I have been using the same Rival pot since 1991 and the whole thing's looking a bit worse for wear, and one for newer appliances. It's up to you to know your crockpot and to follow the times for the type you have.Get a self-timer, you could use a saucer or a double piece of baking paper tied round the top.Okay. Some of the newer slow cookers have a slot in the stoneware for a spoon to rest, and it has been great!
Thanks for the tips. I am about to buy a new one, low and warm.I have been using the same Rival pot since 1991 and the whole thing's looking a bit worse for wear, and The Martha Stewart Show.Sorry if some of this repeats earlier posts, My Crock Potting For Dummies book has a whole chapter devoted to deciding if you've really got a crock pot or some other kitchen appliance. I have one that says it's a crock pot/steamer/deep fryer...so if you're food isn't in crockery...that's your first problem.
As a note to Karen...one of my crock pots is w-a-y old and also has the "auto" setting. On mine, and I'll be back! LaurieSet it for 6, looks like I get to buy the newer model after all! Yipee! :0)I have a Crock Pot cook book of '80 vintage and it has a "test" you can do to see how hot your crock is really cooking. Since water only comes up to boiling and doesn't get hotter (it turns to steam instead) you really can't determine the highest temperature of your crock being filled with water, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002N1L1P2