Originally Posted by jennyema
Letting food sit out in a crockpot for hours is really unsafe.
Particularly since even when you start a crackpot it takes quite awhile for the contents to come to a safe temp.
That's a big food poisoning risk.
As usual, I agree with Jenny on this point. ^^^
When I was away all day, I'd just choose a recipe that was close to the amount of time I'd be away. Many crock pot recipes give at least an 8hr cooking time, and if you are gone an hr or two longer, it never seemed to make much difference as far as I could tell. As you said, some of your creations seemed to be undercooked, so I'd just start the cooking when you leave and not worry about it.
PS.......You may want to try this....it can easily go 10 hrs or even more.
Bite size pieces of beef, about 3 lbs.
1 lb. fresh mushrooms cut in half
1 packet of Lipton onion soup mix
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 cup of dry Sherry
Mix all in a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hrs.
Thicken pot liquid with instant mashed potato buds.
Serve on buttered wide noodles, or mashed potatoes.
This was my kids favorite meal growing up. The house smells wonderful.