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    LifeIsGood
    Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:57 am
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    I love cooking with my crock pot but there always seems to be that "crock pot taste" to everything. Does anyone know what I mean? I hope... icon_lol.gif Is there any way to get rid of that underlying taste? The last time I cooked chicken in the crock pot (it's not an old one), my DH commented on the "crock pot taste" and it just made him want my baked chicken.
    Any tips?
    TIA.
    P.S. I never downgrade the stars on crock pot recipes I try here because of that taste.
    Chubby Cook
    Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:32 am
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    I've never noticed it, but it there is a leftover odor I would soak the pot in a solution of OxiClean for awhile. Of course you could always use crockpot liners.
    LifeIsGood
    Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:06 pm
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    Huh..it's always been so distinctive to us. My crockpot is only about 1 yr. old. Very clean. We had that same taste with my older crockpot, too. I wondered about trying the bags but I'm a bit leary of using plastic while cooking. icon_confused.gif icon_question.gif
    duonyte
    Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:24 pm
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    I've never experienced this. The cooking liners are designed for use under crockpot conditions, so that they should be safe.
    LifeIsGood
    Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:28 am
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    Thank you. Maybe I'll pick some up to use soon. Although, I'm still not crazy about cooking with plastic.

    It's so strange that both my DH and I pick up on that taste. It's not overpowering but it is a distinctive taste. One that we know the meal was cooked in a crockpot. I thought more people would know what I was talking about!! icon_lol.gif

    One thought I had.... I do usually cook my meats using the later time frame. Meaning, if a recipe says cook 6 to 8 hours - I usually cook it for 8. I usually use my crockpot when I have to work - set it in the morning and leave it all day. Do you think that would have anything to do with the (crockpot) taste?
    Chubby Cook
    Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:37 am
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    Do you still have this aroma/taste if you use the slow cooker for shorter periods of time?
    peachez
    Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:47 am
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    LifeIsGood
    Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:46 pm
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    I tend to not cook anything for the short periods of time in my crockpot, since I use it only when I'm gone all day. icon_confused.gif It's really just the taste issue for us - not so much smell.

    Thank you for posting that link. At the very least, it lets me know I'm not crazy! icon_lol.gif
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:48 am
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    I have noticed a taste that is really a lack of taste. I read the posts on the link provided, and thank you for that link, and one of the things mentioned is this - "The long cooking makes the acid notes in food bland', and another thing mentioned is duonyte mentioned using an olive oil spray instead of a liner, and that would clog the pores with good olive oil.
    reading that thread further, some mention a 'burnt wire' smell, which might indicate an overheated heating element affecting the food.
    okay, now, zeldaz says the ceramic glaze is glass based, so the pore theory would be out.
    lab-chef & I agree about the heating element, & he says the thing is scorching the metal liner and maybe the crock.
    and here is another mention of the heating element that says the coating on it can be just burned off all at once and then it will be ok. Apparently it's in the design of cerain ones, and the longer the cook time the more the scorch. I never had a problem with mine.
    bakingfool
    Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:48 pm
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    Boiling food can cause a very diluted flavor which people identify as a "strange" taste.

    Very little water is required in crock pot cooking. Some people are actually boiling food in the crock pot by adding as much as a fourth to a third of a cup of water, when as little as two tablespoons, or even no water, will often do the job. This is especially true of high-mositure foods.

    You might try cutting down on the amount of water or other liquid you use and see if that makes a difference.
    LifeIsGood
    Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:14 pm
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    That is an interesting idea! I will give that a try. Thank you. icon_biggrin.gif
    lotusland
    Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:32 pm
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    I have a crock pot...new. Used it once...and I did not like the taste of my final result either...It is not us..LOL. Lotus




    LifeIsGood wrote:
    Thank you. Maybe I'll pick some up to use soon. Although, I'm still not crazy about cooking with plastic.

    It's so strange that both my DH and I pick up on that taste. It's not overpowering but it is a distinctive taste. One that we know the meal was cooked in a crockpot. I thought more people would know what I was talking about!! icon_lol.gif

    One thought I had.... I do usually cook my meats using the later time frame. Meaning, if a recipe says cook 6 to 8 hours - I usually cook it for 8. I usually use my crockpot when I have to work - set it in the morning and leave it all day. Do you think that would have anything to do with the (crockpot) taste?
    lotusland
    Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:33 pm
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    I have a crock pot...new. Used it once...and I did not like the taste of my final result either...It is not us..LOL. Lotus




    LifeIsGood wrote:
    Thank you. Maybe I'll pick some up to use soon. Although, I'm still not crazy about cooking with plastic.

    It's so strange that both my DH and I pick up on that taste. It's not overpowering but it is a distinctive taste. One that we know the meal was cooked in a crockpot. I thought more people would know what I was talking about!! icon_lol.gif

    One thought I had.... I do usually cook my meats using the later time frame. Meaning, if a recipe says cook 6 to 8 hours - I usually cook it for 8. I usually use my crockpot when I have to work - set it in the morning and leave it all day. Do you think that would have anything to do with the (crockpot) taste?
    lotusland
    Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:33 pm
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    Sorry for the double post!
    LifeIsGood
    Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:27 am
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    icon_lol.gif Thanks! The only solution that seems to work is to use those crockpot bags, but I really don't like the idea of cooking with plastic!
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