Tips for Using Slow Cooker Liners Without Problems
Do you love your slow cooker but hate how long it takes to clean it? It’s a common problem: you use your slow cooker to save yourself time in the kitchen, but then you end up having to soak and scrub your slow cooker for ages to get all the food stains and gunk out!
This is a pretty annoying scenario. You’re trying to save time, but all your saved time is then being spent washing dishes. Not so fun. If only crock pot cleanup could be easier, right?
Well, it can be. With slow cooker liners, you can completely eliminate the need to clean your slow cooker. Instead of spending half an hour trying to clean your crock pot, simply lift the slow cooker liner out of the crockpot, and throw it in the trash. It’s as easy as that.
Who Should Use Slow Cooker Liners?
- People who have trouble cleaning dishes – Slow cookers can be heavy so if you have a problem with your hands, it will be challenging to clean yours. The slow cooker liner makes cleanup almost effortless.
- People who hate cleaning dishes – If cleaning your crock pot is taking up a bunch of your time, using a liner will be completely worth the money for you.
- People who use their crock pot a lot – If you’re constantly cooking slow cooker meals there will inevitably be days where you just want to have an easy, stress-free meal. You don’t have to use a liner every time you cook with your crockpot, but you’ll love having them just in case.
Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker Liner
- Clean up is fast – As I said above, clean up with a slow cooker liner is as easy as removing the liner and throwing it in the trash.
- Less water waste – If you use a liner, you won’t need to soak your crock pot meaning you’re using less hot water.
Slow Cooker Liner Tips
While reading reviews of crock pot liners on the internet, there were a ton of positive ones and there were also a small number of people who had some negative things to say about them. Here are the top 3 common problems they were reporting:
- Melted liner
- Plastic smell
All of those sound pretty bad, so to ensure that your slow cooker liner experience is a good one, here are some tips to make your slow cooker experience a success!
Spray Your Crockpot with Cooking Spray
This is a tip to help fix the melted liner problem. Before trying this tip out, we recommend just trying a liner on its own first because this problem is pretty uncommon. If you try out the liner and it DOES melt, this tip should help fix that problem.
The solution is simple: before you put your liner into the crockpot with your food, spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray. We’re not sure why, but this should help stop the liners from melting.
Inspect Your Crockpot
If a ton of people are having success with these liners but they’re leaking or causing a weird smell for you, it may be the crock pots fault, not the liner. If your crock pot is a bit older, it may be heating unevenly or even overheating. Both of these problems could affect how well the liners work.
Take a look at your crock pot and try to see if you can sort out the issue. If it’s old, you may have to replace it or get it repaired.
Slow Cooker Liner Substitute
In order to keep your food safe, we don’t recommend substituting store-bought liners with DIY slow cooker liners or anything like that. Instead, we have some tips for those of you who would rather go liner-less. These tips will help your crockpot cleaning process go as smoothly as possible:
Soak Your Crock Pot Right Away
As soon as dinner is served, you should empty the leftovers from your slow cooker into a different container, and soak your slow cooker right away in the sink. Fill it with water, dish soap, and let it sit for a couple hours or overnight (depending on how dirty it is). If you let it sit out the food will dry to it and it will be a whole lot harder to get it clean.
After it’s been soaking for a while it should be easy to clean. Grab a sponge or a scrubber, put some elbow grease into it and you should be good!
Spray Your Crock Pot with Cooking Oil Beforehand
I’ve never used this tip myself before, but I’ve read that it helps stop food from crusting onto the crockpot. Simply grab some cooking spray and spray it all over the sides and bottom of your crock pot. Or, if you don’t have a spray, grab some vegetable oil, put it on a paper towel, and wipe the crockpot yourself.
This will help make the cleanup way easier! Using the soak method combined with this tip should make cleanup a breeze.
Where to Buy Crockpot Liners
You can find slow cooker liners in basically any grocery store, and there are multiple brands to choose from. Crockpot has their own brand name liners, but they can be pretty expensive.
I have used the PanSaver liners quite a few times recently and they are just as good if not better than the Reynolds liners. I have had some Reynolds ones come apart at the seam before I even got it into the slow cooker. I haven’t had that issue with PanSaver so far. Love the lower price and the easy clean-up!
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