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kcarskc 05-08-2003 03:08 AM

Crock Sputters
Does anyone have a solution for the water bubbling out of the lid of the crock pot? Mine spits and sputters terribly. I have tried wiping away the liquid around the rim but it always comes back, not to mention the heat loss for opening the lid. Yesterday I only had a few pork ribs in the pot so I turned the lid upside down so all the built-up moisture runs down toward the center of the pot and that worked...but only because the pot wasn't full. My small crock pot does the same thing. Do you have any ideas for me?

ldyroper 05-21-2003 12:30 PM

what I do
I drape a kitchen towel over the top of my crockpot. No steam, no sputters!!

Jeannie 05-24-2003 10:13 AM

What brand are you using.. and how big is it......? and it could also be that the crockpot is too small for the recipe... I've never had that problem...and I have 3 different sized pots....

Petunia 05-24-2003 10:38 AM

We have three different crock pots and have never had that happen. It sounds like you either have to much food in it or too much liquid and you need to adjust the recipe.
Happy safe bubbling!
Petunia :heart: :*

o'sure 05-24-2003 11:51 AM

When ever I cook anything that I think will "boil over" I put a dab of butter in the pot. Others tell me that a teaspoon of cooking oil will do the same. It does work.

momofjems 05-24-2003 11:51 AM

You also might want to cut down on the amount of liquid you put in and also maybe your heat is up too high?
Happy crocking!!! If you have some wonderful easy recipes, please share. Right now, dh does most of the cooking, but on the weekends if I had an easy recipe that I didn't have to do alot of standing, I could probably be talked into cooking ;-)

ishadow 05-24-2003 01:12 PM

Has anyone mentioned waging a toothpick or 2 between the lid and pot?? Just on one side maybe spaced a few inches apart- a "gap" will be there but won't compromise the heat too much but still allow some steam to escape.

I would also tend to agree with the others suggesting that you might be putting too much liquid in it or have it too hot.

Good luck and let us know which suggestions work best...Karen L

Trixie 05-25-2003 12:20 PM

My little crock pot does that too. I keep one plugged in all the time with a few inches of water in it to warm bottles. It's a 1 1/2 qt., I think. I have to wipe the rim all the time, otherwise it rattles around.

juliebelle 05-26-2003 07:28 PM

My crock doesn't have that problem, but I read somewhere to put foil around the lid. I do that and don't have any water. You might try it!


GRANDMAANGEL 05-27-2003 06:34 AM

I have had that problem. Although "wedging" toothpicks or something under the lid will solve it, it will also cause loss of heat. My solution was to place a bowl or cup (inverted) on the top of the lid to weight it down. That keeps all the juices and heat inside. Hope it helps.

Sheryllynn44 05-28-2003 09:23 AM

I had the same problem. I found it's because the crock pot manufacturers are using plastic lids instead of the glass, like the old crock pots had. The heavy glass lids do not allow the steam to lift them up. You can pick-up a lid at thrift stores or garage sales that are glass and I do believe it will solve your problem. You may also want to try your glass corning ware casserole lids and see if they fit. Good luck

nagymom 05-28-2003 10:43 AM

Wow--some great solutions listed here. I have an oval crock with glass lid as well as the slow cooker (small, sits on a heated base) with plastic lid. It doesn't fit tight so I will remember a couple of these.


kcarskc 05-29-2003 02:52 AM

Thanks for the tips everyone! My two crocks are 5 qt and 1 1/2 qt? both with glass lids. I think you're probably right that there is too much liquid. I always add water and soup about half way up the roast and then there's the runoff added to that. Last week I cooked beef tips and tried the towel idea and IT WORKED! I think the teenager thought I was trying to hide the food tho' :)
Sorry, no recipes, I just dump and run. Usually brown pork ribs and then add cream soup, or roast and onion soup. I have many collected recipes for the crock just need to retrain myself to try them. There's a website for nothing but crock pot. I'm thinking it may be or, something like that. I will check into it and try to post the correct one if someone else doesn't first.
Thanks again for the replies!

kcarskc 05-29-2003 02:57 AM

It was but a search will give you many others also.

momofjems 06-01-2003 07:51 PM

Thanks for posting the web site. My sis gave my dh a crock pot for Christmas, I think I'll go check it out and get him something new to try. Getting tired of chicken breasts cooked the same way. Oh well, should be grateful that he does most of the cooking.

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