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Last post Mon, Nov 30 2009 11:46 AM by gayla50. 14 replies.
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  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 11:50 AM

    • Pat
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    Frugal crockpot liners?

    This question from a reader:

    I am wondering if any of the readers have a frugal idea to replace those
    expensive crock pot liners?   I try to make something in the crock pot
    once a week, to eliminate those meals on the run.
    The liners make clean up a breeze, but are expensive and just add to the
    plastic in the land fill.  Does any one have a frugal or environmentally
    friendly solution?  I have noticed that frugal and environmentally
    friendly seem to go together most of the time.
    Thanks!

    Any ideas?

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  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 12:04 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    I've never used a crockpot liner, but I spray the inside of my crockpot with cooking spray, and that helps keep food from sticking.

    Stacie

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  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 12:11 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    Same here - I use spray. Since liners may be made from a particular substance I would hesitate to substitute something that wasn't made for crock pots or cooking. Today our local ABC News Affiliate is doing a story on BPA that is found in all plastics and containers.
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  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 1:40 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    I also use cooking spray.  When the crock is empty, I put it in the sink with detergent and hot water and let it sit for a bit.  That makes cleanup much easier.

    Mary

  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 2:49 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    Spray is the best IMHO.  I've used the liners, but I think they're too expensive.  Some people worry about using the sprays, but you can always buy a refillable pump type bottle and fill it with canola oil for the same thing.
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  • Tue, Nov 3 2009 3:02 PM In reply to

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    I do like the liners but won't buy them b/c of the cost and extra waste for the landfill. I first tried them after my mom put a box in my christmas stocking, LOL. But after scrubbing out my crock pot just this noon, I do need to spray my crock before using it. I did let it soak overnight so not a bad clean up but spraying would have saved me a bit of time.

    Erika
  • Sun, Nov 15 2009 6:37 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    Until I read this, I had no idea there was such a thing as a Crock-Pot liner--and even now that I know they exist, I can't say I see any need for them.  I've never found cleaning the crock to be all that difficult.  Just soak it in some hot water with a squirt of soap, and then wipe it out.  Simple.

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  • Sun, Nov 15 2009 6:50 PM In reply to

    • Lee
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    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    Hi everyone,

    I have an old West Bend crock pot that I got as a wedding gift 27 years ago and unfortunately its doesn't have a non stick surface and I tried cooking spray and it never worked.  It was always a hassle to clean so I reluctantly put it away years ago until someone told me about the liners.  I really like this crock pot and its the only one I use the liners in.  My Rival crock pot is fine with just a spritz of cooking spray. 

  • Tue, Nov 17 2009 7:50 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    I'm just now getting around to clipping coupons from the inserts in the Sunday paper, and found one for oven roasting bags, to put a turkey in. I got to wondering if that would be a good substitute for crockpot liners. i have no idea if they are cheaper or not though. Other than that, I have no idea. Maybe a sheet of aluminum foil from one of those really long rolls, could be molded to fit inside the crock? 

    I also use the nonstick sprays inside my crockpot.. it's not nonstick either.  I haven't seen a crockpot with a teflon coating, but would sure buy one.

    If I'm making something like rice that I know will stick, I will rub the inside with some plain old butter. Does a better job than the spray or so it seems. But if I'm doing a beef roast or something like that, as long as there is plenty of liquid in there, it doesn't stick other than a bit around the rim. Again, a good soak with a squirt of dish liquid works on that.

  • Tue, Nov 17 2009 9:51 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal crockpot liners?

    Cheryl:

    I'm just now getting around to clipping coupons from the inserts in the Sunday paper, and found one for oven roasting bags, to put a turkey in. I got to wondering if that would be a good substitute for crockpot liners.

       I'm not sure you could ... I'd checked with Reynolds about using those in a roaster, and they said no, something about not using it in an enclosed area, if I remember right.

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