My old Rival Crock-Pot (4.5 qt?) has only OFF, LOW, and HIGH temp settings. I'm making crock-pot chicken confit with hindquarters. The recipe directs me to set it on the LOW setting for 3 hours, then 1.5-2 hours on HIGH. At about 2 hours into the LOW setting, the oil has come to a moderately-rolling boil. Should oil even reach a low boil on the LOW setting?

  • I very much doubt it's oil that's boiling, more like water-based juices from the chicken. Unless you have a house full of smoke, that is, but I reckon you would have said
    – Chris H
    Aug 11, 2021 at 14:42
  • It is the oil boiling. Aug 11, 2021 at 15:06
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    What type of oil is it? I'm rather doubtful it'd the oil boiling because from what I can tell that'd have to be nearly 200 C, which seems unlikely for the low setting - how can you confirm it is the oil boiling? Aug 11, 2021 at 15:09
  • If that's true, you should probably unplug it before you start a fire, and replace it. It shouldn't get anywhere near hot enough to commonboil oil. However just because there are bubbles coming out of a pot of oil doesn't mean the oil itself is boiling. If you have a food thermometer you might want to stick it in. But all cooking oils in routine use smoke well before they boil - no smoke means it's not the oil boiling. Sorry to be pedantic but the difference is significant, and any recipe I can find will let some water into the oil
    – Chris H
    Aug 11, 2021 at 15:10
  • Apparently there is no longer a LOW temp setting on my crock pot. I have no idea how that might have happened. We're both old. meh Aug 11, 2021 at 17:49


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