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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Slow Cooker & Crock-Pot Cooking / Want to get rid of that 'crockpot taste'
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    Want to get rid of that 'crockpot taste'

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    Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:10 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Hello Chefs-

    Does anyone know what I am talking about when I say 'Crockpot taste?'

    I've had my crockpot for over a year, and it has been used several times, but each time, I end up having this weird taste- it comes through in each and every crockpot dish I make, and it's really ruining the whole thing for me. I've stopped using it just because when I taste that taste, and smell that smell, it makes me just cringe.

    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:34 am
    Forum Host
    I really haven't noticed a particular smell or taste associated with crock pots, but I'm not very senstitive (in oh so many ways).

    To eliminate possibilites, try crock pot liners. If nothing else, these plastic cooking bags make clean-up better.
    Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:14 pm Groupie
    Yeah, I don't know what it would be, either. Except maybe the cleaner you're using? If it is a major brand, you could contact them. I've never heard of this issue before.
    Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:35 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I know kind of what you mean. I use crock pot liners and it has eliminated all the funky crock pot taste out of my cooking! HTH! icon_biggrin.gif
    Bon Bon
    Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:16 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I know what you are talking about. I think it is the crock pot itself. I have two crock pots and one has a very funky odor to it, kinda like a hot electric wire smell. My older crock does not have that smell.
    Seasoned Cook
    Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:00 pm Groupie
    Yes, I know what you mean. When crock pots became popular approximately in the 1980s I noticed the meat had a particular "different" taste. I quit using my crock pot just for that reason. I think the newer crock pots are better now and I have started using them again about 2 years ago. I do not notice that "different" taste and smell now. I am a big lover of my crock pot now!
    Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:39 pm
    Forum Host
    I don't have any specific taste from the crockpot itself, but I think food cooked in the crockpot all ends up tasting the same, at least to an extent, because of how long it cooks. If this is what you mean, then add a little wine, mild vinegar or lemon juice, depending on what you are cooking. The long cooking makes the acid notes in food bland, and adding a bit of one of those ingredients will perk up the dish and make it taste more fresh.
    Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:03 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    A long time Agomy parents dragged me to one of those things at someones house where they cook in special set of pans and try to sell you them? Anyway...

    They said...The crock pot taste comes from the pores in the pot. Crock pots are one of the most porous metals. When you cook, the heat opens up the pores and food can enter, when you turn it off, the pores close up (with food in them). The next time you cook these pores open back up and release your old food back into the current pot of food.

    They said...thats why when you talk to your grandparents or something and they say, it taste best when cooked in a crock pot... it gives it a special taste
    Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:15 am
    Forum Host
    Pores in metal? Hmmmm. Well, my crock has a ceramic insert and I have no problems with taste. I don't use a liner, but I do tend to spray a little olive oil on before cooking entrees, to make clean up easier. Perhaps that also is a factor.
    Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:53 pm Groupie
    I don't know what your talking about when you say "Crock-pot taste". It could depend on the material of your slow cooker. Maybe you should use crock-pot liners?
    Chef #790077
    Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:34 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Yes! The slow cooker taste really bothers me! Unfortunately, I can't say what causes it, but I can offer this about what doesn't cause it:

    --It's not a lack of liners; I was just thinking this morning that the liners were causing the weird flavor (I just made oatmeal in mine, and it had the same strangeness that boeuf bourguignon has in the slow cooker). So I was starting to think that the liners were melting a little.

    --I also don't think it's pores in the metal (or ceramic) swallowing up bits of food. The material in the slow cooker will contract when it cools, not expand, so it will do the opposite of the description above. Which I guess still means that it's possible for it to trap food between uses, in the opposite way: the walls of any valleys will contract when it cools, leaving a bigger pocket for food to get lodged in when you clean. Then as it heats up, the walls of the valley will expand, pushing the remnants out. But I don't think that'd happen enough to make a noticeable difference, and at any rate it's not causing my slow cooker taste-taint, because I've been using liners.

    So maybe there are two weird slow cooker flavors: the melty liner flavor, and the no-liner weirdness?
    Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:14 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I know exactly what smell you are talking about. I think another reader knows too in her description of "burning electric wire". I received a new crock pot about a year ago. I never experienced this smell with any other crock pot. The first couple of times it was not there. My friend borrowed this crock pot and used the plastic liners. I thought that may have been what did it...but reading other comments, I thought perhaps the plastic liner was not it. I decided to try the plastic liner. Well, it is the same bad smell. I would describe it as a chemical smell. My husband noticed this smell right away and wondered what was wrong with the crock pot.
    This is not the standard "crock pot" smell that some have talked about. This is a truly unpleasant chemical smell that really takes the joy out of using the crock pot.
    Drea D
    Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:37 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I use onion in almost everything I cook, and I noticed right away that onions taste totally different (especially when cut into large pieces) when cooked in my crockpot. I noticed that everything I made had this weird, metallic funky-onion taste, so I just stopped using them and haven't noticed a weird taste since.

    Could it be that?
    Tue May 06, 2008 2:39 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I know exactly what you're talking about...the one we had a few years ago we ended up throwing it out b/c everything tasted funny. The one we have now doesn't really do it. I do notice it slightly when I use garlic in whatever I'm making..I also try to squeeze a fresh lemon in there too to keep it fresh.
    Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:29 pm Groupie
    The ceramic glaze is essentially a form of glass, impermeable to food and fluids. The pore theory doesn't hold water icon_biggrin.gif . Sorry about the pun.
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