Let me just preface this story by saying...like many people with busy lives, I rely on my crockpot at least twice a week. Dinner is ready by 6:00 and all I have to do, is toss in a few ingredients and Gran(my crockpot)does the rest.
It happened on a Thursday night at 6:22 pm. I remember it vividly because it was the first time that Gran had EVER let me down. Thursday is a busy day for me filled with errands, laundry, cleaning, ballet, and playdates. When I walked through the door starving and ready to set the table, I was slapped in the face with the scent of my burning dinner. UGH! REALLY?! What happened Gran?! Within 10 minutes I had the kids in the bath, dinner in the garbage, and sushi on the way. After soaking and scrubbing, I couldn't get the ring of charred sauce to come off. We've been together for almost seven years, the thought of tossing her in the trash brought me to tears. I soaked her overnight, but woke up to find that darn ring still there and annoying as ever. Then a thought crossed my mind, I use vinegar to clean every other appliance in my house, why not my crockpot? It's worth a shot right? I plugged her in, poured in 2 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar and set her on high for 6 hours. Wouldn't you know...after 6 hours the ring was gone! YAY, Gran will live to see another week! I already had the vinegar out, so I went on to clean my microwave, my stainless steal toaster covered in finger prints, my dishwasher, and my other best friend Kari the Kuerig!
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