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Old 04-10-2007, 03:52 PM   #11
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Hi sydfan,
I'm glad it worked out for you.
I would'nt try it, (I'm a sissy ) but lil sis #2 cooks hers that way all the time. She sets her crockpot on high and lets it cook all day. She says it turns out fine. I'm with Jenny though, I'd be afraid of that in between time from frozen to thawed.

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Old 04-10-2007, 04:01 PM   #12
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The rule of thumb is that you shouldn't let the chicken stay in the danger zone -- between 40 and 140 -- for more than 2 hours. Too much bacteria, and the bacteria multiplies zillions of times during this period. Proper heating and reheating will kill foodborne bacteria. However, some foodborne bacteria produce poisons or toxins that are not destroyed by high cooking temperatures if the food is left out at room temperature for an extended period of time.

If it sat out unrefigerated and then sat in a crockpot at lower than normal heat, the chicken will have stayed in the danger zone for way more than 2 hours.

I would never do this. Chicken breasts are another story, I suppose.

For the record, the USDA considers cooking any frozen meat in a crockpot to be unsafe. They are hypersensitive, perhaps, but a whole frozen chicken just seems like asking for trouble.

Cooking a turkey overnight ina very slow oven is widely acknowledged to be unsafe. It's a recipe for food poisoning.

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Old 04-10-2007, 04:31 PM   #13
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I wish someone with a scientific bent would come along and cook a few frozen chickens in a crockpot and measure the temps with a remote thermometer and see just how long the meat sat in the bacteria happy zone.

Maybe some people have and it would be great to know the results, but I have never seen any.

Other than direct evidence, we are all gessing.

I lived for a lot of years before anyone worried about these bugs and tend to be a bit more cavalier about the matter.

But I don't think I would feel comfortable with the froen chick in Mr. Crockpot, unless it was very warm.

Maybe some intrepid DCer would like to try the experiment. Right now absolutely no time. But it sounds like fun.
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:27 PM   #14
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I'm glad everything turned out OK, but I wouldn't try it again. I'm afraid you're just asking for trouble.
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:29 PM   #15
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Sounds like a "recipe" for disaster.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:41 PM   #16
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I have cooked partially frozen chicken breasts in the crock many times on low setting for 4-5 hours and they turn out fine. I put 2-3 large breasts in the crock with a splash of olive oil and some herbes de provence, salt and pepper. Its a real time saver when I want to make a casserole that requires cooked breasts after work.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:28 AM   #17
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I definitely wouldn't cook chicken from frozen.
I admit that I ignore quite a few food and hygeine rules and am still 'going strong' but cooking any meat from frozen is not a risk I would take. Not unless it specifically says " for best results cook from frozen". Some fish can be cooked from frozen.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:03 AM   #18
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CSALT: It just takes one time for disaster to happen. I have a friend who never wears a seat belt claiming she' s never had a a problem. Last week she went through the windshied.. End of story. NEVER play games with food either. All it takes is one bad experience. Frozen food should never be put into a crock pot. It takes too long for food to come to a safe temp even when thawed and frozen food in the pot is just asking for trouble. Crock pots heat slowly and the end temperature is low (Rival has raised the temperature of their crockpots because of the danger of food spoiling before it reached correct temperature) so putting anything frozen in the pot means it will thaw very slowly. Not a good idea. Gotta read the little manuals they give you with your appliances.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:34 PM   #19
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I would echo many here and say that a whole frozen chicken is not something I would put in the crookpot to cook. But I would also not do the whole frozen Turkey in the oven either. I have had a touch of food poisoning from a pasta salad that the mayo in the warmth of an picnic had me wishing I could die for a couple of days. Don't take non-common sense risks with food. Casper

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