Crockpot experts - can I reheat prepared (heat &eat) soup in a crockpot without

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  1. profile image60
    ElleBeeposted 11 years ago

    Crockpot experts - can I reheat prepared (heat &eat) soup in a crockpot without burning? See details

    There's a potluck at a work event next week, and I'm supposed to be bringing a vegetarian dish.  I was thinking I might do a squash & potato soup that I've made stove top before - the problem is it used prepared butternut squash from Trader Joe's as it's base, and I'm worrying about whether that will burn in a crockpot?  It's for a lunch event so planning to cook on high for about 3-4 hours.

  2. SidKemp profile image86
    SidKempposted 11 years ago

    I think I see two points that will help: I see no reason to cook anything vegetarian on high for 3-4 hours. Use high to reach boiling, then turn down to a low simmer. And it should be ready to eat in an hour, even if you use large chunks of butternut squash.

    If you want to cook it faster and lower temperature, which will reduce the chance of sticking, then either cut the squash small, or, even better, boil chunks of squash and then blend them. With blending, the soup can be ready in 20 minutes and stay warm and delicious in a crock pot on low for hours.

  3. Novel Treasure profile image90
    Novel Treasureposted 11 years ago

    I have reheated many things in the crockpot before. Each crockpot is different, but I would suggest heating on the lowest or warm setting so as not to burn. That's what I do with mine. My crockpot gets really hot, so the hot setting will typically burn if I do it for more than 30-60 minutes. For something that has already been cooked or for leftovers, I usually heat on the warm or low setting. It takes longer but I've not burned anything.

  4. MarleneB profile image94
    MarleneBposted 11 years ago

    I use my crockpot a lot. I guess it doesn't get too hot because I have never burned anything in the crockpot - even on the high setting. Since you are basically just reheating, I don't even think you need to cook it on high. I think after 3-4 hours, it should be hot and ready to enjoy.

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      ElleBeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Okay makes sense. That seems to be the general consensus! I was concerned b/c the soup base will just be reheating but other ingredietns (potatoes mainly) will be cooking.

  5. Becky Katz profile image83
    Becky Katzposted 11 years ago

    It should be fine but if you are just heating it up, turn it on low. I reheat homemade chili in mine all the time and I just turn it on low for a couple of hours. That is enough to heat it totally. With vegetables, turning it on high will overcook it also. You don't want to cook the nutrition out of it.

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      ElleBeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Okay good to know! The butternut squash soup as base will be reheating but it will also have potatoes in it, that will be cooking, i was worried about them not being cooked enough.

  6. DzyMsLizzy profile image86
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    The beauty of a crockpot is that it is SLOW cooking, even on high heat, it takes a long time to really cook something through.  I've never had anything burn in a crockpot.  I don't think it happens, unless someone turned it on high and left the lid off for all the liquid to evaporate.

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      ElleBeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That makes sense! I will make sure to leave the lid firmly in place.

  7. Goody5 profile image61
    Goody5posted 11 years ago

    Yes you can reheat food in a crock pot. Just make sure you put it on low. It's not going to hurt a crock pot as long as it has water in it. I hope this helps you out!

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      ElleBeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Okay. Makes sense, thank you.

  8. Diane Woodson profile image60
    Diane Woodsonposted 11 years ago

    I cook soup twice a week in my large crock pot and am always happy with the results....I think if you use canned soup I would make sure to have enough liquids in the crockpot while its all cooking...Low would be warm enough to do the job...Good Luck, If you want my vegetable beef soup recipe for the crock pot I will be happy to send it...My hubby loves it.

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      ElleBeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Oooh vegetable  beef soup sounds delicious! Unfortunately a couple of the people in our group are strict vegetarians so the beef broth wouldn't work sad

  9. Cook n Save Money profile image69
    Cook n Save Moneyposted 10 years ago

    Sounds more like you're planning on cooking your soup in the crockpot and not simply reheating it? 

    These are two different things, and your results could be quite different using a different cooking method.  Not a chance I'd take if you've never made it in the crock pot before.  They're called "slow cookers" for a reason, and I wouldn't want to guess how long it would take or if it would change the texture too much from your stop top method.

    I'd prepare your soup as usual on the stove, then just store it in your crock in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat it on low so it'll be warmed up by your potluck lunch time.

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    MrDanielAbramposted 8 years ago

    Yes you can reheat soup in a crockpot without burning.

  11. CCgirl profile image62
    CCgirlposted 7 years ago

    It sounds like your are inquiring abut making the sup from scratch. 3-4 hours is definitely not necessary for a veggie soup.  You may actually turn the veggies to mush by cooking it too long.  I would say 1.5  at best is all you need for this soup.

  12. PDXfoodfan profile image71
    PDXfoodfanposted 4 years ago

    I think this would work just fine! Crockpots are great for slowly heating things, so this scenario of reheating seems perfect. As far as the cooking time, I think 1-2 hours on low/medium would suffice.


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