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

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 17
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I do it all the time.  I just make sure that there is nothing around it on the counter.  The best thing is coming home to an awesome smelling house when something has been cooking in the crock pot all day. mmmm.

Post # 18
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Perfectly fine! I even use mine at night when I’m sleeping to cook oatmeal (steel cut oats) and when I wake up, I have breakfast ready.

Post # 19
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Good to know. I might invest in a good one with a timer to ease my mind a little. 

Post # 20
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I hope it’s not a problem, because I plan on using mine for the first time tomorrow and leaving it all day!

Post # 21
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is what they are designed for!  Try not to worry about it!

I just make sure there isn’t a towel touching the crockpot or anything and then leave it and go.

If you’re worried about things over-cooking, get a crockpot with a timer.  You can tell it you want it to cook for X amount of time and then it will automatically switch to warm so you don’t have to worry about overcooking things if you work a slightly longer day or have a long commute or something.

Post # 22
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It’s fine.  If it wasn’t the Crock Pot company would have gone out of business years ago from lawsuits.

Make sure when you leave it that you pull it slightly away from the wall and that there are no papers, cloths, or objects near the outlet or the crock pot.  Otherwise, feel free to let it run for 8 hours or more.  Sometimes I let it go for 10+ hours on beef and pork so it’s especially tender when I serve it.

Post # 23
2780 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@AnnieAAA:  That’s kind of the whole point of a crock pot. Don’t worry about it too much, I was worried a bit at first when I got my crock port, but they don’t really give off enough heat. Just make sure you don’t store flammable stuff around it while its on and you should be fine. 

Alot of good crock pots have timers on them, so you can set them to shut off after so long. Your food wont burn if you don’t make it back on the dot for 8 hrs, the biggest thing to worry about is making sure you have enough liquid in the crock pot, otherwise it will burn.

If you’re following recipes for the same sized crock pot you have it should not be an issue.

Post # 25
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s totally fine! I was so worried about it too when I started using the crockpot while I was at work. I’ve never had a problem with it. 

Post # 26
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use ours all the time, in fact it is on right now and today I have to be in the office. 

Post # 27
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I always do. I was paranoid the first time, but I don’t worry about it anymore (and I’ll leave mine for up to 12-13 hours, too!). I don’t think actually get hot enough for anything to catch on fire…

Post # 28
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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@Mrs.KMM:  Exactly……

I had never thought about not leaving it on while I’m at work.   That is usually why people buy crock pots so they can cook while they are at work!  They are completely safe!!

Post # 29
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I leave my crockpot on all.the.time. while at work.  Nothing bad has ever happened.  If you’re worried about things burning (which has never happened to me in a crockpot), you can buy one that has a timer.  I have one that I can select the amount of time & the crockpot will automatically turn off once it’s done cooking.

Post # 30
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh yeah, I do it all the time. Mine has timed settings, so after the amt of time I put it in for, it automatically switches to a “Warm” setting so the food doesn’t dry out but is still a good warm temperature for eating!

I’ve always thought of crock pots as being designed for cooking unattended. I wouldn’t do it for cooking on the stove or most things in the oven (with the exception of something that takes many hours like a Turkey, I’ve left those in the oven briefly while I went somewhere)

Post # 31
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i do it all the time. it can freak me out if i think about it too much, but i leave it clear of other items. mine doesn’t have an off.

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