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Crock Pot FAQs

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What is Crock Pot?

In food preparation, a crock-pot (also crock pot) is the name given by some manufacturers to their brands of slow cookers. It is a trademarked term in many countries, but is often used generically. When used to refer to the trademarked brand of cooker, both words are capitalized.

This type of slow cooker consists of a pot (typically 10" across and similarly high) made of fired clay and usually glazed, surrounded by a housing, usually metal, containing a thermostatically controlled electric heating element. In some models, the pot is removable for use in serving and for cleaning.

How to Use Crock Pot?

In use, the food is placed inside the pot, immersed in water, the lid applied, and the unit switched on. Cooking times vary with the recipe and with the food quantity, but are typically several hours. Temperatures are low in comparison with traditional ovens, and with broiling and baking. Cooking is sufficiently slow that, if the food is not removed promptly at the specified time, little harm is done.

The water and its proper level is important, for it serves both as the heat conduction mechanism between the pot walls and the food, and as the flavoring (herbs and spices) distribution method and a 'basting' mechanism. No stirring is required (or allowed); removing the lid during cooking causes significant cooking delays. The lid is important as it prevents escape of hot water vapor which would, if permitted, lead to lowering the internal water level and to loss of heat.

Recipes for these cookers must be adjusted to compensate for the nature of the cooking. Most (probably all) come with recipe booklets; many cookbooks with crock pot recipes are available. With some experience, timings and recipe adjustments can be successfully made for many recipes not originally intended for these cookers.

Crock Pot Safety and Warnings?

Safety: Cooking temperatures are lower than many other cooking methods, and cooking times are lengthy, so some have been concerned about the growth of micro-organisms. If the temperature control is working correctly, and if food is not left to stand at room temperature, there is little problem. Fill the pot, add water, and promptly turn the unit on to avoid such problems.

Warning: Because these cookers are portable/movable, contain large quantities of hot food and water, and because they are left unattended during long cooking times, they are dangerous around small children and exploratory pets. Cooking areas should be blocked off -- effectively -- if either might be present unattended. preview not available. Click the link for more information.

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