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					       Slow Cookers - Testing Temperature Accuracy
Your slow cooker must be heating correctly to keep food safe.. You can check your slow cooker to make
sure it is heating properly by using the following directions:

    1. Fill the slow cooker 1/2 to 2/3 full.
    2. Heat on LOW or 200°F on digital units for eight hours.
    3. Check the water temperature with an accurate, instant read food thermometer. Do this quickly
       because the temperature drops 10 to 15 degrees when the lid is removed.
    4. The temperature of the water should be 185° to 200°F.
Temperatures below 185°F indicate that your slow cooker does not heat food high enough or fast enough
to avoid possible food safety problems. If your slow cooker doesn't pass this test, don't use it. It's unsafe
to use and should be replaced! Temperature readings above 200°F indicate that food cooked for 8 hours
without stirring would be overdone.


Source: Information adapted from Slow Cookers-How To Test for Accuracy, University of Minnesota Extension




             Slow Cookers - How to Test for Accuracy
Your slow cooker must be heating correctly to keep food safe.. You can check your slow cooker to make
sure it is heating properly by using the following directions:

    1. Fill the slow cooker 1/2 to 2/3 full.
    2. Heat on LOW or 200°F on digital units for eight hours.
    3. Check the water temperature with an accurate, instant read food thermometer. Do this quickly
       because the temperature drops 10 to 15 degrees when the lid is removed.
    4. The temperature of the water should be 185° to 200°F.
Temperatures below 185°F indicate that your slow cooker does not heat food high enough or fast enough
to avoid possible food safety problems. If your slow cooker doesn't pass this test, don't use it. It's unsafe
to use and should be replaced! Temperature readings above 200°F indicate that food cooked for 8 hours
without stirring would be overdone.


Source: Information adapted from Slow Cookers-How To Test for Accuracy, University of Minnesota Extension
      Slow Cookers - Be Food Safe - Follow these guidelines!

     Be food safe, follow these guidelines when using a slow cooker
1. When preparing food in a slow cooker, follow these guidelines:

 Start with fresh or thawed meat - not frozen.
 Use chunks rather than large cuts or roasts. Use pices of poultry - not a whole chicken.
 Cook meat on high for 1 hour and then turn cooker to low.
 Only use recipes that include a liquid.
 Check internal temperature to make sure food reaches 160 degrees F.
 Do not delay starting time.
 Do not reheat foods in slow cooker.
Keep the lid on.




                 Slow Cookers - Slow Cooking Guidelines
    Be food safe, follow these guidelines when using a slow cooker
1. Keep raw ingredients refrigerated until they are to be put in the cooker.
2. Thaw frozen meat or poultry before cooking.
3. Cut vegetables in small pieces to ensure rapid heat transfer.
4. When cooking meat, the water or stock level should almost cover the meat to ensure effective
       heat transfer.
5. Do not overload the crock pot. Half full to three-fourths full is recommended for most crock pots.
6. Do not leave cooked food to cool down in the crock pot. Either consume it immediately or cool
       the food rapidly and refrigerate.
7. Never reheat leftovers in the crock pot. Reheat leftovers on the stove, in the oven or micro
       wave then add to a heated slow cooker.
8. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
9. Do not use the slow cooker for storage of foods either in or out of the refrigerator.

				
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