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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Slow Cooker & Crock-Pot Cooking / America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Tip
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    America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Tip

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    Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:32 am Groupie
    America's Test Kitchen TV (Facebook page) Slow Cooker Week Tip February 17, 2011:

    Most slow cookers have a hotter side (typically the back side, opposite the side with the controls) that can cause dense dishes, like casseroles, to burn. To avoid this problem, layer and fold sheets of aluminum foil into and a rough 16 by 4-inch strip and press it into the back side of the cooker... before adding any ingredients; the collar will form a barrier to help prevent food from burning while cooking.

    SOURCE:!/AmericasTestKitchenTV ~ scroll down to February 17, 2011 posts!
    Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:36 pm Groupie
    HELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This post will totally DIE unless somebody acknowledges it!

    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:26 am
    Forum Host
    Hey Kerfuffle,
    Sorry I missed the post.
    There's a lot more to American Test Kitchens than I knew.
    I use foil a good bit with my slow cooker (you just gave me another use).
    Sticky? Sure.
    Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:13 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I had no idea there was a hotter side to crockpots. I just assumed they would heat evenly.
    Red Apple Guy
    Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:59 pm
    Forum Host
    Hey Quirky, I love your profile.

    Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:15 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Thank you! <3
    Ben the Crock Pot KIng
    Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:58 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Love the tip, will spread the word thank you so much for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bonnie G #2
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:59 am Groupie
    What a great idea, I just got a Ninja Crock Pot and wondering if it will apply to this one?
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:14 pm
    Forum Host
    The ninja cooking system looks terrific. I'm afraid I'm not familiar enough with them to opine on that. Some reviews talk about burning on the bottom (due to operator error), so at least one heating element operates on the bottom.
    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:20 am Groupie
    Yes, I think it's supposed to have more elements or something which allows it to brown, steam, and slow cook - but sure wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
    Mon May 20, 2013 6:54 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I love slow cooker and crock pot cooking. I am a family of one but share with other people, as they share with me. I can remember a hot spot on a previous crock pot right across from the dials too. I just bought a new crock pot and have not found that to happen yet. I love the America's Test Kitchen and their advice. I listen to them on PBS on Sunday afternoons on the radio as I don't have a t.v and haven't for about 15 years now. I love their program and their idea and suggestions.
    Bonnie G #2
    Mon May 20, 2013 7:22 pm Groupie
    I'm currently cooking for one too, that is except when my DGSs come to visit and love the crock pot for making meals I can freeze and put away for when I don't feel like cooking. I really need to investigate more ways to use it. I've heard it makes great baked potatoes too.
    Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:45 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm a single (but sharing cook) and even at 67 still a novice.
    I enjoy trying though icon_smile.gif

    Question: How many layers of aluminium foil is recommended?

    I have two slow cookers, a 2 quart and a 5 quart.

    I have had several attempts at different recipes with both cookers and all have had the burnt sides effect, some terribly so.
    My Boston Beans I had to salvage what I could and it took me days to soak off the burnt beans.

    To find this forum post is a revelation as I was about to give up.

    Another point which gives me some concern are the toxic effects. To quote: "Aluminium, he argues, is now added to or used in almost everything we eat, drink, inject or absorb. At high levels, it is an established neurotoxin – yet no one knows whether the levels we are ingesting are safe." -- Prof Exley, a world-renowned expert on aluminium.

    Any suggested alternative to aluminium foil?
    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:04 am
    Forum Host
    Welcome. Why don't you pick yourself a name to go by? Makes life simpler for all of us.

    Crockpot liners work well for me. I don't always use them, but I wish my wife would.

    A crock pot plastic liner would not be worry-free, but can be used with aluminum foil.

    I'm in the aluminum bidness and understand the reactivity of this metal. I would be concerned if the dish were acidic (citrus, tomoatoes, etc.) but not with alkaline dishes (creams, broths, etc.). But that's just my opinion....highly valued by my trash can.
    Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:29 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I did pick a name: CookinPossum but it seems not to have activated.
    I'll try again.

    I hadn't seen slow cooker liners 'til you mentioned them.
    If I can verify they are food safe I'll give them a try with alu foil between cooker wall and liner.

    Thanks for the tip.
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