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Crack in the crock of my crock pot

This is a bit tragic. My crock pot has a crack in it.

Can I still use it to make more corned beef briskets or do I need to buy a new one?

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blucola
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Unfortunately the answer is yes. Bacteria can grow in the crack. :/
elaryn
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Good point. I'd only thought of the safety hazard if the contents of the crock leak into the heating element, but you're right.
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
I never even knew about that :(
grendel1097
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
(shrug) you can try, but I don't know if I would want to play Russian roulette with a meal like that.


It really depends on what you mean by "a crack"; is it a chip, or a more serious fissure?
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
there's a crack starting in the top and going down. A thin little thing.

It sucks. I tried making brisket the other day but I don't want to do it again and risk a crock pot explosion
grendel1097
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
(nods).. you know, peace of mind isn't all that expensive. I didn't think of the bacteria possibility, either.
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polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
awww. maybe ebay has some inexpensive stoneware.
elaryn
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Me, I'd get a new one. With the crack, I don't think it's safe to use anymore. :( The good news is that new ones are reasonable.
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Yay! Death.

I am so dismayed. I wanted to make another corned beef brisket soon. I reckon I'll try to buy a new crock on the site.
estherchaya
Mar. 25th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I know this is crazy talk - but corned beef brisket CAN be made on a stove top. (not that it's nearly as convenient - but you pretty much put it in simmering water for 3 hours, so you can certainly be doing other things while it's cooking away)
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
does it turn out as tender though? The crock pot makes it so melt int he mouth good if I can find the right brisket with the right amount of fat marbling all point cut and stuff.
estherchaya
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yes - if you simmer it over low heat for hours and hours, it is incredibly tender. People have been making corned beef brisket far longer than crock pots have existed.
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
ok. I'll try it like that. And then add the cabbage later. It's how I used to cook corned beef the first time I had corned beef.

How many hours though? More than 3?
estherchaya
Mar. 25th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
I bring it to a boil (with peppercorns, etc.) then turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Simmer for at least 3 hours - you'll be able to tell if it's tender enough by poking it with a fork. The length of time it'll take to cook and be tender depends a lot on how big the brisket it, how big your pot is (and what material the pot is made of), etc. I've never really felt like it's tender well before 3 hours, but some take longer than others, so who knows.

at the end of it's cooking time, put the cabbage in and cook until done.

Obviously this is SLIGHTLY more work than throwing it all in a crock pot - but it's still a relatively simple dish to prepare without the crock pot.
polygonia
Mar. 26th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
I cooked it old skool, usually I leave out the peppercorns and stuff. It turned out good. Tender. Less salty than using a crock pot. I think it depends on the brisket and how much fat marbling it has too.

The cabbage has to finish cooking though.
lunanoir
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
What kind of crockpot is it? I have an extra crock for mine...
polygonia
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Really? It's one of those SCV401-TR red fellows.

I just cannot go back to cooking corned beef the regular way. A crock pot is essential!
lunanoir
Mar. 25th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, sorry, mine's a 6qt oval.

I got the extra crock when my friend's same model died, but I find that I don't use it.

Though, you could check thrift stores.
gwenyvere4
Mar. 25th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Pour one out for the crock pot. If you use it and it splits, it could start an electrical fire when what's IN the crock hits the elements.

Walmart and Target have great prices on crockpots.
reignofjade
Mar. 25th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
You seriously had me going for a moment. I thought you were admitting to illegally cooking crack in your crockpot on livejournal.

Then I realized my mistake. Then I realized I need to go back to bed and sleep for a few more hours.
lbmango
Mar. 25th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, I was either going to say "You shouldn't be cooking crack in your crock!"

or, "What kind of crackpot are you?"

But then decided that it was too early in the morning for such bad jokes B-)
hausfrauatu
Mar. 25th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I got a new crock liner at a thrift store. for $2. I would worry less about bacteria and more about catastrophic failure. What a mess!
ursy_ten
Mar. 25th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
It might be ok in a pinch (like, temporarily) if you used one of those crock pot liner bags? Just a thought.
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