How to Clean Your Slow Cooker
Your slow cooker is among the most versatile tools you have in your kitchen. Whether you're preparing soup, stew, casserole or pasta, your slow cooker comes in contact with many foods and spices each time you use it.
Since your slow cooker sees such frequent use, it's imperative that you learn how to properly clean it - those leftover lasagna bits won't pair well with the beef stew you're planning to serve to your dinner guests.
Depending on the type of slow cooker you have, the cleaning process may differ.
The Original Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker
Before washing, make sure your slow cooker is both unplugged and at room temperature. Introducing a sudden temperature change - such as washing a hot pan with cold water, or a cold pan with hot water - can have a negative impact on the stoneware. Your slow cooker lid can be washed normally, whether you send it through a dishwasher or hand wash it in the sink. For models with removable stoneware, the piece may also be washed in a dishwasher or with hot, soapy water.
As for the exterior of your appliance, use a warm cloth soaked in water and soap. Do not submerge the heating base in water.
Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock™ Slow Cooker
Similar to your manual slow cooker, your Crock-Pot® Casserole Crock™ Slow Cooker has stoneware that can be washed by conventional means, as well as a heating base that should not be covered in water. A gentle sponge or rubber-based scrubber can be used to eliminate tougher food grime from the inside of the stoneware.
Crock-Pot® Digital Slow Cooker with iStir™ Stirring System
Follow the same steps when washing your slow cooker with the iStir™ Stirring System, but take extra care when washing the lid. Remove the stirring attachment before washing the lid, then hand wash it with water and soap. Before placing the glass lid in the dishwasher, remove the electronic component on top.
Crock-Pot® Hook-Up™ Connectable Entertaining System
Disconnect connectable slow cookers before washing them. Wash units individually to ensure each piece is properly cared for. Remove the lids and stoneware from each unit, then wash accordingly. Exterior heating bases should be washed with damp cloths and gentle soaps, staying clear of electrical wires.