Originally Posted by FrankZ
I have never noticed anything peculiar about crock pots and the flavor of food. Maybe it is the style of recipes that are used more than the cooking vessel.
I agree with Frank. I, too, have not noticed any off flavor in dishes prepared in my crock-pot and I've been using it regularly since I bought it in the early '70s. I cook everything from applesauce, meatloaf, holiday dressing, you name it and there's never been any flavor other than that intended.
In fact, I cooked yesterday's corned beef in the crock-pot and it was the best I've ever made.
I am a clean freak. Came from a medical household where dishes, utensils, silverware, cookware, etc. were cleaned to nearly surgical standards, so I know everything used in our kitchen is thoroughly cleaned.
Selkie brings up a good point about the material crock-pots are made of, so I am a bit puzzled why there should be any flavor alteration because of the vessel in which food is cooked.
Oh, well. That's why we're all free to make our choices. I just know that you'd better not take my crock-pot away.