How to Clean A Slow Cooker
The slow cooker is a trusted sidekick to home cooks. It makes cooking simple and fun. All you need do is add your ingredients and turn on the appliance. A warm, hearty meal is ready in no time.
After the cooking, comes the not-so-fun task of cleaning the slow cooker. Some meals leave bits and chunks of food on the slow cooker that even after placing it in a dishwasher, there are still stubborn stains left. The good news is, slow cookers are not hard to clean. With these steps, your crockpot will be clean and glistening in no time.
Things to Note
Some of the things you should do before using or cleaning your slow cooker to increase its longevity include:
- Check your manual to see the manufacturer’s instructions before you clean it. Slow cookers come in different materials such as stoneware, steel or ceramic. Therefore, be sure the cleaning method you use is suitable for your appliance so you do not void your warranty.
- Rinse off the slow cooker immediately after serving the meal. If you are not ready to wash it yet, soak it in hot water otherwise the remnants will harden and make it difficult to wash.
- Avoid harsh chemicals and scourers. They scratch and chip away the inside of the pot, hastening the wear and tear of your slow cooker. Also, harsh chemicals are dangerous for cleaning things we use to cook our meals.
- Clean removable parts such as the lid, knobs and handles, and places that are hard to reach like the interior casing.
- Crumbs are often lodged underneath the slow cooker. Use a brush or toothpick to remove them.
Cleaning the Slow Cooker
Depending on the meal, the cleaning process could be a walk in the park or a slow, arduous process. No matter how dirty the slow cooker is, there is an easy, non-abrasive method for cleaning it.
This is just a routine cleaning of your slow cooker. If you have not used the slow cooker for a while or you prepared a meal that washes off easily, normal cleaning is the way to go.
- Fill the slow cooker with water.
- Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid and turn it on for an hour.
- After an hour, dispose of the water and rinse out the slow cooker.
For tough stains
Is there a greasy film around your slow cooker or some dried up gunk that is hard to come off? Routine cleaning won’t help. For tough stains, you need baking soda and a kitchen brush. Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent and will take out tough stains.
- Fill the slow cooker with water.
- Add baking soda instead of dishwashing liquid and turn it on for an hour.
- Use the brush to scrub the sides of the slow cleaner and loosen the stubborn food particles.
- Wash the rim and lid of the pot to ensure there are no trapped food particles there.
- Rinse out the slow cooker and wipe it down thoroughly.
For major overhaul
Ever made such a sumptuous meal with your slow cooker that you forgot to wash it or at least pre-soak it immediately? To tackle the mess the next day, you will need vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is an acid while baking soda is a base. When combined, they create an effervescence that can get rid of any stain.
- Fill your slow cooker with water.
- Add distilled vinegar to the water. Use ½ cup for a small slow cooker and a full cup for a large slow cooker.
- Slowly add baking soda using the same measurement for vinegar and let the bubbles to dissolve.
- Turn on the slow cooker for an hour.
- Scrub the inside of the slow cooker with a brush.
- Make a paste using baking soda and water and use a damp cotton cloth to polish the outside of your slow cooker.
- If there are mineral deposits, use vinegar to clean them.
- Rinse and dry the slow cooker.
- For stubborn stains, put ammonia in a bowl and leave it overnight in the slow cooker. Wipe it off the next day.
With these non-abrasive methods, your crockpot will be as good as new. If you find the cleaning process tedious, get slow cooker liners. They are sleeves that are inserted into the slow cooker to prevent food stains. The liners are discarded immediately the meal is done leaving you with a clean crockpot.
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