The ‘Tea Towel trick’
What is the tea towel/dishcloth trick I hear everyone talking about?
You will often see in recipes that people will state to lay a tea towel (the cloth you dry your dishes with) between the inner slow cooker bowl top and the lid of the slow cooker (see photo below).
This is to absorb condensation and stop it from dripping down into the dish inside. It’s often used by members in cakes and breads etc that you don’t want to end up soggy.
I cannot say with 100% surety the safety of this method as it is not one slow cooker manufacturers recommend, but it is instead something the home slow cooker user has devised somewhere along the line. Our members use this method every day to enable us to cook the non traditional slow cooker recipes that we all love like cakes, breads and slices etc.
When using one it is recommended to fold up excess fabric up onto your lid (you could secure it around the handle) so that it does not hang down over the hotter outer casing of the slow cooker.
We’ve made you a short instructional video on the Tea Towel trick HERE
You can also make your own Slow Cooker Cover – for instructions on how to do so click here-
(see photo below)
People do have concerns about fire hazards with this but from what I have been able to learn myself from my internet research, cotton has an Autoignition temperature of 407 °C (765 °F). Your slow cooker will come no where near these temperatures. However I would love to get feedback from anyone who has professional knowledge in this area – feel free to contact me.
Also remember that the tea towel absorbs liquid during this process so it stays damp.
However it is totally personal choice if you feel this is safe for you to do or not with your slow cooker. Please make the decision for yourself on what you feel safe doing.
It is not recommended to use the tea towel in general recipe cooking simply as a measure to reduce liquid in your every day slow cooking dish.
Instead for risk minimisation with this technique, if you decide to use it, do so only for cakes, breads and baking etc recipes where water dripping onto them is a major issue.
Again, please make your own decision regarding the safety of this practice.
If in any doubt do not do this.
I personally recommend not leaving your home when you are using a tea towel in this way so that you are able to keep an eye on your slow cooker and the towel throughout the cooking process.