Thursday, January 28, 2016

Use This Test to Make Sure Your Crockpot is Getting Hot Enough

Do you have an older slow cooker?  Are you wondering if it is still safe to use?  Here is an easy test.
To determine if a slow cooker is safe to use: Fill the slow cooker one-half to two-thirds full of tap water.  Heat on a low setting for 8 hours with the lid on.  Check the water temperature with an accurate food thermometer. Do this quickly because the temperature drops 10 – 15 degrees when the lid is raised or removed.  The temperature of the water should be 185°F. Temperatures below 185°F would indicate the slow cooker does not heat food high enough or fast enough to avoid potential food safety problems; the slow cooker is unsafe and should be replaced.

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