Because slow cookers cook for such a long time at a low heat, it is vital that you do not allow any bacteria to build up. If you overcook your meal, burnt crock pots are very difficult to clean, and stubborn stains can get very frustrating! Here are some cleaning tips for your favorite crock pots
Best Crock Pot cleaning tips:
1. Soak it in warm soapy water:
Allowing your crock pot to slowly soak will mean that any parts of your meal that have gone hard and stuck to the bottom of the slow cooker will slowly soften and come off. It greatly helps with the cleaning process, and should always be done, regardless of whether you think it needs it or not.
2. Use the cooker to wash it for you:
After leaving it to soak, if there are any last bits that are too tough for you to scrape off, let the crock pot do the hard work for you. Put some hot water in it, and turn the slow cooker on for an hour – easy!
3. Put it in the dishwasher:
Most slow cooker pots are dishwasher safe, so just pop it in with your other cutlery and crockery. Within a short space of time, it should come out all clean and sparkly.
4. Use baking soda as a last resort:
Sometimes, there are just stains or lumps that nothing else can shift. If you experience this with your crock pot, then the best thing to do is to use baking soda. Scrub it on, and even leave to soak in hot water if necessary. That will definitely get anything off, but only use this as a last resort.
To prevent stubborn stains from appearing in your crock pot, make sure that there is always enough liquid in your slow cooker, and try to make sure that you never overcook your meal, leaving in there for too long. This will save you lots of trouble when washing up.
You can also use crock pot liners to prevent stains from your crock pot, but personally I don’t prefer cooking food with plastic covers on.