Black & Decker is an established name when we talk about slow cookers. It’s safe to say that their slow cookers are actually great in terms of features and there are some smart features as well. However, Black & Decker slow cooker problems are extremely common but are easy to fix. So, are you ready to check out the details?
BLACK+DECKER Slow Cooker Problems
1) Slow Cooker Isn’t Connecting To Wi-Fi
We have already mentioned that the slow cookers are designed with Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control it from the app. If your slow cooker is not connecting to Wi-Fi, you have to change the wireless channel of your cooker. It doesn’t matter if you are connected to a 5GHz or 2.4GHz wireless channel, just change it to a different one (connect to 2.4GHz if you are currently connected to 5GHz). However, we would like to mention that Black & Decker slow cookers work better with 2.4GHz.
If changing the wireless channel doesn’t fix the Wi-Fi connectivity, it is better that you adjust the router settings. For instance, you must reduce the number of connected devices to the router because it reduces the traffic on your Wi-Fi connection. So, when the number of internet-connected devices is reduced on your network, the slow cooker will connect to the Wi-Fi easily.
Also, make sure that that the router settings are set to visible, so the slow cooker can actually see the available Wi-Fi connection. Keep in mind that Wi-Fi connectivity issues are common with hidden networks, so step aside from the hidden network. Lastly, don’t forget to switch off the smart network switch because it can interrupt the Wi-Fi connectivity.
2) Smoke Coming Out
It’s needless to say that when the smoke coming out of the slow cooker, people tend to panic but do keep your calm. The smoke generally happens due to two reasons, food residues on the metal housing or heating element and manufacturing oil dripping on the metal housing. For the most part, the manufacturing oils are used for protecting the metal components and can cause a burning smell/smoking.
So, if the smoke is oozing out because of manufacturing oil, it will go away automatically when you start using the slow cooker regularly. On the contrary, if you’ve been using the same slow cooker for a long time but the smoke is still coming out, you have to ensure that metal housing and/or heating element are free from food residues. Also, if there is food spillage, cool down the slow cooker and wipe it clean with a sponge or cloth.
3) Slow Cooker Is Cold
It simply means that your slow cooker is not heating up even if you connect it to the power source. First of all, you need to ensure that the power source (the switch or socket) is plugged into the functional outlet. The solution for this issue is pretty much obvious; you just have to connect the slow cooker to a fully functional and operating power outlet.
On the other hand, if the power is fine but the slow cooker is still not generating heat, it might be because the electrical components in the slow cooker are malfunctioning. These electrical components include the power plug, cord, and heating element. So, we suggest that you check all these components and fix them (you can also hire a technician).
4) Uneven Cooking
Imagine waiting an entire day for food and it turns out bad or isn’t cooked properly, what a bummer! In case you are struggling with unevenly cooked food, it might be because you haven’t placed the food in the right order or the cutting size is uneven. The first step is to switch off the slow cooker and take out all the food. When the food is out, layer it up properly.
In case you are cooking root vegetables, place them on the bottom. Also, the food items must be cut into small yet even sizes to ensure consistent cooking.
5) Watery Food
No one likes extra watery food or bland food but it has been a constant issue with the Black & Decker slow cooker. So, the first reason behind watery or bland food is under-seasoned herbs. For instance, if you add fresh herbs during cooking, they release water and it can cause watery food. That being said, you should only use dry herbs. Also, if you have to use the fresh herbs, add them at the end.