Are Crock Pots Dishwasher Safe?
The Crock Pot is an essential tool in many modern households, providing an easy way to make a delicious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort. But can it go in your dishwasher?
The answer to this question isn’t simple, as it depends largely on what your Crock Pot is made of. Generally, Crock Pots come in one of two varieties. The first is a ceramic-coated Crock Pot, most often seen in the oval or round models. These can generally be put through the dishwasher. The second is the stainless-steel lined Crock Pot, which should not be put in the dishwasher.
In addition to the material type, there are a few other things to consider when deciding if your Crock Pot is dishwasher safe.
- Venting Lids: Depending on the type of Crock Pot you own, it may have a vented lid. If your lid has vents, it should not be put through the dishwasher, but rather hand-washed.
- Gasket: Some Crock Pots have a rubber gasket around the lid that should not be exposed to heat or detergent. This gasket should be hand-washed.
- Heating Element: If your Crock Pot has an exposed heating element, such as in a portable or slow-cooker that can double as a buffet, this should not be put in the dishwasher.
As a general rule of thumb, ceramic-coated Crock Pots without a vented lid or exposed heating element can be safely washed in the dishwasher. All other Crock Pots should be hand-washed.
In either case, it’s a good idea to check your Crock Pot manufacturer’s instructions before washing to make sure you’re following the proper guidelines for the model you own.