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Old 04-20-2013, 06:10 AM   #1
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Slow cooker smell and taste

Hello everyone,
This is my first post. I just bought my first Slow Cooker. a Hamilton Beach. I followed all the directions, But noticed a strange metallic taste and smell.
Does anyone know if this will go away the more I use it ? or do I need to try a different Brand. Is there some trick I'm missing. Please help, Thank you

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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Lots of new appliances smell like that. I just bought a new toaster recently. It took a few uses before the smell was gone, and I threw out a few slices of toast along the way.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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I can understand the smell but not the taste.

Did you wash the crock thoroughly before using it?

As Steve mentioned, sometimes a new appliance needs to "burn off" that smell.

You might try putting plain water in the crock and "cook" it on high for a few hours. Let it cool ... dump out and do it again. Might need to do it a few times.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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Or maybe some baking soda and vinegar. I agree, lots of new appliances need breaking in to get rid of the metallic smell.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to Discuss Cooking. I have not had that problem with mine, but it's about 10 years old. I have a Rival programmable. I did a search on Hamilton Beach, & noticed there are a few different models. One has a cast-aluminum insert that can also be used on the stovetop to brown & sear. It shouldn't affect the taste of the food. If you followed the manual, I would contact the manufacturer.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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I don't use my slow cooker for actual slow cooking, because I think everything cooked in a slow cooker has that metallic taste and smell. I especially dislike chicken made in a slow cooker.

I use mine for holding things for a potluck.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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Those of you who are saying you get a metallic taste from your slow cooker .. does your slow cooker have a pottery insert? And are you using a plastic or glass lid?

I've used slow cookers for over 40 years and I have never experienced a metallic taste so this is really confusing me.
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I wonder if some new appliances have to burn off a bit of oil or lubricant, leading to a smell.
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I don't use my slow cooker for actual slow cooking, because I think everything cooked in a slow cooker has that metallic taste and smell. I especially dislike chicken made in a slow cooker.

I use mine for holding things for a potluck.
I'm soo glad to hear somebody else say this SG!! I don't know if it's a metallic taste, but food from a crock pot always tastes "off" to me. I call it a "crock pot taste" that I never get in my enameled cast iron pot that I use on top of the stove or in the oven to obtain the same results. I brought this subject up here a long time ago and nobody agreed so I thought it was just me. My crock pot has a crockery insert and a glass lid, and both are always thoroughly washed.
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I'm soo glad to hear somebody else say this SG!! I don't know if it's a metallic taste, but food from a crock pot always tastes "off" to me. I call it a "crock pot taste" that I never get in my enameled cast iron pot that I use on top of the stove or in the oven to obtain the same results. I brought this subject up here a long time ago and nobody agreed so I thought it was just me. My crock pot has a crockery insert and a glass lid, and both are always thoroughly washed.
I agree, too, Kayelle. I don't get a metallic taste, but I rarely use my slow cooker because the food doesn't have the same flavor. Mine also has a pottery insert and a glass lid.
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