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WasabiWithYou

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Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:38:28 PM »
How long can one safely keep a meat dish in a crock-pot on the "keep warm" setting?

ETA BG: FH and I have a guest arriving Wednesday around dinner time, but I have a prior commitment which will prevent me from arriving home until about 8:15 pm. If I begin a recipe with 7-8 hour cook time at 9:00 am (as I am leaving for work) it will finish cooking around 5:00. Guest is set to arrive between 5:30 to 6:00, and FH will be home to greet him/have dinner. But as I said, I won't be home until later... and I wonder if I should tell FH to put my portion into the fridge until I come home, or just leave it in the crock-pot on "keep warm?"
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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 12:53:08 PM »
Are you talking about food safety and edibility or electrical/fire safety?

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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 01:04:53 PM »
Are you talking about food safety and edibility or electrical/fire safety?

Eh... all of the above? :) But mostly food safety/edibility. Someone will be home keeping an eye on it it, so I am not so worried about electrical/fire safety.
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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 01:07:46 PM »
I leave my crockpot running all day or all night without checking on it. My taco meat takes about 12 hours to cook down.

I think they're all relatively safe and were made to be left alone. Hence why there's all the recipes telling you to throw it in the crockpot before you leave for work.

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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 01:18:17 PM »
If it's fully cooked, it should be relatively safe.  I'd have him put yourp ortion in the fridge however. 
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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 03:04:43 PM »
I think it depends on what the food is.   If it is a stew or soup, it will be fine on keep warm.  If it is something that will dry out, then I would put it in the fridge and reheat. 

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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 04:54:46 PM »
It's a stew, so not prone to dry out. Nonetheless, I think I'll just ask FH put my portion into the fridge, and I'll just heat it up when I get home. Thanks, all!  :)

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Re: Using the "Keep Warm" setting on a crock-pot? What is safe?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 05:05:46 PM »
It's a stew, so not prone to dry out. Nonetheless, I think I'll just ask FH put my portion into the fridge, and I'll just heat it up when I get home. Thanks, all!  :)

"Danger" temperatures for food are between 40oF and 140oF.  If it can maintain 140, you're fine.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/Danger_Zone/index.asp