Source: The Secrets to Safe Slow Cooking at Home
Slow cookers - we love them on game day and for lazy weekend meals, but what about the weekdays? Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on and unattended for a full workday? The answer is mostly yes. While there is always a risk that something could go wrong, chances are nothing will as long as you follow these instructions.
Set it up properly
- Do not set the slow cooker on a finished wood table. Instead, place it on something more heat safe, like a tiled kitchen counter. To protect the counter or table surface, place a hot pad, trivet, or protective padding underneath the slow cooker.
- Keep six inches clear from the wall and six inches clear on all sides.
- Don't let the cord hang over the edge of the table or counter or touch any heated parts of the slow cooker.
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- Fill the slow cooker with enough liquid (between half and two-thirds full)