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crock pot losing glaze?

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I have a three-year-old Rival oval slow-cooker. I used it last night to make dinner and everything went smoothly (search mutterer's lentils and sausage on the boards, it was great) But after i cleaned and dried the crock the bottom 1/4 is cloudy. When I run my finger across it it doesn't move as smoothly as on the shiny part, there is more friction. Is it possibly that some of the glaze or another coating has come off?

I use it rarely, and always clean it with dish soap, never anything abrasive. Has anyone ever seen this before? Do you think it is safe to use? Thanks

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  1. I have this problem with my crock pot when I cook beans, which I do about twice a week. I have no idea what the cloudiness is. I've noticed that I sometimes get similar areas of cloudiness like this when I cook beans in my Le Creuset pots. Recently I discovered that rubbing the areas with a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar/ 1/2 water cleans up any cloudiness on the Le Creuset pretty well, which would lead me to believe that the cloudiness is indeed some sort of a stain and not an issue with the glaze. I haven't tried this with my crock pot's cloudy areas, though.

    If you try cleaning yours with vinegar, post and let me know if it worked.

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    1. re: paraque

      It worked! Thanks for the tip. The recipe was really lentil-heavy. That must have contributed. I am relieved it was just a film and not some sort of odd damage.
      Thanks!