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.