Sharing some information I thought was very helpful.
I bought a second hand Crock-Pot at a yard sale. It was in beautiful shape but it's always nice to know that it is functioning correctly.
I contacted Crock Pot online and they have a live chat. This was our conversation:
Janet: Hi, my name is Janet. I will be happy to help you today.
Me: Hello, I purchased a lovely crock-pot second hand. Model 50301. How can I test that it is heating to correct temperatures?
Janet: The slow cooker and both low and high will reach a temperature between 210 to 218 degrees. You can test the temperature by filling the stoneware half full with water and turning it on for 4 hours. After 4 hours, take a candy or meat thermometer to test the temperature of the water.
Me: Thank you!
Now that's handy to know. I have the crock-pot heating and we'll see...
I am a Crock-Pot user. They are wonderful to fill before work and then when I get home dinner is done and the house smells great. They are also wonderful for pot luck dinners at church or school. I have two large, two mediums (if this new one tests out), one small, and a mini. I don't really use the mini but they say it works for sauces.
A church pot luck favorite is mac and cheese. I use my biggest and fill it with mac and cheese and let it cook. The pot is always empty when it's time to head home. I was thinking of kids when I made this but the adults like it too.
Crock Pot Mac and Cheese
4 cups uncooked macaroni
6 to 8 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 cans evaporated milk
3 cups milk
salt and pepper
If I have it on hand I will add a can of Cheddar Cheese Soup.
Mix all together, reserving 3 cups of cheese for the top.
Spray or grease the inside of your crock-pot. Dump mixture into your crock pot, top with remaining cheese.
Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Do not stir while cooking. I double this for church pot luck dinners.