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Crock Pot Clean Up

Before every Shabbat I make cholent in my gigantic crock pot. Every Saturday night it is incumbent on me to soak the thing for hours until the crud that stuck to the sides is ready to come off. It is not a task I look forward to.

I wanted to make Crock Pot Jambalaya for dinner tonight, so I needed to get my crock pot all cleaned up to cook again, and the cooked in stuff was not loosening as fast as I needed it to.

So I googled and am now trying something new. I cleaned it as best I could. I filled it with water ¾ of the way, with vinegar the other ¼ of the way, and have put it to “cook” on low for 2 hours. Apparently this will make the burnt stuff slide off easily. There is another hour to go and I am hoping this will work.

What are your tips for cleaning your crock pot? Some have suggested those liners, but my crock pot is too big, a friend also suggested using a roasting bag instead…Any other tips?


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Kosher Jambalaya in the Crockpot


2 lb. diced, boneless chicken breasts (you could also used cooked chicken from a chicken soup)

3 polish beef sausages/kielbasa, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

1 red/green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped / or garlic powder – 2 tsps

Small can tomato paste

Large can diced tomatoes (I leave these out as someone has an aversion to tomatoes. I just use a large can of tomato sauce)

3-4 cups chicken stock / beef stock

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 bay leaves

A scootch of Tabasco sauce

2 cups rice


Throw everything except the rice together in the crock pot. Cook for seven hours on low. About 2 hours before you plan to serve it add the cooked rice.

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