If you read my blog regularly, you will know that weekly I use my crock pot for simple frugal meals. Last weekend was no exception. In went some leftover pot roast with some BBQ sauce. It was supposed to be a simple dinner. So simple that I forgot it was on until hours later and discovered the sauce had burned, really, really burned.
Amazingly I was able to salvage most of the meat. The burning had occurred on the side of the pot. Afterwards I tossed in a few used dryer sheets and let it set overnight. The next day my jaw dropped as it became apparent my usual trick wasn't making a dent in the destruction. Hmmmm, what to do. Using the suggestion of a friend (who is also an amazing cook) I filled the pot with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and let it simmer for 12 hours, on low. A little elbow grease was required, but the burned sauce gave way.
My slow cooker is back in use. Unplanned expenditure averted. And I didn't have to make a trip to a store to replace it. Working that in would have been more painful than the cost of a new crock pot.