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

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I leave my crock pot on when I’m away, but I take a few precautions like using low rather than high, I place it on a counter space where nothing is close to it and keep it centered so it’s not close to the wall.  Never had a problem and now that they make crock pot liners, I use mine at least a couple times a week!

Post # 33
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We got one for my shower, and we hesitate to leave it on all day.  But after reading your posts ladies, I think we’ll be okay with it. 

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

The crock-pot I wouldn’t be worried about so much….

The people who leave their stoves on with the dutch ovens inside while they’re at work…THEY freak me out!

Post # 35
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The instructions with ours do say to not leave it unattended.  I’ve used it overnight and on weekends (taking of for a few hours at a time).  I’m not comfortable with the idea of leaving it for 8 hours quite yet.  Mine doesn’t have a timer.

For the ones with timers, what happens if there’s a short power outage or power blip?

Post # 36
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@Jenniphyr:  People do that?!!!

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We did this all the time in the winter it was great.  When it gets cold I’m sure we will be doing it again.  I like other just make sure its not touching anything and I always leave it on low.

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper

It should be totally fine! We do it all the time. As for burned food–make sure there is enough liquid that it won’t burn up and it will be fine! But one of the first times I used a crock pot when I was younger, I didn’t have any liquid in with the chicken I was cooking and it ended up pretty burnt but the only consequence was it was harder to clean. Don’t worry!

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No worries here, I do it all the time. Never had an issue with food being overcooked, I just cook everything on the low setting, never the high.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I leave mine on all the time. The worst thing that has happened is with my mom (who is a lot like you with paranoia and crock pots!). She left it on for 10 hrs (like the recipe said) and even had a crock pot that turns off when it is done. Anyways, her pot was broken and it cooked it in half time, so by the time she got home it was a burnt mess of meat. Nothing caught on fire, it just turned to cinder. I guess the temperature is too low?

I have a crockpot that will turn off the machine (even early) if the thermometer reaches a certain temperature. It’s great! I never worry because I know that as soon as it is cooked, it will sit at “simmer” until I get home.

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We live in a really old house, so I don’t leave ANYTHING plugged in while we’re out of the house.  I love the crock pot, but I’m way too nervous about leaving it on all day – especially because I have my dog at home all day am seriously worried about something happening to her!

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t leave on anything that deliberately gets hot when I leave the house.  It’s just not worth risking a house fire.

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