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Safe Crockpot?

Commented on July 22, 2014
Created July 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

So I recently purchased a huge 23 qt pressure cooker to make bone broth and it's amazing. Now it's time to purchase a basic 6-8 qt crock pot to make some simple meals. I've noticed that many are lined with non-stick coating, etc and am looking for a safe, affordable and overall awesome crock pot.

First off: Would the teflon really be dangerous since I would only use this for slow cooking on relatively low temperatures? I've heard it becomes a problem on high heat (like a non-stick frying pan).

Secondly: Does anyone have any suggestions from ones they have/had? Brand, model, etc would be helpful so I can look online to buy. Thanks!

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 22, 2014
at 12:53 PM

Hahaha! That is the funniest thing I've heard all day lol. You sound a bit paranoid man :D

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on July 22, 2014
at 10:03 AM

It also makes it infinitely hackable. Imagine a bad guy who hates you knows you have one of these things and figures out your password and then resets it from slow cooker to run at the highest temperature possible for hours on end, and your house burns down. Not a good idea. Please stick with dumb, non-internet connected cooking objects.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 21, 2014
at 06:37 PM

Man, I'm a sucker for anything cast iron, that stuff is awesome. My next kitchen purchase will probably be a cast iron dutch oven. Yeah I agree, just about every crockpot I have seen has been ceramic, from what I can recall. They better keep it that way.

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on July 21, 2014
at 06:18 PM

yeah, I was about to say, "Teflon Crockpot???" doesn''t make sense why they would even do that. Ceramic Enameled Cast Iron is what you want to look for. Most Crockpots are ceramic, the cast iron also improves heat retention.

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on July 21, 2014
at 05:37 PM

OK @Janknitz now you have me looking into the Instant Pot, thanks! Although it's more $$ than I was planning on spending, it seems pretty awesome and versatile. Any downside I should be aware of?

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on July 22, 2014
at 03:44 AM

They are coming out with a new Instant Pot later this year which will be programmable by smart phone app. That makes it infinitely programmable and very cool. So if you're a gadget hound, wait for that one. I may sell my current one if the reviews are good.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on July 22, 2014
at 10:03 AM

It also makes it infinitely hackable. Imagine a bad guy who hates you knows you have one of these things and figures out your password and then resets it from slow cooker to run at the highest temperature possible for hours on end, and your house burns down. Not a good idea. Please stick with dumb, non-internet connected cooking objects.

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 21, 2014
at 05:22 PM

I haven't seen any non-ceramic crockpots actually. Both of the ones I had have been ceramic, I didn't even know they had non-stick. However, if you do get one that is non-stick, I wouldn't worry too much about it, it's safe. So long as you're not heating it to really high temperatures and sniffing the vapors coming off of it, because you could get polymer fume fever (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymer_fume_fever). But since you're not heating it that high, it should be ok.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 21, 2014
at 06:18 PM

yeah, I was about to say, "Teflon Crockpot???" doesn''t make sense why they would even do that. Ceramic Enameled Cast Iron is what you want to look for. Most Crockpots are ceramic, the cast iron also improves heat retention.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on July 21, 2014
at 05:00 PM

Get a crock pot with a ceramic insert. I see old Hamilton Beach ones just like I got for my wedding at thrift stores all the time for cheap. They have plastic lids but you can easily find glass lids that fit.

OR, try the Instant Pot. It is a 6 in 1 electric pressure cooker which also slow cooks with a programmable timer. You already have a pressure cooker, but this will do smaller batches. And it's a great slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker (if you do rice) and it heats up to sauté temps for true one pot meals. The best part is the removeable stainless steel liner. Very easy to clean.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on July 21, 2014
at 05:37 PM

OK @Janknitz now you have me looking into the Instant Pot, thanks! Although it's more $$ than I was planning on spending, it seems pretty awesome and versatile. Any downside I should be aware of?

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