Easy Clean Slow Cooker

Easy Clean Slow Cooker

Yes, this is my 1970's Crock Pot I was given at my wedding shower and it is still working, unlike my first marriage. It is the perfect size for me and my second, husband and all of my recipes I share with my readers. I do, however, have a larger one if I am having guests or boiling peanuts. The only thing I don't like about my little orange one is that the insert is not removable like the newer ones and you can't imerse it in water (although I have dunked it a couple of times by accident). So, when I came across this neat little trick, I new I had to share it and it works!

This is what you will need:

water 

1 cup vinegar

1 cup baking soda

Directions:

  • With the power on low, fill the slow cooker with water. Fill it up enough to cover any baked on food
  • Add a cup of vinegar  
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda (a little at a time). 
  • Once the bubbling stops, turn your slow cooker on low and let it cook for at least four hours. You can keep the lid on. 
  • Pour out the liquid and let the slow cooker cool. The slow cooker should be mostly clean and at most you need a gentle wipe down.

A few other tips for cleaning your slow cooker on a regular basis include tossing the insert into the dishwasher or you could use a crock pot liner. I sometimes use a Crock Pot liner if I am cooking on slow but I don't use it if cooking on high. I am sure it is safe to use, but when I see the plastic melt I get a little concerned. Also, you can  spray your cooker with non-stick spray before cooking to keep most of the food from sticking to the sides.

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