With all the news surrounding illnesses caused by undercooked meat and poultry, it is no wonder that people are concerned about their cooking methods. And since many frugal families are using their slow cookers, it is worth considering how safe your slow cooker is.
Was your slow cooker handed down, bought second hand, or simply one you have had for years and years? If so, it is worth testing the temperature in your slow cooker to ensure it is safely bringing your food to the temperature needed to kill certain bacteria that can thrive in undercooked ground beef and poultry.
Fortunately, it is easy to test the temperature. All you need is a day to “cook” hot water in your slow cooker for 8 hours. All the specifics on testing your slow cooker’s temperature is found here. The downside is if your slow cooker is reaching the “safe cooking temperature” of 185F in the eight hours, your slow cooker will need replacing.