Is your slow cooker really boiling your food?
Jun. 22, 2011 4:51 pm
Updated: Jun. 24, 2011 4:28 am
Often I read on “thebuzz” that someone says, “My slow cooker boils.” Well it may seem so but I’m sure it’s just simmering
(a point just below boiling). So I have decided to do a little research that may help anyone interested.
First let me say that Crock Pot® is a brand name of a slow cooker. There are many other brands of slow cookers that are
available. My information is based on Crock Pot® because the slow cookers I use are Crock Pot®.
Keep in mind that this is for oval type slow cookers that the "crock" pot is removal from the heating element.
According to the Crock Pot® web site
"both High and Low stabilize at the same temperature, it is just a matter of how long it takes to reach the simmer point. Once food reaches the simmer point, total cook time is dependent on cut and weight of meat to reach the point
of maximum flavor and texture potential."
Ok, so what does this mean? If you start out on high it will reach the simmering point quicker. If you start out on low
it will take longer to reach the simmering point. "Typical cook time for slow cookers to reach simmer point (209°F):
Low: 7-8 to reach the simmer point High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point." And most of us thought High and Low were two different temps.
How do you know what the simmering point is on you slow cooker? Just do a simple water test. Place 4 quarts of room temperature
water in your slow cooker cover it (don’t open the lid) and cook on high or low for six hours. After six hours check the water temperature, ideally the water temperature should read between 195 degrees and 209 degrees. Sometimes the settings vary so you may
want check both the high and low settings. Wow, that could be a 12 hour chore. I personally would check the setting that you use most.
I sincerely hope this helps some of you. Maybe even some of you will get that slow cooker back out and put it to good use.
I use mine a lot in the summer to keep the kitchen cool along with the usual soups and stews in the winter.