How Not To Set You 3 Quart Slow Cooker On Fire

As a new owner of a 3 quart slow cooker, it can be very disconcerting to leave it on for hours at a time when you weren't home. You would never dream of doing that with an oven or stove top! Although these fears rarely ever actually happen, to help soothe your anxieties and make your home safer, try following these tips:

1. Never fill up your crock pot. Your slow cooker needs room to breathe. Always fill it between one-half and two-thirds full. Once the lid is on, only take it off to check for done-ness.

2. Wash thoroughly before use. This gets rid of any grime which would be more likely to catch fire in the cooking process. You should be cleaning your pot anyway.

3. Leave the 3 quart slow cooker on low for a longer time, as opposed to high for a shorter time. Although many of us want our food now, crock pot meals taste better and cook safer if simmered for a long time on a low setting.

4. Thaw out foods prior to putting them into the crock pot. Thaw any frozen foods safely and thoroughly prior to putting them into your 3 quart slow cooker.

5. Do not put anything into or near the pot that doesn't need to be. Do not put paper or rags into the pot. This is not needed. Clear space on the counter around where your crock pot will sit so nothing near it gets hot.

Follow these simple tips and your 3 quart slow cooker should last you a very long time. It should also be operating very safely in your home. You will not have anything to worry about.