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I have a CrockPot brand slow cooker that is less than one year old. I have recently realized that it heats rather unevenly, being considerably cooler on the side near the controls than on the opposite side.

For example, when I cook a batch of chilli, I can see it bubbling near the warm-side wall, but not on the opposite side. If I cook dumplings in the chilli then those on the warm side are done in about the amount of time I expect, but those on the cool side are still decidedly undone at that time.

For what it’s worth, I usually use the “LOW” heat setting, but I think similar behavior occurs on “HIGH“.

Questions:

  • Is this kind of uneven heating typical for slow cookers?
  • Does it indicate that mine is broken?
  • Do you have any advice about how to deal with it, beyond stirring and/or occasionally turning the crock within the heating unit?
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