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How to Clean a Ceramic Crock-Pot

While using a Crock-Pot is simple, cleaning the handy kitchen appliance can be challenging, especially if food becomes baked on the heavy, heat-retaining ceramic crock. The crock is especially difficult to clean if food is allowed to cook too long and moisture evaporates.

While using a Crock-Pot is simple, cleaning the handy kitchen appliance can be challenging, especially if food becomes baked on the heavy, heat-retaining ceramic crock. The crock is especially difficult to clean if food is allowed to cook too long and moisture evaporates. Older slow cookers with a crock built in are harder to clean and are treated differently than newer slow cookers, which usually have removable ceramic crocks that are lifted out.

Built-In Crock

  1. Unplug the Crock-Pot.

  2. Wash the glass lid with hot soapy water, or place the lid in the dishwasher to clean.

  3. Wipe the inside of the Crock-Pot with a cloth or sponge dipped in hot soapy water. Rinse and repeat until the ceramic crock is clean.

  4. Fill the crock with warm soapy water if the crock contains stuck-on food and is difficult to clean. Let the crock soak for about 20 minutes, and then use a cloth or plastic scrubber to clean the crock. Empty the dirty water in the sink.

  5. Wipe the inside of the crock with a cloth dipped in fresh, hot water to remove any soap residue.

  6. Clean the outside of the Crock-Pot with a damp cloth.

Removable Crock

  1. Unplug the Crock-Pot.

  2. Place the ceramic crock in a sink filled with hot soapy water. Scrub the crock with a sponge or a plastic scrubber.

  3. Rinse the ceramic crock with hot water, and then dry it with a soft cloth.

  4. Wash the glass lid in hot soapy water. Alternatively, wash the lid in the dishwasher.

  5. Wipe the outside of the Crock-Pot with a damp cloth or sponge.

  6. Tip

    Most removable ceramic crocks can safely be washed in the dishwasher. However, read the manual for your slow cooker first. Remove stuck-on food or burns with a paste made of baking soda and water. Dip a cloth into the paste, then gently scrub the problem area. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any baking soda residue.

    Warning

    Never immerse the electrical base or cord of your Crock-Pot in liquid. Never use steel wool, metallic scratch pads or abrasive powdered cleansers to clean the crock. Abrasives create tiny scratches that may become deeper in time.

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