sure to be back before its done so it doesn’t dry out.
Post # 4
@BakerBee16: I’ve done it. Just make sure there is nothing around it or the plug… If you have a dog, make sure it’s out of reach to him.
Post # 5
@BakerBee16: Well, my dad did it all of my life & I now use it when I’m not home too.
That’s the beauty of it; you don’t have to be there when it’s cooking, so it cooks itself. It’s really a thing of beauty 😛
Post # 6
I always leave mine on when I go to work! I’ve never had any issues whatsoever.
Post # 7
I vote yes…that’s pretty much the point of them…unattended cooking 🙂
Post # 8
@BakerBee16: I think that is totally up to you! I know a lot of people who do it and they are fine… but I have a friend who left hers on, it shorted out, caused a fire and she lost literally everything.
Personally, I couldn’t. Just because I’m paranoid. But I also don’t leave my dryer on when I’m not at home.
Post # 9
I leave mine on all the time, especially if I’m roasting something for 12+ hours.
I’ve done it since I was a kid, never once an accident.
if you’re afraid of electrical fires, think of all the things you keep plugged in 24/7. Phone chargers, computers (Computers continually drain electricity to keep the memory “alive”), bathroom plug-in lights, plug-in air fresheners, battery chargers, power strips, refridgerators, washer/dryers, freezers, car battery chargers, dish washers… there are so many things that are “just as much” a fire/electrical fire hazard as a crock pot.
You’ll be fine.
Post # 10
I mean… I suppose it’s not any more or less safe than running the dishwasher, or dryer, etc on while you aren’t home. Anything can freak out and start a fire. The first time I left mine on and left the house I was worried something would happen, but now I leave it on quite frequently when we aren’t home. Actually those are probably the scenarios I use it in most! There’s always a risk with something that is plugged in but it should be fine.
Post # 11
We always leave ours unattended! LOL
Post # 12
For me that’s kind of the point of having a crock pot. When I know I’ve got a busy day coming up at work and I’m going to be wiped by the end of the day I set up the crock pot and let it go. That way when I get home all tired it’s like ‘hey, dinner is ready and I don’t have to do anything!’
Post # 13
Never. I’ve seen too many fires in my life. I’m also a nut about unplugging my toaster oven, coffee maker, etc.
Post # 14
@BakerBee16: I asked the question a while ago because I didn’t feel comfortable doing it. Most of the manuals will tell you not to.
Since then, I frequently leave it sitting on the stove.
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Post # 16
I do it! No issues… yet. Haha. But seriously, I’m pretty sure that’s the entire point of them.