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    silly/stupid ? about cooking with crockpot

    ~kdp
    Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:51 am
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    Ok...Is it possible to burn food in your crockpot...or am I the only gifted one here? icon_redface.gif
    I have had 3 different crockpots and have managed to burn something in each one.
    Does anyone else have this problem?
    It doesn't happen every time I use them, just sometimes...any ideas?
    ~Bekah~
    Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:36 pm
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    I have had things burn to the sides of my crockpot, and I think its where the heating element starts (or something like that) because its always in the same spot.
    But actual burning, as in black burnt food? No.
    Julesong
    Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:18 pm
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    kdp wrote:
    Ok...Is it possible to burn food in your crockpot...or am I the only gifted one here? icon_redface.gif
    I have had 3 different crockpots and have managed to burn something in each one.
    Does anyone else have this problem?
    It doesn't happen every time I use them, just sometimes...any ideas?


    What sort of burning do you mean? Overcooking/dry, or actual scorched food?
    ~kdp
    Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:08 am
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    Julesong wrote:
    kdp wrote:
    Ok...Is it possible to burn food in your crockpot...or am I the only gifted one here? icon_redface.gif
    I have had 3 different crockpots and have managed to burn something in each one.
    Does anyone else have this problem?
    It doesn't happen every time I use them, just sometimes...any ideas?


    What sort of burning do you mean? Overcooking/dry, or actual scorched food?

    I mean burning as in black food that we can't eat. It's kind of icon_redface.gif when you burn food in a crockpot.
    I have burnt beans beyond recognition and also scorched a roast and a chicken.
    I don't turn them on and leave home...I am here with them all day and even stir them every now and then. I am careful to always follow the recipe (especially if I have never made it before) and always add a little extra liquid, just in case...
    I do have one small crockpot that I use only for stuff like chip dips that need to stay warm, it doesn't have a high/low temp knob, just plug it in and it heats up...it seems to have "hot spots" and will have a small area or 2 that look "extra done". I usually unplug it after the dip is warm and then plug it back up if needed.
    I just wondered if anyone else had managed to burn food in a crockpot??? icon_redface.gif
    ~Bekah~
    Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:17 pm
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    I have the little crock you are talking about too, and I agree that it has definitate hot spots. Still trying to get the cheese dip off it from this sunday. icon_rolleyes.gif

    But as for burning something in my larger ones? No, I am sorry I haven't. And I honestly can't imagine doing it, since there is always so much liquid in the pot. Perhaps the trouble could come from removing the lid and allowing the steam to escape? But I am not sure. Maybe your crock is defective and heats too high?

    Sorry I can't be of more help.
    ~kdp
    Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:46 pm
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    That's ok, thanks for trying.
    Actually it's kind of a joke in the family...married 14 years and still can't cook, even in a crockpot...oh well, I'm sure it could be worse. icon_lol.gif
    Julesong
    Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:43 am
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    I don't think I've ever burnt anything in a crockpot, either. But then, I believe I tend to add more liquid than most crockpot folks use. icon_smile.gif
    ladypit
    Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:39 pm
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    Well, yes, I have. I don't frankly remember what it was (I'm sure I blocked it from my memory on purpose!) but I do remember the food being black.

    So I promise, you're not the only one!!
    ~kdp
    Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:47 pm
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    ladypit wrote:
    Well, yes, I have. I don't frankly remember what it was (I'm sure I blocked it from my memory on purpose!) but I do remember the food being black.

    So I promise, you're not the only one!!

    Thank you...thought I was the only one...
    I'll have to try that "memory blocking" feature. icon_wink.gif
    (Wish my husband & kids would block theirs... icon_lol.gif )
    Sarah Chana
    Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:39 am
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    Yup, we've burned food in crockpots, esp when cooking things overnight and/or when cooking bean dishes. Here's a wonderful solution for how to clean a totally scorched crockpot given to me by a friend: scrape out as much of the petrified crust as you can, then refill the crockpot with cold water and a little dishwashing liquid, return it to the heating element, covered, and let it cook on low for a few hours. It won't smell great, but when you turn it off and let it cool down, the scorched food will just slide off and then you can easily clean the crock.
    My_Wifes_Husband
    Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:18 pm
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    I HAVE seen food burnt crock pot. I surfed the internet this afternoon because of it. I'm thankful that Sarah and her friend came up with a solution which worked.

    My wife cooked oatmeal overnight last Friday for Saturday's breakfast. In the morning we didn't have a treat, we had quite a charred mess. Perhaps what made it worse was that this was a divided oval pot, which has square corners where the char really got stuck.

    I scrubbed every night for 3 days before searching the internet. As soon as I found Sarah's post today I called home and had my daughter fill up the pot with cold water and a little dish soap. She started the heater and when I got home from work I turned it off. Being a fairly typical guy icon_wink.gif I couldn't wait for it to cool down so I took a spoon and began to scrape the char off. IT WORKED!

    Once again I have a clean pot.
    Amberngriffinco
    Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:46 am
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    I'd go buy a brand new crockpot and read all the instructions carefully.

    I've never burned anything in one in my 30 plus years of using them.. just the usual burned on pieces of food, you know, that 'ring' after you are done cooking a roast? If it wasn't such a roundish shape, I'd be using wine to scrape it off but it's usually way too hard to do.

    Amber
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    I Married Shrek
    Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:13 pm
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    What works for me in cleaning my oval crockpot, is that I simply put the lid back on, and put it back inside the warmer as soon as the food is done and ready to eat

    Within a half hour or so, (while we are eating) the heat/ humidity softens the sides and it wipes out. Then I fill it up,put a scoop of oxyclean in it, give it a few minutes to disolve all the little bumpy areas while I wash the rest of the dishes and it just wipes and rinses right out and I'm done.

    I used to take forever to soak it until I figured out the whole lid thing. I discovered it accidently once day.
    Mymble
    Mon May 30, 2005 2:00 pm
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    Just got a new crockpot; while researching different kinds on Amazon.com, there were MANY people who complained that this or that model consistently burned their food. You might check with the manufacturer to see if they can replace yours, or at least look on Amazon to see if many other reviewers there had the same problem with the model you have.
    ~kdp
    Mon May 30, 2005 7:14 pm
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    Well...the "burning" crockpot has died. Hauled that thing off with the garbage a few weeks ago. Mom has several, so she gave me one of hers. Haven't burnt anything yet, but then again I've only used it a few times... icon_biggrin.gif ...so we'll just have to wait and see what I do with this one. icon_wink.gif
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