I know that this may be a silly question but I came across a crockpot recipe that asks for the crockpot to be greased before adding the ingredients into the pot. Do you just grease the pot normally? In my case with a bit of olive oil and paper towel. Are you required to grease a crockpot or is it just simpler. I don't want the food to extra greasy.
Personally, I've never made a dish that required greasing of the crockpot - even if it called for it, I've ignored that step and had no problems. I can only imagine the step is added to ensure nothing sticks - but my crockpot (and all others I've seen) are glazed porcelain or ceramic, and the recipes always include a liquid of some kind, so I don't think that's going to be a problem.
If I were going to grease it, however, I'd do it in the method you described, and use a very light touch.
Depends on what I'm making. When I'm doing a whole chicken, I rub the chicken with olive oil so it doesn't stick to the sides and bottom (and to help the spices adhere to the skin). For a bunch chicken pieces, I might oil the pot instead. Never bothered for chili or soup.
Oiling/greasing the pan should never be enough to make the food greasy. It is a thin layer of oil, rubbed on to help prevent sticking. There shouldn't be enough for puddles to form, or frying to happen.
I read somewhere that you should lightly grease ceramic crockpot with a small amount of oil after cleaning .