Slow Cooker FAQ 2017-03-22T18:46:55+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

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Slow Cooker FAQ

  1. If a recipe recommends using a Slow Cooker on LOW, what temperature should I use on the Brod & Taylor Slow Cooker?
  2. If a recipe recommends using a Slow Cooker on HIGH, what temperature should I use on the Brod & Taylor Slow Cooker?
  3. About Slow Cooking Temperature:
  4. What are the other temperature settings for?
  5. Why isn’t my pot hot?
  6. How is the FP-101 different from the FP-105?
  7. What kind of pot should I use for slow cooking?
  8. Can I use ceramic crocks or ramekins in the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker?
  9. How long can I leave food in the slow cooker?
  10. Is there a “stay warm” temperature?
  11. Can I take the sides off and use it as a heating plate for keeping foods warm at potlucks?
  12. I want to use the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker for a non-Brod & Taylor recipe. How do I convert settings and times?
  13. Do I have to add liquid to the pot?
  14. Can I cook overnight?
  15. Can frozen food be placed in the Folding Slow Cooker?
  16. I spilled food all over the bottom of the slow cooker—how do I clean it up?

1. If a recipe recommends using a Slow Cooker on LOW, what temperature should I use on the Brod & Taylor Slow Cooker?

Set to 195 °F / 90 °C. See “About Slow Cooking Temperature” for more information.

2. If a recipe recommends using a Slow Cooker on HIGH, what temperature should I use on the Brod & Taylor Slow Cooker?

Set to 195 °F / 90 °C. See “About Slow Cooking Temperature” for more information. The Brod & Taylor Slow Cooker will hold food at a maximum temperature of 195 – 200 °F / 90 – 93 °C. If you want to simmer or boil to reduce liquid after slow cooking, move the pot to a stove top.

3. About Slow Cooking Temperature:

Comparing temperature settings on The Folding Proofer and Slow Cooker to a traditional slow cooker requires some explanation. Most conventional slow cookers (typically with only Low and High settings) actually have no temperature control at all. They heat slowly and continuously until the maximum temperature is reached – usually boiling. This means for much of the time you are slow cooking, your food is actually below or above the actual ideal cooking temperature. With many slow cookers Low and High settings are actually identical. Certain “multi-cooker” appliances with a slow cook function do have temperature control, although performance varies greatly between brands and there is no universal standard for Low or High setting.

Our Folding Slow Cooker uses calibrated temperature control to maintain the selected temperature. You can choose the ideal cooking temperature for your recipe without worrying about over-cooking your food. Temperature settings are most accurate using a stainless steel pot with a flat bottom, but most any type of metal pot can be used. What kind of pot should I use for slow cooking?

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4. What are the other temperature settings for?

Different types of food are best cooked at different temperatures. Consult our RECIPES & HOW-TO for additional guidelines. In general, inexpensive cuts of meat like pork butt or shoulder, benefit from higher temperatures to become tender and should be cooked at 195 °F / 90 °C for an extended time. Chicken is best cooked at lower temperatures to maintain moistness. Other possibilities for lower temperatures include slow roasting black garlic at 140 °F / 60 °C or sous-vide cooking in water.

5. Why isn’t my pot hot?

Make sure that you have removed the rack from your Proofer. The pot must sit directly on the aluminum heating base plate. Food temperature in the pot will vary somewhat depending on the type of pot. Temperature settings are most accurate using a stainless steel pot with a thick base and flat bottom. See What kind of pot should I use for slow cooking?

6. How is the FP-101 different from the FP-105?

Folding Proofer (FP-101): This model has no specific settings for slow cooking. However, most Proofers can still be used for slow cooking by setting the temperature to 120 °F / 49 °C and placing a covered cooking pot directly on the heating base plate. This will be equivalent to the FP-105 in Slow Cook mode with temperature the set at 195 °F / 90 °C.

Folding Proofer and Slow Cooker (FP-105): This model has two temperature modes: Proofer and Slow Cook. The digital display changes to indicate the set temperature for the selected mode. In Proofer mode, food items should always be placed on the rack. In Slow Cook mode, the cooking pot must be place directly on the heating base plate.

Folding Proofer model FP-101 Temperature Setting Cross-Reference Chart

An approximate cross reference guide for using the original Folding Proofer as a slow cooker is provided below. To achieve the temperature in the left column, set the Proofer model FP-101 to the setting in the right column.

Desired Temp            FP-101 Use this Setting
195 °F / 90 °C        =      120 °F / 49 °C
185 °F / 85 °C        =      118 °F / 48 °C
175 °F / 80 °C        =      114 °F / 46 °C
165 °F / 75 °C        =      110 °F / 43 °C
140 °F / 60 °C       =      102 °F / 39 °C
110 °F / 43 °C        =       85 °F / 29 °C

7. What kind of pot should I use for slow cooking?

Temperature settings will be most accurate using a stainless steel pot with a thick flat base. The best choice will have some type of heat conductive metal in the base such as aluminum. All Clad ™ stockpots are among our favorites, but there are many other brands. It is possible to use cast iron Dutch ovens, either bare or porcelain coated, but these pots may be 10-15 °F / 5-8 °C below the temperature setting at the highest temperatures. To achieve the highest temperature in a cast iron Dutch oven wrap it in a single layer of aluminum foil to greatly reduce its heat loss. Porcelain enameled cast iron Dutch ovens will get as hot as stainless steel pots if they are wrapped in aluminum foil.

The photographs above are of the same pot. The one on the right was taken with an infrared camera. In this photo on the right side of the pot, where there is no aluminum foil wrap, you can see tremendous emissivity of thermal heat (thermal heat energy loss). When using a recipe where a high temperature of 195 °F / 90 °C is indicated (as in pork recipes), wrapping an enamel-coated cast iron pot or a cast iron & glass-top pot with one layer of foil on the sides and pot lid will allow the internal temperature of the pot to rise. If the temperature is set to 195 °F / 90 °C the Proofer & Slow Cooker will not allow the internal contents of the food to rise above 195 °F /90 °C.

foil wrapped red pot
One easy method is to place 2 pieces of foil on a flat surface with the pot in the middle and then wrap to cover the pot and lid.

8. Can I use ceramic crocks or ramekins in the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker?

Slow cooking should always be done in a metal pot. Ceramic crocks and ramekins do not conduct heat well and will not reach the temperature set point.

9. How long can I leave food in the slow cooker?

There is no specific limit on how long the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker may be run. Most slow cook recipes will take a maximum of 10-12 hours. Slow roasting black garlic will take up to four weeks at 140 °F / 60 °F. The Folding Proofer original model FP-101 can also be operated for weeks and months at a time.

10. Is there a “stay warm” temperature?

You may reduce the temperature setting to 160 °F / 71 °C to safely hold food at a warm temperature. As an extra precaution, we suggest that you double check the temperature of the food to ensure that it is above 150 °F / 66 °C. Always keep a tight fitting lid on your cooking pot inside the closed Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker.

11. Can I take the sides off and use it as a heating plate for keeping foods warm at potlucks?

The top and sides may be removed to use the Proofer & Slow Cooker as a warming tray. Do not remove the sides until they are folded towards the back of the Proofer. Then lift up and release the folded sides from the rear hinge. Also remove the rack and water tray. Removing the pot lid may allow food to cool below the Proofer set point.

12. I want to use the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker for a non-Brod & Taylor recipe. How do I convert settings and times?

Use the same times recommended for cooking on LOW in a conventional slow cooker.

13. Do I have to add liquid to the pot?

Slow cooking is normally done with some liquid in the pot. However, in certain recipes, liquid comes mainly from the meat as it begins to cook. Consult the specific recipe for details.

14. Can I cook overnight?

The Folding Proofer & Slow cooker is approved for unattended use and can be used overnight. Please be sure to follow all safety instructions in the Instruction Manual whenever using this appliance, and especially when it is used unattended.

15. Can frozen food be placed in the Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker?

When slow cooking, food should reach 140 °F / 60 °C in less than 2 hours. For this reason, frozen meat should never be placed directly in a pot for slow cooking. For best results and increased food safety, we recommend searing thawed meat. Not only does this improve the flavor but also pre-heats the pot you will use for slow cooking.

16. I spilled food all over the bottom of the slow cooker—how do I clean it up?

Do not immerse the base unit in water if the unit becomes soiled, instead use a soft cloth with a bit of water to remove the spill. As a preventative measure before using the Proofer, you can place a piece of aluminum foil on the base plate beneath the pot so that any spill is easy to collect and discard.

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