Will you leave your crock pot on all day while you're at work?

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:34:13 PM
This may sound silly, but, do you leave the house alone with the crock pot going for the day? Is this safe? Will it keep the food warm when it stops cooking? (Can you tell I don't use the crock pot often?)

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:35:20 PM
I do it all the time. My latest crockpot has a timer on it so that after a set number of hours it switches to warm.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:35:35 PM
Yes. All the time. My crock pot doesn't stop cooking until I turn it off, so I'm not sure about your question there. But I do leave it on while I'm at work... that's sort of what it's for!

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:36:23 PM
Isn't that the whole idea? I don't have 8 hours after I get home to get dinner cooked!



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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:36:42 PM
Yes I do. Thats why I use it!

I also have a digital one that you can program for X hours on high or low then it will switch to warm, or you can just have it shut off after the high/low cycle.

I use my crock pot probably once a week all year long.
Sometimes more, sometimes less. But I do use it a lot and love it!

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:37:15 PM
Yea.that's sort of the purpose I think behind crockpots! esp those with the timers! I love throwing something in it in the am, and coming home to the great smell and dinner all ready!


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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:37:29 PM

Yes. All the time. My crock pot doesn't stop cooking until I turn it off, so I'm not sure about your question there. But I do leave it on while I'm at work... that's sort of what it's for!

that. The only time I use my crockpot is when I'm at work. If I'm home all day, I'd rather cook in the oven. I don't use my crockpot much- haven't caught the hang of crockpot cooking...


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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:37:36 PM
I leave it on when I'm at work all the time. Mine doesn't have a way of turning off on its own so can't answer the other part of your question.


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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:38:16 PM
Yes. That's why I got it.

In the summer, I leave it out on the screen porch. I hate smelling hot food in the house on hot days.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:38:31 PM
Absolutely! I also have one that switches to 'warm' mode when the cooking time is done.

I LOVE my crockpot! But I'm 'lazy' that way.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:38:57 PM
Yes. I don't see it as any more risky than leaving a lamp or computer on. Sure, there's always a minor risk something could short out, but that's life.

There are different types of crockpots you can get that will switch to warm after a certain period of time, or you can leave it on low the whole time if you're going to be gone longer than the recipe calls for and don't want stuff to burn in on high, etc.

I'd love to see some crockpot-pros' favorite recipes or tips! I'm new to using it as well.


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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:40:10 PM
You bet! That is why I love it! I would like to get one with a timer, for the meals that don't need to be cooked quite as long. I have a friend who is paranoid about leaving hers on while she is gone...I just don't get it, but I don't say anything

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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:41:22 PM
Yes, mine has different settings for cooking times. After the cooking time has ended it stays on warm for two hours (I believe it's two hours, can't remember for sure).


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Posted: 12/26/2009 5:54:59 PM
I don't leave other appliances on when I leave (dishwasher, washer, dryer) but I don't mind leaving a crock pot on during the day when I'm going to be out. I don't have one that turns itself off tho, so I have to be home at the right time.

In the summer, I use the crock pot at night (for BBQ).

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:14:57 PM
Yes I do. Mine also has a timer and it'll flip over to "warm" mode for a certain number of hours. I love my crockpot. Makes getting dinner on the table that much easier!

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:23:21 PM
I haven't had to because my partner is a SAHD so he usually cooks dinner. I have left it on once while I was at work, but the food stuck to the edges and got a bit burnt. I will probably do it more often next year when DSO goes back to work full time.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:24:34 PM
Yes. That is the point of using the crock pot!


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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:26:52 PM
Sadly, if I didn't my family would not eat most nights that I have school. Sometimes my stuff is a little over cooked but we deal with it.



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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:27:59 PM
I do, but I only work half days. I do worry about how hot it gets underneath, so I always set it on my cook top.

The warm feature sounds great! I like the new ones with the latches. Much easier to travel.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:31:17 PM
I do, every time. I do not leave the dryer on though.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:44:05 PM
I leave mine all the time. I love coming home to a hot meal, all done and ready to eat. I put my wood cutting board under it, so that the counter top does not get too warm. And another thing I do is spray non-stick cooking spray in the crock pot before filling it. Makes it so much easier to clean.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:44:05 PM
I leave mine all the time. I love coming home to a hot meal, all done and ready to eat. I put my wood cutting board under it, so that the counter top does not get too warm. And another thing I do is spray non-stick cooking spray in the crock pot before filling it. Makes it so much easier to clean.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:49:48 PM
Of course - how else would the crock-pot-in-a-bag meal get done? With a side of uncrustables, it's a well rounded dinner.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:50:26 PM
I thought that was the whole point? It uses a low wattage to cook.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 6:56:39 PM
I've been using the same crockpot since 1978 and have left it on all day when I am not at home many, many times. I just do the stuff on low and it keeps hot without over cooking.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 8:02:57 PM
I leave the crock pot on all day when I'm away. Mine doesn't have a timer or anything - it goes until I come home. I've never worried about it and never had a problem. I love my crock pot.


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Posted: 12/26/2009 8:06:12 PM
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Posted: 12/26/2009 8:51:49 PM
If I didn't, some nights we wouldn't eat I love my crock pot.

My secretary's husband won't allow her to use hers if they are going to be at work. But this is same guy has to have the basement door locked at all times too


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Posted: 12/26/2009 8:57:05 PM
Yes, I do. I love being able to come home and have a meal ready and waiting.


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Posted: 12/26/2009 8:59:39 PM
I don't use mine as often as I should! I did find this blog and think I'll try some of the recipes! Year of Crockpot



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Posted: 12/26/2009 9:22:22 PM
I'm scared to death to do that. Which is also why we've never used our crock pot!


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Posted: 12/26/2009 9:50:08 PM

All the time, I am no longer working but still use my crock pot especially in the winter. I leave it on all day and when I go out it remains on.

I lave the washing machine going, the dish washer but never, never the dryer,

Makes life so much easier.

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Posted: 12/26/2009 10:01:13 PM
That is the only time I use a crockpot. If I'm going to be home all day I just use the oven.


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Posted: 12/26/2009 11:06:40 PM
Okay, super stupid questions here:

Why not leave the dryer on while you are gone? I've never heard of that.

And yes, I use the crockpot while I'm gone. I have one that switches to warm after it is done.


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Posted: 12/27/2009 10:10:21 AM

Why not leave the dryer on while you are gone? I've never heard of that.

Dryers can get lint trapped in them and start a fire. I have heard of so many people saying ... "If I wouldn't have been home when the dryer started smoking ..."

I used to leave it on all the time. But I don't anymore.

I get nervous leaving a crockpot on all day, but I do it anyway. Just make sure there's nothing around it and have it on the cook-top.

I never leave the dryer or the dishwasher going while we are gone.

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Posted: 12/27/2009 10:11:48 AM

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Posted: 12/27/2009 10:16:36 AM
mine has 3 settings, high, low, and off.

I've left mine on many times, but I make sure it's away from anything on the counters, ie, a handtowel or paper. I'm just paranoid a spark will ignite. Weird, but sometimes I just want a hot meal when I get home, not a charbroiled one! LOL

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Posted: 12/27/2009 10:45:21 AM
Thanks for that link Terri! I asked for and got a crockpot for Christmas and I'm so looking forward to having a hot meal ready for me to eat when I get home and am starving at 6:30. Plus leftovers so for lunch!

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Posted: 12/27/2009 11:08:46 AM
yes, i do all the time

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Posted: 12/27/2009 11:25:03 AM
Wait. It's unusual to have your basement door locked all of the time? We always do because we have windows in the basement and they're the ones most likely to get broken into.

Although we're basement door lockers, we *do* use the crockpot during the workday.


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Posted: 12/27/2009 11:58:47 AM
yeap. house was still standing when i came home

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Posted: 12/27/2009 12:02:47 PM
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Posted: 12/27/2009 12:25:43 PM
I definitely do ... I leave the dryer on too ... but I'm home most of the time these days anyway ...


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Posted: 12/27/2009 12:45:52 PM
Yes, along with the dryer and assorted other home appliances but I'm daring that way.


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Posted: 12/27/2009 1:28:11 PM
I loooove using my crockpot while I'm at work and then having supper done when I get home!

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Posted: 12/27/2009 1:59:03 PM
I probably would if DH weren't so paranoid about it. He even unplugs the toaster most of the time. Weird, I know. But he's a bit paranoid after his parent's house burned from an electric blanket.


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Posted: 12/27/2009 2:05:11 PM
yes and I'll leave the washer,dryer, and dishwasher on when I'm gone. I'm all about tempting fate.

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Posted: 12/27/2009 2:19:06 PM
Yes I leave my crockpot on when I go to work. I put it on the top of my stove.
As for the dryer fire-clean out your lint trap every load you do.
I have worked for the Fire Department for 10 years and can think of 1 dryer fire that started a house fire in all those years. I would never be concerned about leaving my dryer on.


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Posted: 12/27/2009 2:22:39 PM
Well, I work at home, but if it's on and I have to leave the house, I leave it on. Mine's one of the digital ones that switches to warm as well.

I like the "Fix It and Forget It" series of cookbooks.

I got one of these cookbooks for Xmas! I can't wait to try it out


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Posted: 12/27/2009 2:25:53 PM
I leave the crockpot on, always have however will NOT leave my dryer on. Not after receiving an urgent write up from our Gas Co. When we moved into our house a few months ago, I had them come check the gas lines as our fitting was loose. He showed me how to remove the bottom plate of our dryer and low & behold it was filthy with caked on dirt, webs, lint & so forth. We lived next to a dirt field & all those windstorms over the years brought on all that debris that accumulated in there. I *always* clean the lint trap each and every time but it's the bottom portion of dryer, door removed, that needs the through check. We were a fire waiting to happen, according to him we were a severe case. Yes that is paranoia for me, wasn't before but sure as hell is now.

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