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Old 01-30-2009, 07:17 PM   #11
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i would just take cooker back, get a new one and follow a recipe for the first stew. good luck

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Old 01-30-2009, 09:11 PM   #12
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If the potatoes weren't done after 20 hours, you have a definite problem. Indeed, I would not eat the stew because if it wasn't done after that long, the temperature was far too low, possibly in the range that would allow really nasty bacteria, such as botulism, to flourish.

I've had food poisoning three times in my life, and I'm probably lucky to be alive after a couple of them. Trust me -- do NOT take chances with food.

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:10 PM   #13
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TWENTY HOURS??!!?? Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that you didn't fully read the instruction booklet that came with the cooker. NOTHING should be cooked in any slow cooker for 20 hours. Nothing. And I'm sure the instructions mention that somewhere. Not to mention LIQUID requirements, which are most important. Not enough liquid in a crockpot/slow cooker? Even after 20 hours, potatoes will still be like rocks unless there's enough liquid.

But if, in fact, you did read the instructions, had enough liquid, & for whatever reason after TWENTY hours still had hard vegetables, you need to clean your appliance, pack it up, & return it to the store as defective.

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