The slow cooker is a very helpful tool in the kitchen and if you maintain and take care of it properly, then it can be of service for a very long time.
Manufacturers do offer warranties and the appliance is known to be very durable, but like all other kitchen tools it does require a little bit of attention from time to time. Even the best slow cookers also require some care. Here is a helpful step-by-step guide on how to properly clean your slow cooker.
1. Always make sure to unplug your slow cooker before cleaning. Check its cords for any damage that may need to be repaired.
2. Start by wiping the exterior of your slow cooker with a damp soapy rag or cloth. Rinse the rag and wipe the exterior of the slow cooker again repeatedly until it is clear of any food stains. If there are stubborn and hard-to-remove stains, use a baking soda and water mixture or use a specific cleaner.
3. Take away the removable parts (lid, handles, and knobs) and clean them with warm soapy water. Most of these parts are also dishwasher-safe so you can just put them into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
4. Check the bottom of the slow cooker and wipe it with a damp cloth as well, you can also use a toothpick or a small brush to remove any food that got stuck. Remember not to use sharp metal objects like knives or an ice pick as they can damage the machine.
5. If the slow cooker has remaining mineral stains, fill it up with hot water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Replace the cover and turn the slow cooker on high for at least two hours. After two hours, wash it with warm sudsy water and then you can see that the mineral residue should come off easily. Always remember not to immerse the heating unit in water.
Always keep in mind that the top rated slow cookers are made with different materials so it is still advisable to always read the manufacturer’s manual to see if there are specific instructions on how to best use and clean your slow cookers. There are readily available cleaners specific to each slow cooker type and model that you can buy and use. However, it still pays to read the instructions to make sure you won’t damage your slow cooker with harsh cleaners. Slow cooker reviews over the Internet would also be helpful in giving you additional tips on how to take care of this helpful kitchen tool.