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I am wondering if you are supposed to put water in all slow cookers? I saw my roommate put water underneath the ceramic insert and would like to know if that is the proper procedure? I have never owned a new one and my ceramic inserts tend to break often, would like to know if that is why?

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    I've never seen a slow cooker that needed water added, in fact most manuals would warn you against it, however it may depend on the brand. What's the brand and model? – GdD Sep 26 '17 at 8:04
  • The brand is a Bella- the model number is 1320-F. So you are saying that generally slow cookers do not require water in this manner? I'm sorry I am rather inexperienced with slow cookers. – Navajo Dreamchild Sep 26 '17 at 20:39
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    Ive never seen one that does @NavajoDreamchild – GdD Sep 26 '17 at 22:04
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    You should always run a slow cooker with liquid in the crock (ceramic/metal container that holds the food), but the crock should not be immersed in liquid. – Batman Sep 28 '17 at 6:47
  • Thank you. I always make sure there is liquid in the cooking portion of the crock, so I'm at least doing that right. But would you have any insights into why the ceramic inserts break on me so often. I keep them clean and store them in the cupboard(no 'off-label usage), but they keep on breaking....am I just getting my hands on cheap cookers? or is there a trick or something that will help extend the life I get out of them? I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question:-) – Navajo Dreamchild Sep 28 '17 at 23:44

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