HOW TO CLEAN A SLOW COOKER
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We love slow cookers in the holiday season for make-ahead side dishes. We love slow cookers on our busiest days when we don't have time to pull together an entire meal. We love slow cookers in the summer months because they don't heat up our entire kitchen like ovens do. Overall, slow cookers are a home cook's bread and butter.
A slow cooker, sometimes known as a Crockpot™, is a popular kitchen appliance because you can simply place all of the ingredients in the pot at one time and leave them to cook low and slow for hours. This leaves you with more time to get other tasks done, as well as less cookware to wash.
These popular kitchen appliances usually come in three parts: the cooker itself, the liner that goes inside, and the lid. Even though the food sits in the liner and the liner then goes into the cooker, burnt on mess can still accumulate along the inside of the cooker, which requires hand washing. On top of that, those long cook times sometimes leave you with the dreaded ring of crusty, baked-on food on your slow cooker liner.
To remove those tough stains, it is sometimes recommended to leave a small bowl of ammonia or oven cleaner in your covered cooker overnight. This technique is completely reliant on caustic ammonia fumes, which can lead to anything from coughing to lung damage if exposed to them.
Some oven and barbecue cleaners can be used to get the inside of your cooker clean but may not be safe for certain parts and surfaces. Other frequently recommended natural cleaners like distilled white vinegar and baking soda lack the surfactants needed to help penetrate, loosen, and trap soils. This means you're pushing dirt and grime around instead of actually cleaning it. Lastly, steer clear of using scouring pads or abrasive cleaners, as they could scratch the liner or other parts.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is the ideal solution to deep cleaning your favorite kitchen appliance. The formula powers out grime, cuts through grease and oil, and removes difficult stains without bleach.
Be sure to check your slow cooker's manual for any precautions before you begin cleaning.
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