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    Red Apple Guy
    Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:29 pm
    Forum Host
    The Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners were tested in a study of heating foods in plastic. The results of this study were good when it comes to these liners.
    That study is encouraging at least.

    Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:56 am
    Forum Host
    Great information! Thank you. icon_biggrin.gif
    Ben the Crock Pot KIng
    Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:53 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I would have to agree with Rainbow - Chef 536866. I would go as far to say, that why not do the process of elimination. Do some meals that you would eat regardless of taste, and test what works best. Also try to clean of mineral deposits, Fill 3/4 with hot water & add 1 cup vinegar, cook on high setting for 2 hrs. Then clean as usual.

    I've already bookmarked your post.
    Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:29 am
    Forum Host
    My own thought is that the taste comes from overcooking. I find a lot of the recipes indicate too long a time, or too long for the quantity of food (9 hrs for a 2 lb roast, for example). The crockpot insert is no different than a ceramic baking dish and should not be a factor. But overcooked food, even if it's edible, does have an unpleasant quality, for me anyway. I think that anytime the meat falls apart as you are removing it from the crockpot, it's overcooked (unless you are going for shredded, but even then, there is a point at which it's too much cooking).

    I realize this undermines the convenience factor of the crockpot of putting things in before you leave for work and then having it ready, but I think that's the main problem.
    Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:15 am
    Forum Host
    Thank you for the mineral deposit cleaning advice. I will try that and see if it works!

    duonyte, that theory seems to make a lot of sense. However, I just cooked a roast in the crockpot, using a liner this time, and it turned out absolutely delicious. No "crockpot taste"! My family was delighted. I used the same timing as usual. This makes me think there is something about deposits into the ceramic when slow cooking in the crockpot.? Even though my crockpot is not really that old!
    Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:59 pm
    Forum Host
    Who am I to argue with success! Those liners make cleanup easier, too, a good bonus.
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