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Crock Pot Cleaning is Easy With Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners

The label on the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners states you should use them, "For fast, easy clean-up with no soaking or scrubbing!" Does the product live up to the claim?

The label on the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners states you should use them, "For fast, easy clean-up with no soaking or scrubbing!" Does the product live up to the claim?

My 20 year old crock pot had begun to chip and I was afraid to use it anymore, so I was happy when my husband bought me a new one which was larger, had an oval shape and a removable pot for ease of cleaning. Hubby was proud of himself because he bought it at a 50% discount, but the item I ended up liking the most was something he bought because of the sales clerk's recommendation: a box of Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

However, when I first saw the claims on the outside of the box, I was skeptical. I was also concerned about safety. I asked my husband questions like:

"Will they burn or catch fire if I set the cooker on high?"

" Are they made of plastic that contains BPA?"

"Will they tear when I remove them?"

"You worry too much," he answered. "Just throw one in the pot next time and see how it works. If you don't like it I won't buy anymore."

What he said made sense, of course, but the nurse in me wanted to do some research on the above issues before trying it out, and even if the answers were satisfactory I wanted to be home the first time I used one of the bags reasoning that I'd smell it if it did start to burn.

Getting Answers to My Questions Was Easy

I logged onto the Reynolds website and got answers to my questions in the Q & A section. This is what I learned:

  • The bags do not contain BPA and are approved by FDA for cooking.
  • They can safely be used on either high or low settings as long as the bag is used according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • They will not stick to the pot if used correctly.
  • The bags do not affect slow cooker performance, nor change the taste of the food.

Proper Placement of Bag

Liner is in place and food is now ready for cooking on high or low setting. It's important that the bag hangs loosely over the rim of the pot.

Liner is in place and food is now ready for cooking on high or low setting. It's important that the bag hangs loosely over the rim of the pot.

Manufacturer's Directions are Easy to Follow

There are just 4 simple steps to follow:

  1. Open the liner and then fit it snugly against the bottom and sides of the slow cooker pot. Be sure to pull the top of the liner over the rim of the pot. It should hang loosely over the edge and MUST NOT be trapped under the rim.
  2. Add ingredients to the slow cooker then turn it on and place the lid on it as you normally would do. Set the cooker on high or low depending what your recipe calls for then proceed to follow recipe directions until your meal is done.
  3. Remove lid carefully to avoid burns from the steam, then serve the meal directly from the slow cooker while the liner is still in place. DO NOT lift or carry the liner with food inside it as burns could result. The first time I used a liner, I made soup and used a ladle to serve it and to put leftovers into a Tupperware container.
  4. Allow the slow cooker to cool completely, then remove the liner and throw it away. I was thrilled that the inside of the pot was spotless after my first use of the liner.

Availability & Cost of Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners

The product is available in most supermarkets, Targets, Walmart and online. Price varies quite a bit depending on where you purchase, whether you have a coupon and the number of bags you are buying.

The box usually contains 4 bags, though some boxes give you a bonus of 2 additional bags.

My experience has been that it's about $3.99 for a box that contains 4 liners. You can easily get online coupons that can be used in any store, but I would recommend that you avoid purchasing the bags online unless the shipping is free.

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners

My Rating of Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners

I gave Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners a 5 star rating for ease of use and because they performed as well as the manufacturer claimed they would. I used to dread cleaning my old slow cooker, especially after making something sticky like baked beans, but now I'm done cleaning in just a few seconds!

I also love the fact that the you can use a slow cooker liner to get everything ready the night before cooking. Just add all the recipe ingredients, place the pot in the refrigerator overnight, remove it the next morning and then put the pot back into the cooker.

The one draw back is that once the food is cooked, you can not store it in the slow cooker liner, but that's a minor point considering that you've got no mess to clean up!

I'm interested in your own opinion about Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. Please leave a comment and/or a rating if you've used them or if this review has convinced you to try them.

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner Poll

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners are made of a plastic material that contains BPA.
    • True.
    • False.
  2. The liners can only be used when the slow cooker is set on low heat.
    • True.
    • False.
  3. The liners can be bought in most supermarkets, Targets, Walmart and online.
    • True.
    • False.
  4. The liners make slow cooker clean-up fast and easy with no soaking or scrubbing.
    • True.
    • False.
  5. You can store leftovers in a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner.
    • True.
    • False.
  6. You can get coupons for Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners on the Reynolds website.
    • True.
    • False.

Answer Key

  1. False.
  2. False.
  3. True.
  4. True.
  5. False.
  6. True.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got 5 correct answers: Congratulations, you have a good understanding of the benefits of using Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

If you got 6 correct answers: Congratulations! You have an excellent understanding about the benefits of using Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

Comments

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on September 03, 2015:

Hi Lindacee,

Thanks for your feedback. I love my slow cooker too and have found some really great recipes on HubPages.

Using these liners when the ingredients contain sticky sauces makes clean-up a snap.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on September 02, 2015:

It's time to get ready for slow cooker weather--I'm so tired of the summer heat! I love my cooker but absolutely hate the cleanup afterward! I didn't know these fabulous things existed. I will be buying them. So glad I found this Hub. Thanks for the review!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on September 23, 2014:

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for sharing your experience with using Reynold's liners for baking in the oven. I'll have to try that sometime.

CherylsArt on September 22, 2014:

I have used Reynold's liners for baking in the oven, the bag type, and have found them to be really useful. Makes cleanup so much easier, and the food comes out moist.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on April 28, 2014:

Hi Jtrader,

Yes, I was glad to learn that info when I researched it.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

jtrader on April 28, 2014:

It's good to know that they are free of BPA.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on March 08, 2014:

Hi Mary,

So good to see a comment from you and I hope you are doing well in your new place.

You make an interesting point about using your crock pot even though you are living alone. That makes sense, cause it's so easy (especially with these liners) and if it's too much for you to eat, you can always freeze the left-overs for microwaveable home cooked meals.

Thanks so much for the vote up.

Sending Hugs, Love & Prayers Across the Miles,

Gail

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 05, 2014:

I live alone now, and I depend on my Crock Pot so much. I cook ahead and freeze dinners. I was not ware of these liners, but I'll sure try them. Voted UP, etc.etc.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 04, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

How wonderful to "see" you here!

As I write this response I'm making kielbasa and beans in my crock pot and am happy that I'm using a liner, cause the barbecue sauce in it really makes a mess.

Glad that you now know about these time saving liners.

Thanks so much for the feedback, and the holiday wishes.

Hope you, too, have a blessed and joyous Christmas.

Hugs & Love,

Gail

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 03, 2013:

Dear Gail - You have solved a problem for me and I'm purchasing these slow cooker liners tomorrow. With the holidays here, I'll be using mine more than usual and with these liners I'll save some time. Thanks so much for introducing me to these little "wonders."

May you and yours have a blessed and joyous Christmas. Sending my love. Hugs ~ Audrey

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 12, 2013:

Dear Lisawilliamsj,

Hope you find them as useful as I do.

Thanks so much for the feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

Gail aka Happyboomernurse

Lisa Chronister from Florida on November 12, 2013:

I love cooking in my slow cooker, but hate the mess, so this product sounds fantastic. I have never even heard of these before, but now I can't wait to try them out! Thank you for sharing!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on October 08, 2013:

Hi DDE,

They are helpful. I cooked spare ribs covered with barbecue sauce last week without using a liner because I was temporarily out of liners, and I will now be sure to go out and get more liners.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

Gail aka Happyboomernurse

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on October 08, 2013:

Hi Monis,

Yes they are cool especially if you're cooking something with a sauce that's sticky.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

Gail aka Happyboomernurse

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 08, 2013:

Crock Pot Cleaning is Easy With Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners sounds a lovely idea and most helpful.

Agnes on October 08, 2013:

Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on May 04, 2013:

Hi Rajan Jolly,

Glad you found the review useful and thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 03, 2013:

These slow cooker liners do seem to take much out of the hassle of cleaning the cooker. Combined with the fact that they are totally safe to use they are a good investment.

voted up and useful.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on February 17, 2013:

Hi Sunshine,

You're welcome. I only found out about them last year, and like to use them when I'm making messy recipes like, pork and beans with barbecue sauce!

Thanks for leaving a comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 16, 2013:

Slow cooker liners! I never knew they existed until know. Thanks HBN!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on February 16, 2013:

Hi Ktrapp,

Hope you find them as useful as I do, especially with meals that involve sticky sauces.

Thanks for leaving such a specific review. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 16, 2013:

The thought of cleaning my slow cooker actually stops me from using it as much as I would if cleaning it wasn't sort of a pain. I've noticed the liners in Target before, but I figured they might be more hassle than they're worth and was even wondering if they might tear or split. So I'm so glad to have read your very positive review. I am definitely going to try them out for myself.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on January 26, 2013:

Hi Thekatydid,

Wow! What a great tip about easy clean-up even without the liner. I never thought to add water and reheat!

Thanks for your specific feedback and the tip. It's greatly appreciated.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on January 26, 2013:

Hi Denise,

You did leave a comment earlier, but I've been really behind on answering comments and am just getting to this now, so I deleted your first response a moment ago.

Thanks so much for your specific feedback, which, as always, is greatly appreciated.

I did have a wonderful holiday, and am glad to hear that you did, also, and that you were able to be with Grace when she had her tonsils out. I'm sure it was comforting for Grace to have her nurse Grandma with her during her recuperation!

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs and Love,

Gail

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on January 26, 2013:

Hi Tlpoague,

Thanks so much for your feedback. Hope you find them useful.

I appreciate your comment and hope all is well with you and your family.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on January 26, 2013:

Hi Mizjo,

The manufacturer's guidelines say it is not safe to reuse the liners.

You raise a good point and I commend you for staying true to your "green" living practices and avoiding disposable products.

I recycle many things, but sometimes cave in for convenience.

Thanks for your heartfelt comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Kay Comer from Metropolis, Illinois on January 26, 2013:

We stay so busy I LOVE crock pot cooking...but only discovered the liners about 2 years ago...I sometimes use the crock pot now without the liner...but I LOVE THE LINER. When I don't use the liner, I just fill the crockpot up with hot water and turn it back on after a meal and WALLA...it has soon cooked itself clean...all I have to do is dump and quickly scrub....Loved your hub!!!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 14, 2013:

Hi Gail-I thought I had left a comment earlier, however, I don't see it...so, I vote UP for the liners. I have never used them, nor have I considered using them, but what a blessing for easy cleanup. Thanks for writing this hub. It will be very useful to all who read it. UP/U/I and sharing.

BTW Happy New Year to you. Hope your holidays were great. I had a wonderful time visiting my family in Michigan. Little Grace had her tonsils out while I was there.

Tammy from USA on January 10, 2013:

I have always been leery about trying these liners before, but after reading this I may have to give it a shot. I hate cleaning slow cookers! Thanks for sharing your review.

mizjo from New York City, NY on January 03, 2013:

Is the liner recyclable? I am so against the 'use and throw away catchphrase' of labor saving. I would rather wash the pot than contribute to ungreen practices. Of course, you could also wash the bag, which is quite easy to do, and reuse it. Just soak in soapy water, rub it generously, rinse and dry upside down over a couple of wooden spoons. You'd still be saving your crock pot.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 28, 2012:

Hi Leveris Steele,

Yes, it's a similar idea to the use of oven bags excite the slow cooker liners are manufactured specifically for slow cookers.

Thanks for leaving a comment and feedback.

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on December 26, 2012:

This reminds me of the oven bags that we put turkeys and other large meats in. I never heard of crock pot liners. Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 26, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

Thanks for the extra tip about using them when taking a meal to a different location. That's especially helpful during this holiday season.

RTalloni on December 26, 2012:

These liners do work well and they are especially helpful when taking a meal to a different location.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 26, 2012:

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for your specific feedback.

As you say, with the newer crock pots cleaning is much easier even without the Reynold's Liners, but I still find the liners very helpful, especially when I make something that has sauce in it.

Thanks so much for the vote up and share. It's greatly appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2012:

Hi Gail,

Our old crock pot was like you described...so hard to clean. We also updated and now have one with a removable liner which makes cleaning so much easier. I have not tried the liners you described but would be tempted to give them a try after reading your review. Voted up, useful and interesting and will share.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 23, 2012:

Hi Deborah Brooks,

Hope you like them as much as I do.

Also hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 23, 2012:

thank you for this information.. I have been wondering how safe they are.. Now I will try them.

Merry Christmas

Debbie

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 23, 2012:

Hi b. Malin,

As usual, your witty writing has brought a smile to my face. LOL

Thanks for the share and for a good chuckle.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

b. Malin on December 14, 2012:

Hi Gail, I haven't used a Crock Pot in years...I think one of my Sons borrowed it years ago with his Lady Friend, and NEVER returned it!

My how times have changed with Crock Pots, and having a Liner sounds like a Great Idea. I'm now almost tempted to buy a New one, along with Liners of course! Thanks for Sharing.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 09, 2012:

Hi Martie,

Hope you do get a crock pot for Christmas! Then, the slow cooker liners would be an added bonus.

Thanks for the congrats on the score- the key word being, current, as it will surely go back down again. LOL

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs & Love,

Gail

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

I have a Crock Pot on my wish list, so this most informative hub about, inter alia, making cleaning easy with slow cooker liners, will be printed and filed with the instruction of my Slow Cooker. (I hope that somebody who doesn't know what to give me for Christmas read this hub of yours and my comment.)

Thank you, Happyboomernurse!

Also congratulations with your current 100 score :)

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 05, 2012:

Thanks Eddy,

I always welcome and appreciate your feedback and support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Eiddwen from Wales on December 05, 2012:

Interesting,well informed and useful here Gail.Thank you so much for sharing and here's to so many more to come.

Eddy.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 04, 2012:

Hi Vespawolf,

Glad to hear you're going to try them for sticky things, and thanks so much for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

I've also wondered about these liners. After reading your glowing review, I think I would buy them and save them for sticky things like baked beans, as you mention. Great to know...thanks!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 04, 2012:

Hi Sherry,

You're welcome and I hope you find them useful.

You're right, the concept of turkey bags is similar, but of course the pot liners have qualities that make them safe for slow cookers, so the two kinds of bags are NOT interchangeable. Slow Cooker Liners should only be used in a slow cooker and Turkey bags should only be used in an oven. (I can tell from your comment that you already realize that, but wanted to clarify it for others.)

Thanks for leaving a comment that adds to the content of this hub.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on December 04, 2012:

Hi Moonlake,

Glad you learned something new from this hub. My old crock pot didn't have removable insides either and it was definitely tricky to clean.

Thanks so much for the vote up and share. It's greatly appreciated.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 02, 2012:

I've always thought those slow cooker liners look useful. I don't know why I never tried them. I use turkey bags in the oven and they work fine. Thanks for the recommendation.

moonlake from America on December 02, 2012:

We like our old crock pot where the insides can't be removed to clean so the liners would work great for us. I had never heard of them until your hub. Voted up and shared.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 29, 2012:

Hi Sarahuihan,

That's a good question that I didn't even think of. I don't know why they say not to store leftovers in them, but the instructions make a point of saying not to.

Thanks for your thoughtful feedback. I will let you know if I'm able to find out an answer for you.

Sarah from USA on November 29, 2012:

This review makes me want to try them out now. Is there a reason why you can`t store leftovers in the bag? Also, the cheapskate in me would probably try to reuse those bags, haha.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 29, 2012:

Hi Craiglyn,

Thanks for reading it and commenting!

I thought the manufacturer's claims were too good to be true until I actually tried it.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Lynda from Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2012:

Well I'll be - who would have thought of this? I don't have a slow cooker any longer, but if I did - I would have been sure to try these. I think the idea is amazing . Thanks for reviewing!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 29, 2012:

Hi Melovy,

Thanks for the specific feedback you gave me in your review of my review.

I'm surprised you don't already own a slow cooker. I don't use mine that much, but since getting the new one and seeing how easy clean-up is with the liners, I've definitely been using it more than I used to.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 29, 2012:

Hi Mike,

Love the pun and witty one liner, both of which gave me a morning chuckle.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way and valueing your ongoing friendship and support.

Gail

Yvonne Spence from UK on November 29, 2012:

Hi Gail, since I don't have a slow cooker I'm not sure why I read this, but it managed to interest me right to the end! Ah, I do know why I kept going - I loved the dialogue between you and your husband! I'd be exactly like you were and ask those same questions, especially the one about BPA.

Hmm, I could get used to no washing up - is a slow cooker now on my list of wants…

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 28, 2012:

Hi Gail, no seaports? no gardens? guess I'll just stew (groan)

Interesting.

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 28, 2012:

Hi Tillsontitan,

That's the first time I've ever heard of a crock pot burning up, but I'm sure it's not the first time it's ever happened. Glad to hear the company paid for the damage to your countertop.

Thanks for your feedback and I'm glad you found the review useful. I appreciate the kind words and the vote up.

Mary Craig from New York on November 28, 2012:

I've wanted to use these liners but was afraid of how well they would work....since I once had a crock pot burn up on me, I was skeptical....that was a fluke and the company paid for a new countertop. But, I digress. I found this hub very useful and your review well done!

Voted up, useful, and interesting!

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 28, 2012:

Hope it does work, Audrey, and thanks for saying you'll give me feedback.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on November 28, 2012:

I do have some kind of lava cake (mini) on here somewhere and if I do try this in the cooker, will definitely let you know....and probably do a hub~~~ Thanks for the tip on the liners though--that would really be a snap if it works~

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 28, 2012:

Hi Audrey,

I'm also surprised you haven't seen them before now.

I had no idea you could make any kind of a cake in a crock pot, but just the name of your lava cake recipe sounds intriguing. Do you already have a hub made on how to make the lava cake?

I have no idea if the liners would work on a cake because with regular food you scoop it out and there's little chance of accidentally tearing the liner. Please let me know how you make out if you do make the cake with a liner.

Thanks for leaving a comment and for your friendship and ongoing support. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 28, 2012:

Hi MHatter,

Hope you find it as useful as I do.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. Your feedback is appreciated.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on November 28, 2012:

Uh oh--a new gadget for Audrey to try~ Since I use my crockpot all the time, I'm surprised I haven't spied these on the shelf yet. Thanks for pointing them out! I am going to try a lava cake recipe that you cook in the crockpot so this may be just the deal to avoid a messy cleanup~~~ Thanks for the helpful tip!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 27, 2012:

Will try product based on your recommendation. Thank you

Gail Sobotkin (author) from South Carolina on November 27, 2012:

Hi Billy,

I thought I was finished writing reviews, but then I took the slow cooker out this morning to make chicken soup and the next thing I knew, I was snapping pictures with my camera and writing this review! LOL

Glad you found it useful and if you do try them let me know how you make out.

Yes, I'm happy and blessed and hope you and Bev are, too.

Hub Hugs,

Gail

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2012:

Hey Gail!

Two hubs from you in rapid succession; good to see. :)

And I really like this one; I am a bit tired of review hubs, but this one I will actually use. We love using the crock pot, but like everyone else, we grow tired of cleaning it. This is a great idea.

Thank you Gail, and I hope this finds you happy and as blessed as you deserve to be.

bill