People have discovered and started to appreciate what slow cookers can do for them. Slow cookers have massively continued to find their way in many homes. The magic they inject in cooking is very irresistible. Everything about slow cookers is incredible. There are so many benefits realized. More food can be cooked with less time. There is no need to invest a lot of effort in cooking because the slow cooker does most of the cooking for you. A wide range of slow cookers are available in the market at affordable prices making them accessible to average income earners.
Like any other cooking device, there are a few things to be aware of when using a slow cooker. How a slow cooker is erected on a counter space plays a huge part in facilitating its cooking power. Below are measures to take into account when placing a slow cooker on a kitchen top.
The best counter space is one that is flat and heat safe. The kitchen counter top is the most preferred. The durability of the counter top is also a key concern when placing a slow cooker. The counter top has to be durable enough to resist damage posed by heat produced when using a slow cooker. Before placing the slow cooker on the counter top, any unnecessary items have to be removed. Food packages and kitchen towels have to be kept away to ensure they are not subjected to the heat from the slow cooker. The best slow cooker must be at least six inches away from the walls. Besides, it must be at least six inches clear on all sides.
A slow cooker should not be placed near a sink or open window. For instance, water is likely to form near a sink which is not conducive for a slow cooker. A wet or counter top can cause cracks in the hot ceramic insert of a slow cooker. This is due to sudden exposure to a different temperature setting. Placing a hot ceramic insert on a trivet or hot pad prevents it from cracking.
Steadiness is everything is a slow cooker. Steadiness increases the cooking ability of a slow cooker. Placing a slow cooker on a kitchen counter space does not enhance its steadiness. It is only a preliminary step in developing steadiness. A slow cooker has to be nicely grounded on the counter space chosen. A slight mistake such as a slanted position can totally interfere with the cooking process. A slanted position leads to accumulation of food on one side of the slow cooker causing instability. Uneven distribution of heat occurs leading to under-cooked food. To counteract these challenges, steadily positioning a slow cooker is the best and only solution.
The cord connects a slow cooker to a source of electricity. Prior to turning on the slow cooker, the position of the cord has to be evaluated. Normally, the cord ought to be directly connected to the source of power without any barriers manifesting. A slow cooker’s cord should not be subjected to the weight of the bottom part of a slow cooker. It can easily get damaged. It should also not get stuck on any side of the slow cooker. If the cord touches any heated side of a slow cooker, it will quickly be damaged. It will undermine the cooking process. The cord should not at any time loosely hang at the extreme end of kitchen counter top. Extension cords present complications and can mess up the cooking. It is unwise to use them. They must be placed away from a slow cooker to avoid damage which is not always attainable.
An overcrowded counter space does a lot of injustice to a slow cooker. An overcrowded counter rears many problems and creates barriers affecting the functioning of a slow cooker. A kitchen counter top that is full of many kitchen apparatus does not offer a conducive environment for a slow cooker. The kitchen apparatus can cause injuries, break or get ruined by a slow cooker. They should be stored in the kitchen cabinets to create sufficient space for a slow cooker. Overcrowding is also related to build up of dust particles and other unsuitable materials that can easily find their way into a slow cooker.
In cleaning a slow cooker, the lid, the removable cooking pan and other components have to be removed, cleaned and reinstalled. Each component has to be accorded enough space on the kitchen counter space. When putting the ingredients in the cooking pan, it is unavoidable to first remove it and place it on the kitchen counter space. This clearly shows that adequate space has to be constantly available to save time spent in preparing and cooking food.
A slow cooker is designed in a way that facilitates emission of excess heat. The vent hole on the lid ensures excess steam does not accumulate in a slow cooker affecting its performance. It thus supports proper ventilation in a slow cooker by maintaining accurate movement of heat. The position of the vent hole has an impact on the surrounding walls and surfaces. The vent hole is supposed to be positioned to face the center part of a kitchen. If it is improperly turned, it target the walls and other kitchen surfaces which are not heat safe surfaces. Positing the vent hole at the center of the kitchen prevents a burnt threat to the walls in case it occurs.
A safety space to place a slow cooker is necessary to enhance its safety, your own safety and the safety of other kitchen apparatus. Safety is fully realized when the stability of a slow cooker is realized. Thus, anytime you want to fix meals with the assistance of a slow cooker, carefully examine the space you intend to use. The space has to be inviting. Remember there is so much you can accomplish with a slow cooker. Do not let space be a limiting a factor.