Post # 1
I have a slowcooker, but I think I’ve only used it once. I’m a little nervous about leaving it on while I’m gone. I’d have to check the manual, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it says not to leave it unattended.
Maybe I need to start using it more on days that I’m busy at home, but am around (sometimes I get to work at home). With maybe short periods where I’m gone, like a 15 min run to the store or something. I also need to get more organized in the morning if I want something ready for dinner!
Post # 3
I turn it on in the morning before heading to work and when I get home my apartment smells wonderful and dinner is ready!
Post # 4
Ive used it a couple times when I lived closer to my work, so it would stay on for about 8-9 hours on low. Ive seen one with a timer that I would love to buy eventually.
Post # 5
I’m the definition of being nervous to leave things on. I’ve become comfortable with leaving mine on in the morning and leaving for the day. It makes me feel better to know there’s nothing in the immediate area that could be affected by the heat but other than that, it’s a low heat so it’s fine.
Edit: Ours does have a timer so we usually leave it on low for 8 hours.
Post # 6
I’m gone for too long during the days now to use it while I’m at work, but when I was gone for only about 8 hours I would turn it on and leave. I’d make sure it was secure on the counter without touching anything else to help lessen the fire danger. The directions probably do say not to leave it unattended, but that’s more of a liability thing for the company that makes it. I would prepare whatever I was going to cook the night before and leave it in the fridge, then just put it in the slow cooker and turn it on in the mornings. It really is nice to come home and have dinner already done.
Post # 7
Slow cookers on low are fairly safe to leave on all day while at work–we do it at least once a week at our house!
I do check, though, before leaving that there is nothing sitting right next to the cooker, that the cord isn’t damaged and that there’s nothing flamable (paper, recipe cards, napkins, etc.) that could fall and land on or near the cooker to minimize all chances of any fire-hazards.
Always put at least 1/4 cup of liquid in the cooker when doing a roast or something to prevent scorching.
My only concern these days is if the power goes off during the day (was happening regularly in our neighborhood for a while)–I’d hate to have to toss a ready-made dinner just because I couldn’t be sure how long the unit had been without power/how long the temp might have dropped into the “food danger zone.”
Post # 8
I leave mine on unattended all the time. I to am nervous about it so I clear my counter and I dry my kitchen sink and place it in there before I walk out the door.
Post # 9
I don’t think it would fit in the sink easily, but maybe the stove top would be better than a table. I’ll have to start using it more when I’m around and build myself up to leaving it
I never thought about a power outage! I won’t leave it on if a thunderstorm is predicted! Other than thunderstorms there aren’t too many power blips here.
Post # 10
Girl, put that on your registry!
Post # 11
I leave mine on while I am at work.
Post # 12
You can totally leave it on and unattended. Thats pretty much what they are for! Put it on low and you will be fine. Like other bees said, whenever I use it, I always make sure the area is clean and there is nothing within distance that may cause a hazard. I got nervous at first but after doing research on how many cause house fires and how little I found about it, it made me feel a lot better!
Post # 13
Mine is on right now! Yummy green chile pork for tacos! It honestly took me five minutes to prep this morning.
Post # 14
I don’t have my own slowcooker but my parents always left it on while at work. Just don’t put anything too close to it, but it’s fine otherwise.
Post # 15
I would theoretically leave mine on, but I have an hour commute and work 10 hours a day, so I would have to leave it for 12 hours :(. If I was gone 8 or 9 hours, though, I totally would!
Post # 16
Our slowcooker has a timer, so we can set it to cook for 8 hours, and if we’re gone longer, it will automatically go to “Warm.” It’s a lifesaver!