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12/27/09 1:19 P

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I often prepare everything the night before and add to the ceramic dish. I just make sure to remove it from the fridge as soon as I get up. It takes me about an hour to get ready for work, so I turn it on when I leave... The dish has had a chance to warm up a bit, but the food is still cool.

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10/21/09 9:16 A

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I typically prep everything the night before and put in other dishes, then just dump together in the morning. Typically takes less than 3 minutes.

One of my crock pots has a metal cooking pot, and that one does go from fridge to cooking, but only at a medium temp.

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9/24/09 8:07 A

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I do it all the time but I know it's best not to. So far so good, though.

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8/7/09 9:39 P

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I've done it lots of times. The main reason I don;t do it more often is how much room it takes up in the fridge.
If you take it out of the fridge as soon as you get up and let it stand at room temp for 20-30 minutes, and if you turn the croclpot on low (never high!) after the insert has been put in, it will heat up so slowly that your risk of cracking it is pretty slim.
You might need to add an hour to the cooking time. In fact it may help to avoid overcooking and drying out if you are making a dish where that can be a problem.

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7/31/09 3:28 P

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I was always told not to put the crockpot into the refrigerator and then heat it up because it can cause it to crack. The best thing is to put it in another container and then dump it into the crockpot in the morning.

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7/31/09 12:34 P

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I have a 6 qt Rival blue & white round crock pot. For that particular one, putting the crock in fridge works fine, I've done it more times than not.

Every slow cooker is different. What if it cracked the crock due to heat/cold difference? That would be awful. Especially if you were out of the house when it happened . . . Best to err on the side of safety. You could test it while home, too.



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I would get it all ready the night before and leave in another container and just put it all in the crockpot in the morning.

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7/31/09 11:15 A

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I'm not sure about leaving it in the fridge overnight, I personally wouldn't, my idea is that it could damage the pot over time. Going from one extreme to another. Is it possible to mix the ingredients in a bowl then put in the crockpot? hope this helps, Have a great weekend, Heather

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Hello! While the Crock Pot is extremely easy to use for the most part, there are a couple of recipes that I would like to try out but require a little bit more prep time as far as mixing all of the ingredients together and handling meats in the morning. My question is, is it safe to prepare the crock pot with the ingredients the night before in the actual crock pot dish and store in the refrigerator? (I have the crock pot that has the pull out cooking unit for easy cleaning in the dishwasher). I was just wondering if going from extreme cold to hot would affect the cooking time at all.

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