"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Soups, Stews & Casseroles > Slow Cookers
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-02-2009, 01:32 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Slow cooker boiled dry - help!

It's the first time I've used one, I adapted a stew recipe and used most of the liquid advised expecting none to be evaporated. I put it on high, planning to wait 7/8 hours for this 2 1/2 hour recipe to cook as per manual. 4 hours later it had boiled dry (burnt on the side and everything). Basically is the slow cooker defective? You could see the steam rising from the lid and bubbling out from under it but I left it for 4 hours not wanting to disturb it in the first half of cooking. Help!

__________________

__________________
Jalisca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,806
Definitely defective - I'd return it immediately &/or contact the manufacturer.

You should not see any steam rising from the lid or escaping from beneath it. All that steam/moisture should remain trapped inside the cooker to keep everything moist during the cooking process. With slow-cooker recipes you should normally end up with more liquid than you started with, not less.
__________________

__________________
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
Sous Chef
 
les's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: London, England
Posts: 505
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jalisca View Post
It's the first time I've used one, I adapted a stew recipe and used most of the liquid advised expecting none to be evaporated. I put it on high, planning to wait 7/8 hours for this 2 1/2 hour recipe to cook as per manual. 4 hours later it had boiled dry (burnt on the side and everything). Basically is the slow cooker defective? You could see the steam rising from the lid and bubbling out from under it but I left it for 4 hours not wanting to disturb it in the first half of cooking. Help!
Hi
I've been using my slow cooker for years, never had this happen. I only turn it on high for 20 minutes, to get it hot, while I seal the meat. Then it gets turned down to low for 6-7 hours, I do stews, chili con carne(which has less liquid), I don't cook on high for hours, just the 20 mins to begin. Hope that helps.
__________________
Cooking with the Joneses
les is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
miniman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Basingstoke, England
Posts: 4,687
It does sound possible defective. However looking at slow cooker recipe, a dish on high is usually done in around 4hrs. I have an auto function which switches between low & high, or I bring it to bubbling on high & then turn it down low for the remainder.
__________________
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." - Nelson Mandela
miniman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 02:35 PM   #5
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,806
Regardless of whether your cooker is defective or not, what the others have posted is correct as well - you shouldn't be cooking anything on "high" for 7-8 hours. The longest I've ever seen any slow-cooker recipe recommend cooking anything on "high" is 2-3 hours tops. Any longer than that should be done on "low".
__________________
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks for all your replys. I immediately added more stock then turned it down to low for the last hour. It tasted fine, was very tender lol and and the bacon dissapeared!. I think next time I'll do it on low (it didn't seem to bubble out on low) for 7 hrs ish and add potatoes. All's well that ends well! rofl

edit: ofcourse I think this means that my slow cooker is not suited to cooking anything on high, but we shall see, thanks again
__________________
Jalisca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 06:24 PM   #7
Head Chef
 
mcnerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,326
I can especially see that happening with the newer RIVAL "Crock-Pot" that run way too hot to begin with. Even on low it will come to a boil and going on high for all day could be disastrous if the liquid disappeared.
__________________
Support bacteria. It's the only culture some people have.
mcnerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 10:12 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
The new slow-cookers get hotter than the old ones. I think it's because of a food safety issue.
At any rate, figure half the time of your recipe recommends, and start checking it then.
__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 10:42 PM   #9
Head Chef
 
mcnerd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,326
Only the Rival brands did it and they publicly stated that they did it. Mine went on a back shelf and I purchased a Hamilton Beach and I love it. No heat issues.
__________________
Support bacteria. It's the only culture some people have.
mcnerd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcnerd View Post
Only the Rival brands did it and they publicly stated that they did it. Mine went on a back shelf and I purchased a Hamilton Beach and I love it. No heat issues.
That's why I have kept my Rival I bought the year they came out. Even bought another one at a yard sale for $2. Wouldn't trade the older ones for anything.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dry steam leaking

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.