It’s so obvious. So why didn’t I think of this genius no-stick crock pot solution before?
Though I’ve always used a slow-cooker liner in my Crock Pot, I never found it faultless. Even the premium brands. I find it difficult to remove the actual pot from the base, and then when I want to get rid of the cholent, it’s difficult to pull the whole liner out of the Crock Pot with no mess at all.
Of course, it’s infinitely easier than cleaning the Crock Pot without a liner, but I’m not going there.
Then, one week, after my mom had borrowed my Crock Pot, she brought it back to my house, complete with the liner already in there, ready for the cholent to go in.
And that week, there were no sticking problems. There was no problem of the liner sticking to the pot at the edges (making the pot hard to remove from the base), and when it was time to get rid of the cholent, I pulled it right out with no resistance.
“Mom, what did you do?”
“I sprayed it with PAM.”
OMG. Duh. Of course. She continued, “I remember, in 1977, being in my Aunt Adele’s house, and she was spraying all her pots before she cooked. She said that it made it easier to clean them after cooking. That was the first time I was introduced to PAM”
While I don’t know if PAM really helps with the pots, I thought this was fascinating. What did cooks ever do before cooking spray?