Slow Cooker Temperature Guide

When cooking with a slow cooker, two factors are always particularly important. The cooking time and the right cooking temperature.

Temperature and time go hand in hand. When the temperature is high the cooking time will be shorter, and likewise, if the temperature is lower the cooking time will be longer.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that there is Celsius and Fahrenheit.

The US cooks in Fahrenheit, the rest of the world cooks in degrees Celsius. It helps to know what temperature is high on a slow cooker in Fahrenheit so that you don’t overcook a dish. Luckily the time is always given in hours or minutes…

Slow Cooker Temperature Guide

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

Keep in mind that these are approximate values only and that the actual temperature that is 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

Often the cooking temperatures in recipes are given in metric degrees Celsius. If a dish’s recipe specified the temperature in the metric system (in degrees Celsius), use the table below to convert the temperature to degrees Fahrenheit. This helps ensure the slow cooker temperature is set correctly and the dish is 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 temperature in your slow cooker is 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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