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How to Ship a Slow Cooker

Ship a Slow CookerThe slow cooker is a busy individual's most favorite kitchen appliance. This counter top electrical cookware is a great way to save time while preparing a delicious and nutritious meal. Raw meats, vegetables and sauce or stock are placed in the slow cooker, switched on and left to cook for hours unattended.

Cooking with a slow cooker can also be an economical method of cooking because of its low energy consumption. It is also less dangerous compared to ovens or stove tops due to the lower temperatures.

A basic slow cooker consists of a cooking pot made of glazed ceramic or porcelain, glass lid, metal housing which contains an electric heating element and controls, and a detachable power cord. These parts must be properly packed before shipping to avoid damage.  Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a slow cooker to ensure that it arrives in good working condition.

Wrap the cooking pot with packing paper or bubble wrap before placing inside the housing. The idea is prevent direct contact between the surfaces of the pot and housing and provide a padded nest for the fragile ceramic cook pot. Place the wrapped cord and other accessories inside the cook pot. Fill the pot with packing peanuts to prevent the contents from moving and colliding.

Place the lid on on the slow cooker and wrap the entire device in bubble wrap, making sure that all areas, more importantly the protruding parts like handles and control knobs are well protected. Stick tape all over the slow cooker so that the lid and the other parts are secured and do not move.

Place the slow cooker inside a shipping box with a layer of bubble wrap at the bottom. Put more packaging materials on all empty spaces inside the box until it is filled to the top. Close the box. The contents inside should not move when the package is shaken. Seal the package with heavy duty tape.

Double box the package with ample packing materials on the bottom, sides and top to prevent movement. Close the outer box and seal with packaging tape. Address and label the package and bring to your local post office or carrier.

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