The answer to the question – can you put a crockpot in the fridge is kind of mixed. First of all, you can’t keep a whole crock pot in a fridge. But you can put the inner pot of the crockpot in the fridge. Again, you can’t directly put it into the fridge right after finishing cooking. You must bring it to room temperature to keep it in the fridge.
A bit confusing right? No worries, I’ve discussed everything in detail in this article with proper reasons and solutions. So, keep on reading till the end.
Can You Put a Whole Crockpot in the Fridge
Here the answer is a direct No. You can’t put a whole crockpot in the fridge because it can cause the electrical components of the cooker to get wet.
The components include wirings, boards, and connectors. When they get wet and the next time you turn on the crockpot, the crockpot can completely get damaged. It can even cause a fire. Even it is possible to fire up inside the fridge without getting the crockpot powered on.
Can you put the Inner Pot of the Slow Cooker in the Fridge?
Yes, you can keep the inner pot of the slow cooker in the fridge. Because it is generally made of ceramic or such material that is safe to refrigerate. However, there is one condition. You can’t put it into the fridge before cooling it down to room temperature. If the temperature of the inner pot is okay then it is safe to freeze the pot.
What If I Put a Warm Crockpot into the Fridge
I’ve already mentioned if you put the whole crockpot in the fridge it will get destroyed. No matter it’s hot or cool,
Now the question is can I put a warm crock pot in the fridge? The answer is a direct NO again. But why?
If you put a hot or warm inner pot in the fridge the ceramic dish will disintegrate and crack.
You may be thinking of a scientific reason behind this. Well if you do so the pot will accumulate water crystals inside the little pores of the container. And it will cause long-term damage to the pot. Even if it remains okay, it won’t work efficiently.
How to Safely Store a Crockpot in the Fridge
Below I’ll show the steps on how you can safely put a crockpot in the fridge.
- First, remove the inner pot of the cooker from the electric base.
- Next, wait until the food cools down to room temperature. It generally takes 2-3 hours.
- When the temperature is okay, take off the glass lid to seal the pot.
- Now get the inner pot and put it into the refrigerator.
- Now you can keep the pot in the refrigerator overnight or as long as you need.
You are done but there is a warning before you get it back into the crockpot. When you take it off the fridge, you can’t directly put it into the crockpot. Let’s see what you should do.
- When you take it out of the fridge let it get to room temperature from the cold temperature.
- When you feel the temperature is good then you can set the inner pot inside the electric base.
As a crockpot user you might have a related question – can you put aluminum foil in a crockpot? To check the answer go to the link.
By now I think you’ve understood whether can you put a crockpot in the fridge or not.
The answer is positive only if you maintain certain rules. However, I’ve also explained a whole segment on explaining the right way of storing crock pots in the fridge. That’s all for today.