Slow Cooker Temperature Guide

A slow cooker differs from other kitchens especially by one feature – long cooking times at low temperatures. This method of slow, gentle cooking produces very tasty dishes.  In addition, slow cooking will preserve essential nutrients and vitamins in the food.

Slow Cooker Temperature Guide

Here is an easy-to-read slow cooker temperature guide that shows what is low in a slow cooker, whats medium, or what temperature is high on a slow cooker.

Keep in mind that these are approximate values only and that the actual temperature that are reached, depends on factors such as the type and quantity of the food, the fill level in the pot, and the time.

slow cooker temperature guide

Slow Cooker Temperature Conversions Celsius to Fahrenheit

Many online recipes use metric temperature values. If the recipe of a dish has the temperature in the metric system given (in degrees Celsius), use the table below to convert the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. This helps to make sure the slow cooker temperature properly and the dish will be thoroughly cooked.

*the Celsius data are rounded approximations

What Minimum Temperature must be reached for food to be Safe

All food that is stored, even in the fridge, will begin to spoil. When cooking food it is essential that certain minimum temperatures are reached in order to successfully kill off the pathogens that may be present especially in meat, poultry, or seafood. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends a minimum temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

What temperature is high on a slow cooker?

The high setting on a slow cooker should not exceed a temperature of  200 degrees Fahrenheit.  However, if the fill level in the crock is a bit low, the heat might go further up.  A clear sign is when the contents in the pot start to bubble. This is not slow cooking anymore but a normal cooking process. The maximum temperature should be below the boiling point of water (212 degrees Fahrenheit).

If you have reason to suspect that the temperatures in your slow cooker are either too low or too high, then simply measure the temperature. If it shows that the device is faulty then it is maybe time to buy a new slow cooker.

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