As a Food Safety Educator, I would be remiss if I didn't remind everyone that cooking frozen foods in the slow cooker is very dangerous. Bacteria like warm moist places to grow and require higher heat to kill them. By cooking frozen foods in a slow cooker, on either low or high, bacteria has a perfect growing medium. The slow cooker will not get hot enough to kill the large number of bacteria that has grown on the food. This puts young children, pregnant women, people over 60, and anyone with a compromised immune system (chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, lupus, HIV, AIDS) at a high risk of contracting a food borne illness. A food borne illness may be as little as an upset stomach for a few hours or as much as death, depending on the bacteria and the health of the person eating it. Used as intended, a slow cooker is very safe to use.
Here are guidelines for slow cooker safety.
Enjoy those home-cooked meals safely!
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