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Crockpot Cooking: Utensils and Accessories

Updated on July 7, 2011
Official Crock Pot brand cooking utensils.
Official Crock Pot brand cooking utensils.

Breville EasySear Cooker

If by chance you've read any of my other crockpot cooking hubs; then you may have notice it is time for me to suggest some Crockpot Cooking: Utensils and Accessories that an individual can use to take care of and assist in prolonging the life of one's stoneware appliance. You may have noticed to that in several other hubs, I’m showing the Breville EasySear Cooker that is in the video to your right.

Well, I’ll admit that since first viewing this slow cooker I fell in love with the idea that you could remove the liner place it on your stove and properly sear or brown your meat. This appliance to me is the best time saver yet, because it eliminates one from having to use an additional pan and perhaps other cooking utensils during food preparation.

If however, you like me and really cannot afford to invest in Breville EasySear appliance at this time; nonetheless, if you are in the market to purchase a new crock pot, look for one that has a removable liner like this one. Or perhaps you have one of the standard crockpots that has nonremovable liners; now there are cooking bags that can be used to assist in making cleanup easy.

Official Crock-Pot Utensils

The easiest way to determine the correct utensils to use within your crock pot is to take a look at the types of utensils that the manufacturer has designed for their appliances. The Official Crock-Pot website provided the most thorough information on their utensils and accessories so I’m using that as a guideline to create this portion of the hub. By no means are these the only Crockpot Cooking: Utensils and Accessories on the market. Regardless of the name brand of utensils and accessories that one chooses; the tools should be specifically designed to work with the crock pot slow cooker making it easy to prepare the meals.

Consider finding utensils that are heat resistant to at least 400 degrees, that will not scratch or damage the surface, and that gives you flexibility to scoop, dip, and or stir from the top to the bottom. Shown in the photo at the top of the page are as follows: The 1st utensil is a spoon which offers a unique flat bottom that is designed with a steep angled handle to help get around the tight corners. It allows the spoon to be used for double duty as a turner of food and a spoon at the same time. The 2nd utensil is slotted spoon and offers the same features as the regular spoon with the added benefit of being able to drain or strain foods like green beans or peas.

Crockpot Turner and Slotted Turner

3rd is the turner and the 4th is the slotted turner that has a head designed for a variety of uses and slots for draining and walled back and sides. This slotted tool is great for draining meats when transferring from a frying pan to the crockpot or vice versa. It’s great for slicing and separating individual servings such as lasagna or brownies.

5th is the ladle which helps you get around the crockpot slow cooker with ease plus it’s the idea size for that single perfect bowl of soup, stew, or beans. This utensil also has a variety of uses however; it’s a great tool to use for strains and liquids. And the 6th utensil is the tongs which are designed to cradle a roast; while the teeth inside the head grip the meat to ensure that the roast remains intact. The pinchers of the tongs allows one to pinch small items such as potatoes and vegetables.

If you would like to purchase the Official Crock-Pot brand of cooking utensils then you can find them at the website link above. One can also purchase replacement parts form the same website. Or you can purchase some of the other selections included on this hub.

Tips for Cleaning Cooking Utensils

Materials Matter with Crockpot Utensils

Personally, I prefer the clean sleek look and feel of stainless steel, however to avoid damaging my crockpot I use the steel handles with silicone heads as my cooking utensils. The material composition of kitchen utensils can immensely affects the cost and performance of your cooking with these utensils. Utensils can be made from a variety of materials and or substances including aluminum, copper, cast iron, glass, porcelain, plastic, steel, tin, and silicone.

These properties determine practical applications for each product and should meet all Food Safety and Health standards. In addition, such materials must be constructed to prevent scratches or damage to the stoneware itself. The same care used in cleaning and handling the family’s flatware and other cooking utensils should be done for your crockpot slow cooker utensils. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning instructions to avoid any health or safety issues.

Tips for Cleaning a Crockpot

The video to the right will definitely prove to you the importance of using the proper cooking utensils within a crockpot. This poor fellow has a lot going against him in getting this stoneware clean.

  • One problem is that the slow cooker is over 20 years old
  • Another issue is that the inside stoneware has been scratched and damaged
  • In addition to the fact that his cleaning actions are abrasive which damages the appliance even more.

This individual needs to purchase a new crockpot and buy the proper kitchen utensils to use within the slow cooker.  With today’s new materials there should not be a lot of sticking if the stoneware is properly sprayed with a non sticking vegetable oil or a plastic liner is used at the beginning of cook time.  Also, it is important to use a non abrasive dish detergent to clean the appliance properly.

Enjoy your quick and easy meal and cleanup too.
Enjoy your quick and easy meal and cleanup too.

Ending Note

This is the conclusion of Crockpot Cooking: Utensils and Accessories as one can see cooking with this stoneware has become easier than ever.  Be sure to check out my other hubs on crockpot cooking. This is part of a series of hubs discussing cooking techniques and soon there will be more recipes; please see the tab below near the comments section for a link to the next hub.

And so in departing a note to my readers: I hope you liked this article and I would appreciate if you leave a comment, rate it, share it, and/or Digg it. Thanks You!

Namaste’

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    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much Katiem for all your support on this series, I think you have read them all. :)

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I'm loving your crockpot cooking utensils and assesories. Great series. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Om - Oh Om, you are so funny, however it might be a good avatar name, if I ever decide to separate food hubs from supplement hubs. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner - Thanks for stopping by and good luck to you in the contest as well.

      @stephhicks68 - I agree one of the awards of crockpot cooking is to step into your home and dinner is prepared. I appreciate you stopping by for a read. :)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      Very nice. So many nifty tips. Here is your new nickname: Crockpot Queen!!!

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Good luck to you - I love crockpot cooking, too and wrote a hub some time ago on it. Nothing like putting a meal together and coming back hours later to a wonderful smelling kitchen.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Good luck in the contest too - not sure which hub was in it this week as I'm just so tired I can barely think anymore...but good info here!! Audrey

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Tattoguy - LOL! Yeah can you believe it. :) I appreciate your kind words, my teacher, and I know you will be proud to know that one of my hubs called Crockpot Cooking: Cheap cuts of Beef, Lamb, or Pork made into this week's Hubalicious Contest. https://hubpages.com/food

      Votes are good through Thursday noon Pacific time. Thanks for stopping by moi friend. xoxoxo

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @nifty@50 - LOL, I like your statement, "It's a great way to make inexpensive meals on cruise control." I may have to quote you on that one. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @anglnwu - LOL, I agree anglnwu, I would like that Breville as well, that's why it's mentioned on several hubs. So that every cook can see this just how "improved" the crock pot has become. Thanks for stopping by for a read my friend.

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      TattoGuy 

      8 years ago

      So my fav writer is all out to crack the Crockpot Cooking, I always admire your research and quality hubs, which is why you are my fav writer ; )

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Very comprehensive and useful hub. As I told u, i'm considering buying one and now, with all these tips, I know exactly what I want--a Breville! Rated it up!

    • nifty@50 profile image

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Money Glitch, I found this hub to be very helpful! I should use a crock pot more,it's a great way to make inexpensive meals on cruise control!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hehehe, No special techniques come to mind, just reading lots of hubs from others and picking up tidbits from here and there. I appreciate your kind comments especially because I'm still in the learning stages of internet writing, as well. Thanks so much Sampsons1 for your support. :)

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      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      rated up & useful! thanks Money Glitch, your hubs are always so through and interesting to read and you 'put them together' so precisely. You must share your techniques and procedures, maybe in a hub...

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