What are these liners made of? I won't use plastic to cook my food in....
Greasing the crock insert around the top of the food level would not add a lot of extra calories (not like greasing the whole pot) because you would use so little (use a healthy oil instead of lard or "grease" .......) and it would help with the clean-up...
I have hard water, so it makes for easier clean up if I do oil or grease my crock pot, especially where the fluid line will be. It only takes a very small amount of oil. I often use coconut oil, olive oil.
It's such a small amount it really doesn't amount to any calories. Like 1/4 teaspoon or less. It really makes cleaning my crock much easier. I do it every single time I use my crockpot.
I don't care for the cooking bags at all and feel it's a needless expense.
It's unneccessary fat, unneccessary calorie increase, to grease a crockpot.
I always skip it when recipes (usually really old ones) call for greasing it.
I also don't use the liners, because (1) I'm too frugal to buy them, and (2) not really enthused about my food I ingest in direct contact with hot plastic for long periods of time.
I usually don't make super sticky recipes in my crockpot. I don't find it hard to clean. The last time I had a hard to clean one was so many years ago I don't remember the details. However the remedy was easy: I filled it with warm soapy water and turned it on high for a couple hours. Cleaned up super easy.
Hmmm. I made stuffing and turkey and the recipe said to spray the crockpot to grease it and I did. Same with the breakfast casserole I made today - said to spray the crockpot. Hmm - I wonder what happens in these recipes if I didn't spray it.
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