How to Reheat in a Crock-Pot

By Madison Rayne

The Crock-Pot is an electric slow cooker that uses low heat to cook food over a long period of time. Many people use this kitchen appliance to slowly cook and tenderize pot roasts, stew, soups, meats and vegetables. Since the temperature is slowly raised over a long period of time, food in a Crock-Pot will not reheat safely; therefore, food safety experts don't recommend that you reheat in a Crock-Pot. Fortunately, the removable stoneware is microwave and oven-safe up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to safely reheat food in the Crock-Pot dish.

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Most Crock-Pot stoneware is removable and microwave-safe.

Microwave Reheating

Step 1

Lift the stoneware out of the Crock-Pot, or remove it from the refrigerator. Remove the lid and set it aside.

Step 2

Arrange the food evenly in the dish. Add extra liquid as needed to prevent the food from drying out.

Step 3

Cover the stoneware with plastic wrap. Cut a small slit in the top to allow steam to escape.

Step 4

Place the dish in the microwave. Use one of the pre-programmed functions, or set the desired heating time. Use the 50-percent power setting for dishes with large chunks of meat.

Step 5

Stir the food halfway through cooking to eliminate cold spots.

Oven Reheating

Step 6

Preheat the oven to the desired temperature -- up to 390-degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Remove the stoneware from the Crock Pot or refrigerator. Place an oven-safe slow cooker lid on the dish, or cover it with foil.

Step 8

Place the dish directly in the oven. Cook until an oven probe or food thermometer indicates the dish has reached 165-degrees Fahrenheit.