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Ummm... lid question

OK, so someone below asked the question about needing liquid in their crock pot, but most everyone reassured them that since the lid is on the crockpot, you usually don't need to add liquid since no liquid escapes.

Umm, my crockpot lid has a little vent hole. Therefore, liquid DOES escape from mine. I assumed that all crock pots had a little vent hole.

Is this why my crockpot creations have a tendency to burn/take up less time to cook then they say they do?!

...this would make so much sense to me.

Anyone else have a lid with a vent hole? How do you deal with it?


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Mar. 17th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
mine also has a hole and tends to burn!
I just have to watch it really carefully, which pretty much defeats the purpose
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
LOL, that's what I thought. I have to be home when I use my slow cooker, so I almost never use it, because, WHY should I? I'm home! :D
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I've never had a crockpot with a vent hole, and I've had a LOT of crock pots... possibly all of a lower grade though.

What I HAVE seen vent holes on is Rice cookers. Yours might be a combo/crossover/hybrid/whatever?

I have vent holes in some of my stockpots, but they're closeable depending on if you need to keep it from boiling over, or keep it OMG watertight. ;-)
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
mine has one too - i assumed it was to let off steam as steam is larger than the liquid it used to comprise, and I thought that was why..that and to stop teh lid clattering as its too light to hold it all down.

but come to think of it, a lot of my stuff burns too.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought. That it was, like, a pressure cooker and would keep the whole thing from going explody. :D

I think we've been had!
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Well, bother!

that sucks ;-(
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Mar. 17th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
I totally think I will have to. I need to like cement it up or something.
Mar. 17th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Careful with the kind of cement you use. You don't want chemicals to leach out and poison you (and that adorable little bubba in your icon!)
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
None of mine have ever had vent holes, nor do any rice cookers that I've had. I've been cooking with crock pots since they came out, and I've never seen a vent hole in one.

What brand are they?
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Uhhhh... brand.... I can't recall off the top of my head... It's white and blue. :D I'll have to double-check when I get home.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I have a Hamilton Beach slow cooker and I'm pretty sure mine has a hole. If I knew where the lid was anyway @_@ Didn't know that wasn't normal.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
The nly time I've seen a vent hole on the top of a crockpot is when it was also meant to double as a rice cooker. But yes, this could be contributing to why yours tends to burn. On a normal crock pot, the liquid is sealed in, so it keeps everything damp and lubricated, but if its escaping out of a hole on top, there eventually will be no liquid left, and something has to burn in its place.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
I don't think mine was meant to be a rice cooker too. I don't recall that on the instructions, and in fact I have a separate rice cooker... but you could be right. I have a lot of appliance instruction manuals. :D

GAH, so frustrating. Here I was thinking it was me, that I was doing something wrong, when really, I need to seal the damn hole!
Mar. 17th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Well, what you could do, is add extra water in the beginning of the cooking, or if you're home while you're making something, check on it every hour or half hour, and add any water if needed.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
A vent hole is very unusual.

The lid is supposed to sit in a slight groove, and while things cook, water gathers in the groove creating a seal, keeping all the cooking liquid in. Thus keeping everything moist and not burned.

Try a piece of duct tape?
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
perhaps try a piece of foil under the lid to help create a seal? just laid on there, not wrapped tightly.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
My slow cooker has a small hole in the lid to accommodate the temperature probe that came with the cooker (you can set it for time or internal temperature of your meat, which it will reach and then go to a "keep warm" setting). I've only bothered using the probe a couple of times, and never had a problem with the liquid evaporating unless I left it set on high for a loonngg time.

You could easily plug it up with a bit of crumpled foil or some-such.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Mine is brand spanking new and also has a vent hole. Although I think my vent hole is so that the meat thermometer can go in without opening the lid. My crock is all fancy n stuff. So far I haven't burnt anything, but I think that has more to do with the amount I've cooked (very little) so far.
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
none of mine has a vent hole....
i would think the vent hole would..... welll *contribute* to the drying out/burning problem.. but your crock pot may also be running a bit hot.

see if sealing that hole over helps any...
Mar. 17th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
The hole issue is wholly unfamiliar to me. You might try to use a bake-in-the-bag method (having a big of water in the crock before putting in the bag, so keep hotspots from happening), and tie the bag shut before heating.
Mar. 17th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think there's a difference between a crockpot (no holes) and a slow cooker (which in my experience always has holes in the lids). I'm in Aussie and I'm guessing most of you are in US, but we have two different types .. and often the recipes for the slow cooker have lots more liquid in than the crockpot. I'm wondering if the whole "hole in the lid" is the reason why?

Apart from that, I really don't see much difference between the two. We noticed it because we got both for wedding presents a while back, and it's been interesting to compare the results.
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
In the US at least, the terms slow cooker and crock pot are interchangeable -- Crock Pot is a brand of slow-cooker made by Rival... kinda like the whole Kleenex/tissue thing. YMMV, though. :)
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
i'd suggest wrapping your lid in foil? maybe leave a peep hole section... that sucks, dude. sorry about your vent hole.
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I wish mine had a vent hole; when it gets so much steam built up, the lid starts to wobble from the pressure. I usually end up having to prop a toothpick under the lid to stop it from doing that. my mom has a real nice crockpot that has a tiny vent hole. It keeps enough steam inside but doesn't build pressure either. Maybe your vent hole is too big? You could try blocking half of it off with electricians tape. Just an idea.
Mar. 18th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Mine has a hole for the probe thermometer as well...but I never have a problem wiht burning or drying out.

This is strange.
Mar. 18th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Is yours metal or ceramic? There are metal ones that are meant to be more versatile, so you can sear meat on the stove and then put it on low all day without making more dishes. They don't work quite as well as crock pots, though.
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