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Oct 26, 2011 03:59 PM

Slow Cooker Outdoors

My wife does not like the smell of my slow cooker in the house so this morning I placed my cooker outdoors , plugging it in to an out door socket.Is there a problem with doing this? It is currently 52 degrees in this part of Oregon.

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  1. other than rain, wind or varmints, i guess not. can you use it in the garage?

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I thought of that but she would gripe about too!

    2. If your crockpot isn't out in the elements where moisture will interfere with the crockpot function, the temp outside isn't going to make a difference. Such a shame to me since the kinds of dishes one tends to cook in a crockpot smell like heaven to me.

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      1. re: Terrie H.

        I could not agree more! Thank you!

        1. re: rickd785

          and by the way, rick, what you cookin' in that crockpot? Bet it's great!

          1. re: Val

            It's a pot roast; man oh man!!!!

            1. re: rickd785

              so nice for fall, too...! Do you use wine in it?

            2. re: Val

              Beef broth.What kind of win=e would you recommend?

              1. re: rickd785

                No, broth is great...I was just wondering...pot roast seems to be among the more beloved subjects around here and so many people use a variety of braising liquids, it seems, or combo thereof. ((^_^))

        2. *Technically* they are not certified for outdoor use, and doing so will probably void your warranty, if it is still under warranty (doubtful). Probably some mention of this in the manual, if you can still find it. But who's going to know? Besides us, I mean.

          But yeah, I'm with you and Terrie: one of the best things about a Crock Pot is coming home to the aroma of Pot Roast.

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          1. re: acgold7

            The aroma is great, but smelling it for hours on end gets old for me too. Also, my senses get so infused with the aroma that I find I no longer crave the stuff I'm cooking. I totally sympathize with Rick's wife.

            Also, not sure how old she is, but if she tends to be sensitive to strong smells in general, she may have a weak or congested liver.

            Either way, not something she can control, so try not to take it personally. :)

          2. Please be sure to plug it into an outlet with GFI (GFCI). Most modern outdoor outlets have this protection. It protects you if there is some kind of electrical short.

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