Slow cookers can do so much for you. If you’re a busy person (a hard-working professional, a busy stay-at-home mom or dad, or just someone who doesn’t like to spend hours on end in the kitchen), a slow cooker or crockpot can help save you hours. Not only are these set-it-and-forget-it cooking gadgets wonderful for making stews and roasts, but they can also cook while you’re at the office or taking your child to daycare – just flip the switch and let it do the work while you’re away from the kitchen.
If you’re a fan of slow cookers (and if you’re not, you need to browse AWM for some great crockpot recipes), you know it can be annoying to clean them after one use. But according to Sar from Life Should Cost Less, you can save even more time by having your slow cooker clean itself. Yes, you read that correctly, these devices can clean themselves, and we’re going to teach you just how to do it.
Let’s get started. First, you need to turn your slow cooker off. You could unplug your device if that makes you feel better. Plus, wait until you cannot feel any heat coming from the gadget.
Then fill your slow cooker with water. You want to fill it so that the ring of foodstuff is submerged. Make sure this is a few inches down from the top, so it is not overfilled when you put it to work for itself.
Next, you need to pour a generous portion of white vinegar into the pot. One cup of vinegar should do the job.
Then pour a cup of baking soda into the slow cooker. This will cause a chemical reaction. Pour it slowly, so it doesn’t all fizz up at once.
When the fizz has started to dissipate, it is time to move onto the next step. You’ve done what you need to get the job done. Now it is time for the machine to work for itself. You’re going to make it work for its rent in other words.
Turn your slow cooker back on and set it to the “low” setting. Then let it “cook” itself clean over the next four to eight hours.
After an overnight soak, the grime and foodstuff should have come free from the side of the cooker. Now all you have to do is dump it out and rinse it with fresh water. Then you’re ready to use your slow cooker again the next time you’re in need of a convenient and delicious meal.
If you’re in need of more proof to see that this method works, the YouTube video included below should do the trick. About 200,000 people have watched the how-to video (at the time of this writing) with hundreds more watching it every day. People have tried it and tested it and shared their results in the comments. Here’s what people wrote about it.
“I tried this today on some baked-on food residue that I couldn’t otherwise get off the crock pot, and it totally worked! I let it run on low for 8 hours before attempting to clean it with just some Dawn and a paper towel. I am amazed! Thanks for the tip and video demonstration!”
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