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question about glaze of crockpot

I looked up various tags, and I couldn't find an answer to my question.
I took a crockpot of chili to work, and I didn't realize someone used a metal spoon to serve the chili.
My crockpot has a black glaze.
I just noticed that there are tiny chips all around the bottom of the pot (it's evident that it's from stirring a metal spoon in there).

My question is this: is it still okay to use a chipped up crockpot (chipped up glaze)?
Is there anything I can do to remedy this?

Thanks in advance!

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ad_kay
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Dang, that sucks
Hm, you might want to contact the manufacturer to ask their advice. I'm not very optimistic. I think once the pot has been damaged like that, it may be likely that the glaze will continue to chip off. You might be OK with using a crockpot liner as long as no hairline cracks appear.

It would be nice if your company would use petty cash or ask peeps to chip in a couple bucks apiece to reimburse you. You shouldn't be stuck with replacement cost just bc one of your coworkers is a moron and doesn't have the sense God gave a goose.
brittdreams
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: Dang, that sucks
+1. See if your coworkers will chip in for a replacement and, if not, replace it yourself. :/ Sorry OP!
slave_stasha
Feb. 26th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Dang, that sucks
I agree! They broke it they should replace it!
athenaps
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Honestly, it's not so much the glaze or the material of the crock pot you need to worry about. It's liquid getting into the material of the crock and expanding/contracting when cooking.

I'd look at getting a new one, especially when a really nice and new crock with timers and everything is less than $50.
mokonekochans
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I bought a crockpot once- and it had a chip in it when I got it. I returned it- obviously because I wanted one without a chip- but for these reasons too

The chips will get in you food if it continues.
If its bad enough,and the whole glaze chipped off- I'd be worried about it cracking- or bacteria growing.
von_holmes
Feb. 26th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
I thought about asking for a reimbursement, but I work for the government. Need I say more? (Even my co-workers complain about their lack of money)....
I will probably see about getting a new one. This just really bites, though! I've had this for nearly 6-7 years!
slave_stasha
Feb. 26th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I know how that feels! I really really love my old crock but it is getting time to replace it (the heating elements aren't doing their job as well as they could be) and the thought just makes me sad because that means having to get used to a new one.
juliamac
Feb. 26th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I own a paint-your-own pottery shop (like a Color Me Mine, only not a franchise) so I'll throw in my two cents.

Your crock is made of high-fire stoneware. It is glazed, but it doesn't have to be to be food safe and usable. In other words, even if the glaze wasn't on there, it would still do it's job and hold water, but would be more likely to stain and harder to clean (you could still clean it and make it sanitary, but it would be more work).

My bigger concern is that they hit it so hard that it a hairline crack developed. I can't tell you if it does or doesn't without looking at it. But if it does, the repeated heating and cooling will eventually widen that crack and eventually it will break. Bummer.

As for the chipping - again, without seeing it, I can't tell you if it will continue or not. Just like we have plates chip, and sometimes they chip more and sometimes they don't.

Unfortunately, there isn't a one-size-fits-all glazing and firing method, so taking it to a paint-your-own pottery shop to have it touched up and refired isn't an option. We operate with low-fire earthenware, and high-fire stoneware has so many different variables, we couldn't even begin to guess.

My solution would be to use crockpot liners and continue to use the crock. Well, I'd use them anyway because I hate heavy clean-up and I think they make life easier. And bring my own serving spoons the next time I take it anywhere :-)

Sorry it got chipped.

(wow that ended up being long - sorry!)
jirel
Feb. 26th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Cool answer and lots of info. Thanks
von_holmes
Feb. 27th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
thanks for all of this info! my husband and i thought it was super dried-on food, and i had to think about what i used it for previously (since the "dried on food" wasn't coming off)...i should have taken a plastic spoon with me, but you know how things are when you are rushed.
it was a gift to me 6-7 years ago, and i know i've gotten a lot of use out of it. it just makes me sad!
rhodielady_47
Feb. 26th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'm also into ceramics, and I agree your crockpot is still usable (for a while longer anyway) as long as you use a liner. You'll have to use a liner for safety's sake--the last thing you want to have happen is for liquid to leak through to the element.

Chances are good the damage happened because no one remembered to turn the crockpot off before it completely emptied out (and thus got too hot) or someone poured cold water into pot while it was still hot.
:(

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