I bought a Hamilton Beach slow cooker a while ago. I never had success with it since all the stuff that I made didn't smell good. I finally figured out that it was the rubber gasket on the lid that smelled bad. I don't know if the smell was concentrated food aroma or burnt rubber. I soaked the lid in vinegar overnight and then rinsed it. The smell was gone. I then made some pinto beans in the slow cooker and the gasket again stinks, this time similar to a very very strong pinto bean smell. I am thinking of either giving up on slow cooking or buying a crock pot brand. My questions:
- Is the extremely strong smell from the rubber gasket a common occurrence in slow cookers in general?
- If not, I guess I should just go and buy a different brand/model and shouldn't have this problem.
- If they are, are there any gasketless slow cookers or lids that would solve this problem?
- Does overcooking tend to bring out different, or offensive smells from otherwise normal food and sauces?
Results: For those coming here with the same problem, I simply removed the gasket and everything was fine. Since the lid has a small hole to release pressure, there was no need for a gasket to make a seal in the first place.