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Is it safe to cook an entire chicken or large piece of meat in a slow cooker?


USDA recently revised their recommendations and they now say that it IS safe to cook an entire chicken or whole pieces of meat in a slow cooker. However, they do specify that you should check the slow cooker instruction booklet to find out the maximum size of meat that would be safe in your particular slow cooker. One of the most important food safety considerations for cooking meat in a slow cooker is to be sure that the meat is thawed before cooking. More information is available in USDA’s slow cooker fact sheet (updated in 2012).



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Answered by Dr. Londa Nwadike, Kansas State University/University of Missouri Extension Food Safety Specialist



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