I wish someone had told me that you don’t need to replace your slow cooker straight away just because you’ve lost the lid.
You can use a whole host of different kitchen objects to cover your slow cooker if you’ve lost the lid. This includes; chopping boards, plates, dishes, or even tin foil.
This does go against the manual for the majority of slow cookers (although the majority I’ve found don’t really mention this scenario – which has actually happened to me on more than one occasion) so do proceed with caution.
However, I’ve tried and tested this many a time with many different objects in my kitchen – it’s almost become a game at this point.
I would, however, recommend either replacing the entire unit, emailing the manufacture to see if they can send you out a replacement lid, or shopping for a cheap slow cooker with a lid that fits yours at the local thrift store, salvation army or on the likes of eBay.
Crockpot lids are made of tempered glass and often shatter due to rapid temperature changes.
This problem is very common and can sometimes be prevented with some slight adjustments to the way you use the machine.
I’ve found that my slow cooker lids only shatter when I remove the lid after cooking and place it onto a cold surface such as my granite worktop.
I’d, therefore, recommend you wait before washing the lid or placing it on any cold surfaces.
In my case, I did email Crockpot about this issue however they failed to replace the lid.
It was a while back now, so I can’t remember if they deemed it was my fault or they simply didn’t have the replacement piece/unit to offer me.
If your lid does crack or become damaged in any way I’ve found that tin foil, plates, or dishes work well as a replacement. From personal experience, I found that foil works best as it’s the most versatile.
Slow cookers lids with holes are designed for a meat thermometer.
It’s therefore not something you need to consider when replacing or creating your own make-shift lid if it’s not a feature you use.
You can tuck the tin foil into the side of the slow cooker to minimize heat loss which can be sometimes hard depending on the size and shape of the plates you have.
I’ve found layering two sheets of tin foil works the best in retaining moisture and minimizing heat loss. To minimize the amount of waste (and cost) I simply store the foil and reuse it a couple of times.
Tinfoil is completely safe to use inside your slow cooker or crockpot and as a replacement lid for your machine if it’s been damaged or lost.
While some people are worried it may leach or tear into the food I’ve actually found this to be incredibly uncommon.
So uncommon it’s never happened to me during the 25+ times I’ve used tinfoil either as a lid for my slow cooker or inside my slow cooker
An even still our bodies are able to process these small amounts – in fact, it’s sometimes found in food.
That said if you’re planning on using tin foil for the base of your crock-pot or slow cooker for a quicker clean up (honestly, whoever came up with this hack is genius) I’d recommend the specially designed crockpot liners instead.
They are slightly more expensive but are suitable for all ingredients and completely safe.
However, I found that using either foil or a liner didn’t just help me clean up after dinner quicker.
I found it also helped me to cook my slow-cooked meat more evenly and prevented the edges from burning which can sometimes happen with large chunks of meat and pasta dishes.