How long can food sit in a crock pot after it’s done?

June 5th, 2012

I just bought a crock pot. I’m planning to try out a recipe on my day off. I’d like to cook things like five bean soup, barbeque ribs, vegetable stew, etc.

After the food is done cooking, how long can I let it sit in the crock pot? Do I have to change any settings? Is it safe to leave the crock pot on while I’m at work?

You’re safe to leave the crock pot on while you’re away. That’s the beauty of the crock pot. Fill it up, turn it on, and go on your merry way. The longer you leave it on, the more it will cook as you’re probably aware. I believe even when it’s turned off, the food will still continue to cook while the crock pot is warm. Just like putting something in the oven, turning the oven off, and leaving it in there. If you take it out of the crock pot, I wouldn’t let it sit for too long. If you’re planning to refrigerate or freeze your soup, just wait until it totally cools down. Hope this helps. I love my crock pot. You will too once you get some practice.

3 Responses to “How long can food sit in a crock pot after it’s done?”

  1. Murray

    You’re safe to leave the crock pot on while you’re away. That’s the beauty of the crock pot. Fill it up, turn it on, and go on your merry way. The longer you leave it on, the more it will cook as you’re probably aware. I believe even when it’s turned off, the food will still continue to cook while the crock pot is warm. Just like putting something in the oven, turning the oven off, and leaving it in there. If you take it out of the crock pot, I wouldn’t let it sit for too long. If you’re planning to refrigerate or freeze your soup, just wait until it totally cools down. Hope this helps. I love my crock pot. You will too once you get some practice.
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  2. wldrnsslvng

    There are many safety issues you need to be aware of…The holding temperature of your cooked food must be maintained at or above 145 degrees F.
    Depending on what is cooked will dictate how long a give item can be held safely.
    And what ever the food item is…if you remove it from heat, as in preparing for storage, you must cool your food item uncovered and under refrigeration. This will bring the temperature to a safe level as quickly as possible.
    And too, when reheating any food you must bring the internal temperature of the food to 165 degrees for at least 15 seconds to kill all harmful bacteria.

    Have fun and good eating :)
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    Serve Safe/ Health Dept.

  3. Loves

    It is safe to leave the crock pot on during work. I do it all the time. As for the setting, if you are going to be away for more than eight hours, use the LOW setting. You pretty much don’t ever want to go above low because the slower the cooking, the better and tender the food will be. If its on low, it can sit for up to 8-10 hours. After that, refrigerate!
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