How do use a slow-cooker without a lid?


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If your slow cooker doesn't have a lid, use a lid of a similar size and shape from another piece of cookware as a substitute, or create a make-shift lid using a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Never attempt to use a slow cooker without a lid, as the low cooking temperatures allow heat to escape easily from the open cooker. This can lengthen cooking time, interfere with recipes and increase the risk of food-borne illness.

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Check different pan and cookware lids from your collection to find one that fits snugly on the slow cooker and prevents steam from escaping. For a tighter fit, cut a ring of aluminum foil at least as wide as the mouth of the slow cooker, and crimp it along the edges. To avoid burns, do this while the machine is still cool. If you can't find a cookware lid with a proper fit, look for a heat-proof serving platter or plate. A final alternative is to cut two large sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, folding them to match the size of the opening.

Before preparing food, wash the basin of any slow cooker that has been resting without a lid, as it may have accumulated dust and debris. Prepare the recipe as you normally would, and use an oven mitt to remove the make-shift slow cooker lid, to avoid burns.

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