I've seen this scene one too many times: An easy meal (or fruit butter or dessert) in the slow cooker that leaves a not-so-easy cleanup behind. I'm loath to buy disposable plastic liners that just add to the trash. So, what to do to keep the ease of slow cooker cooking flowing right on through clean-up? Keep the slow cooker on!
When you're finished cooking, remove the contents of the slow cooker and fill the insert with water. Make sure water level is high enough to cover any burnt-on rings).
Set the cooker to LOW and let it keep going for a couple of hours. That stubborn, cooked-on residue should come off much easier after this treatment.
How do you make easy work of cleaning your slow cooker?
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