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Intrepid_Chef

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So I have a big show coming up. Yesterday I decided to test the recipe in the RockCrok I have used exactly 3 times, at a friend's house where she has an electric stove.

I am so glad I did because it cracked mid-recipe! It made both smoke detectors go off, and burned the bottom of the unit!

I am wondering what did it so this does not happen again at the show. (Which, thank God, is in 3 weeks!)

* Was I wrong to cook on "medium high" for 20 minutes (it cooked for 15 before the crack.)
* Did any grease outside the unit cause "flare up" that would cause this problem

Trying to avoid this at the show!
 

raebates

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Did you start out on low and gradually increase the temperature?

Did you make sure the entire bottom of the RockCrok was covered?

I know that not doing those things can be a problem.
 

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When cooking the sausage ... I tried.

When it actually happened ... I was cooking a layered lasagna where the bottom was covered with sauce and meat.

I think really, we needed to start high and turn down to low.
 

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It's possible that it had a flaw. It is, after all, stoneware.

I often want to start meats on high and turn them down, but the instructions for the RockCrok specifically say to start low for a certain length of time and then increase the heat. I think it even says to increase it gradually.
 

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I am not familiar with how electric stoves work. My friend pre-heated the burner for me ... I should have told her to turn it off. But the problem didn't arise when I was browning the meat. It happened 20 minutes later when I was cooking the lasagna.
 

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Ah, I think I see the problem. I have a gas stove, but I'm familiar with electric stoves. The stove at our church, where I do my Freezer Dinners Done Workshops, is electric. And, no, she should not have pre-heated the burner. I know that's common, but it's a no-no with the RockCrok. My guess is that caused a crack, which continued to expand, unseen, until it finally broke.

Of course, I could be completely wrong. As I've often said, my advice is worth what you pay for it.
 

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My question is why do they have a product that tells folks to start on low and gradually increase the temp? WHO is going to do that?! We can't even get these folks to read the instructions/use & Care guides.
I can understand not putting it on a preheated burner. I never preheat my burner. I put the RC on the burner and turn it on and let it preheat. I have to admit...I don't remember seeing that about the temp in the U&C, but it's been awhile. I only use it now and then (not a favorite product).
 

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I know a lot of people don't read instructions. I'm an inveterate instruction reader, so I don't really understand those people (not a judgment, just an observation). To me it's no different than our cookware, which says not to use it on high, even though lots of people cook on high.
 

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I have to say they were speedy about sending the replacement. Which is good because it arrived in plenty of time for my big show. At that show, I opened it and took it out for the first time. The host immediately discovered a "scratch" or hairline crack in the lid! Off it goes to HO again ...
 

raebates

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Drat! I know that's frustrating.
 

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Good eye, host! Have you asked her about being a consultant?
 

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