Crock pots, also known as slow cookers, are convenient electric appliances that cook food at very low temperatures over periods of around four to eight hours. They are especially appropriate for people who work all day away from home, as the pots can safely be unattended for extended periods.
The temperature range for crock pots is between 200 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the chosen setting. The low temperatures cook food without it sticking or burning while providing enough heat to kill harmful bacteria.
Most models have a removable ceramic insert for easy cleaning. Heating elements embedded in the sides of the appliance prevent foods from adhering to the bottom of the pot.
Do not remove the lid during the cooking process, as the escaped steam significantly reduces the internal temperature of the pot. Preheat the pot for a few minutes before adding the food, and use warm or room-temperature liquids. Make sure the meat, poultry or fish ingredients are fully thawed before adding them to the pot.
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