Originally Posted by AllenMI
To measure how hot a crockpot gets, you might want to use some oil instead of water.
I politely disagree, Allen. Crockpot recipes and instructions that come with, tell you to trim the fat, most times sear the meat, & almost always call for skinless chicken breasts. Adding oil/fat/grease imo, would be a disaster... particularly testing the temp in the unit by pouring in oil.
Newer units get hotter. Compensate by cooking on low for longer lengths of time. Keep in mind, it is not a deep fryer. Foods cook mostly by steam... not oil. Rather than 'test' the temp, cut the fat, use lean ground beef, remove the skin from poultry, sear a roast first... all of these fatty factors raise the temp and cook faster.