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So I'm still new to NT- just a few months in. I was wondering....does anyone make stock in a stainless steel crock pot? We are still penny pinching around here so even $30 on a stainless steel stock pot is a stretch so I was thinking about using my crockpot??

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How funny, I was just writing about how great my broth turned out using the crock pot. You don't need to get a stainless steel pot. In fact, IIRC from another WAP forum, there was a thread about this; something about the acidity of the broth (from using vinegar) helps to leach metal into the broth?

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Ok cool! I am gonna try it soon, then. I have a nice 4 qt crock pot.

I still have a cheap Target kitchen: teflon type stuff (terrible I know...I'm buying one peice of stainless steel and cast iron at a time) and before I made it in one of those pot and I couldn't help but picture the teflon melting into and toxifying my healthy brew after all those hours of simmering.

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Ok cool! I am gonna try it soon, then. I have a nice 4 qt crock pot.

I still have a cheap Target kitchen: teflon type stuff (terrible I know...I'm buying one peice of stainless steel and cast iron at a time) and before I made it in one of those pot and I couldn't help but picture the teflon melting into and toxifying my healthy brew after all those hours of simmering.
LOL. Actually, isn't the problem with teflon that the coating off-gases when heated, therefore poisoning the cook (you!)? I thought that's what I'd read in The Fluoride Deception anyway (good book).

Before making a big investment, how about going to garage sales and thrift shops? I've picked up some great cast iron pans for cheap at the swap meet, of all places.

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Yeah, the issue with teflon is when it's over heated dry, it off-gasses into the air. Simmering in it would not cause it to off-gas, as the temperature would never reach the dangerous level.
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Why a stainless steel one? What about the ones with the stoneware crock? Or am I missing something....
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I make stock in my stoneware crock all the time.
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Yeah, the issue with teflon is when it's over heated dry, it off-gasses into the air. Simmering in it would not cause it to off-gas, as the temperature would never reach the dangerous level.
So that means my teflon stock pot is ok then? Wow that would be great if I didn't have to replace that....

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I think the glaze of some some crocks in the crockpots is of concern.

Some wonder if lead is leaching out.
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I heard that too! It seems like every material has its own problem.

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I think the glaze of some some crocks in the crockpots is of concern.

Some wonder if lead is leaching out.

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i got a new set of stanless steel with copper bottom potsat target for 60 or 80 dollars dont remember. it didnt com with a stock pot though i coulnt find one at target.
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Ok cool! I am gonna try it soon, then. I have a nice 4 qt crock pot.

I still have a cheap Target kitchen: teflon type stuff (terrible I know...I'm buying one peice of stainless steel and cast iron at a time) and before I made it in one of those pot and I couldn't help but picture the teflon melting into and toxifying my healthy brew after all those hours of simmering.

Christmas presents! Pots and pans make great gifts. Garage/estate sales are very good places to pick up cast iron. Also, Goodwill sometimes has amazing finds.

My mom picked up 6 cast iron frying pans at an estate sale this summer for $30. She gave the biggest to me: it's huge, exactly what I needed, since our family keeps growing. She gave the rest to my SIL, who is trying to replace her cheap stuff, too.
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Actually, IMO, used is the way to go for cast iron. Already seasoned. I have a cast iron dutch oven, a square skillet, and a regular sized round one all of which my mother picked up at yard sale/flea market type places and fixed up. They are all better than the one we have of dh's that he bought new. It's just more work to keep it seasoned.
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My only big pot is a cast iron dutch oven. It's OK to use it for stock? I thought simmering the vinegary water in it for 12 hours would leach out too much iron.

Too much iron can be really dangerous because of a common genetic defect in humans (1 out of every 250 people have it) called hemochromatosis where iron builds up the the body and eventually causes problems like cirrhosis of the liver.

I think glass is the only cooking material that doesn't leach anything harmful into the food, but I've never seen a glass stock pot.
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