Using Cooking Bags In Your Crockpot

April 3, 2006

Can I use "oven cooking bags" in my crockpot?

Sharon from Southern Illinois


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January 18, 2012

We all know how easy it is to use a slow cooker to make dinner, but the clean up can be a time-consuming job. We recently found the Reynolds Slow Cooker liners at the grocery store, WalMart, etc. They have probably been on the market for a while, but we just realized how easy they make cleanup.

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February 17, 2022

Can I use oven roasting bag for my chicken thighs in the crockpot and adding cream of chicken soup on top?


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February 17, 20220 found this helpful
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It seems this is the sort of question that always has plenty of 'yes & no' answers.
This same question was first asked on ThriftyFun in 2006 and had about the same type of answers all the way to 2021.


Everyone should remember that companies make items for specific uses and will not usually recommend them to be used for other purposes.
I especially liked the answer presented by m2 - 12/4/2021.

Some links that are being presented seem to be from many years ago (some from 2004?) and may not really be relevant in 2022, but this may be a question that everyone will need to answer for themselves as that is the person responsible for any safety/health issues that may arise.
This one is from 2004:

Here are some modern links that seem to be saying it is safe to use oven bags as long as they are used inside the crockpot.
updated 2022

Looks like many current sites are stating brand name oven bags are safe to use inside your crockpot.

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February 18, 20220 found this helpful
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Although there are people who don't recommend using an oven roasting bag in a slow cooker, citing a representative of a roasting-bag manufacturer who said "they don't recommend using the bag in a slow cooker, because the bag might come in contact with the heating element, melt and damage the cooker."


A crockpot is more or less the same as a slow cooker except for its name and some slightly updated functions. A crock-pot, unlike a slow cooker, also has heating elements on all sides of the insert rather than just the bottom. Most crock-pots use a ceramic pot.This means that the heat is applied on all sides rather than just the bottom allowing for gentler heat distribution. Therefore, you can use the oven roasting bag in your crockpot.

Yes, you can add cream of chicken soup to the oven bag. You can use oven bags in your crockpot in the same way as you would in your oven.

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May 9, 2020

I am making green beans in a cooking bag in my crockpot. Do I set it on high or low? I haven't ever used the cooking bag crockpot method before.


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May 10, 20200 found this helpful
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I have never used the cooking bags/liners so I decided to do a 'satisfaction' research and I found there is a lot of controversy about using them.


I'm assuming you mean the Crockpot liners and not a cooking bag that can be used in boiling water...

Some users say they sometimes burn (no matter how they use them) and others say they give some food a 'plastic taste'........
There are more good remarks than bad and it seems that as long as you're using good quality liners there are few problems.

As to whether to use high or low - the liner does not change the cooking method so the liner companies state you follow your recipe as to temperature and length of cooking - no change if using a bag/liner.

I did read that fresh green beans should be cooked like this:
"Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. Cooking time may vary depending on how tender you like your green beans."

I liked this site so maybe it could help you with using liners.
Research is always good when using something new.
Hope your food will taste delicious.


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I know there are cooking liners for crackpots and also cooking bag that come with frozen foods or even food you can add to the bag to cook in a pot of boiling water or even the oven. Normally there are instruction on the item that will tell you how long to cook this. You should follow the same instruction the company has given you for cooking temp and also how long to cook the item so it is not under or over cooked. The only advantage I can see about using a cooking bag in a crock pot is the clean up time and how easy it should make it. I did read some people saying that cooking in plastic is not idea for your health and it should be avoided. I do a lot of fresh cooking for myself and try to avoid packaged foods or food that come in cooking bags. I just find that fresh foods taste better and are better for your health.

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February 24, 2017

I use slow cooker liners consistently. However, I often want to cook several different items in the same pot that I do not wish to mix. For example, tonight I cooked a bacon-wrapped pork loin roast, corn on the cob, and a baked potato. I had to use a huge liner bag for the roast and another huge liner bag for the corn (cooked in butter), and wrapped the potato in foil.

It would have been great if I could have had a smaller bag for each item. Does anyone know if such a thing exists on the market, and if so, where to purchase them?


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February 26, 20173 found this helpful

I understand what you are trying to do and I have used the same method to cook more than one kind of food in my larger crock pot so your question interested me as I also thought the liners were too large.


I wondered about oven bags since they do come in smaller sizes and here is what I found;

Reynolds does not recommend using oven bags in the crock pot but checking further Reynolds stated the bags were made of the same material but the opening on oven bags is on the long end and liner bags are on the wide end. Seems to me that would be the place to have the opening for the way you are using them (?).

Glad web site states their oven bags can be used in slow cookers and they do come in smaller sizes:

GLAD Oven Bags are suitable for conventional ovens up to 200C or microwave ovens and slow cookers. Also can be used to marinate meat before cooking. The Extra-Large size can also be used in slow cookers as a slow cooker liner.

I also found that some people recommend McCormick Bag 'n Season Cooking Bags as they are also "oven" bags.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

I spent more time than I cared for looking for some sort of segmented or 4 -in-1 crockpot liner, because I was CERTAIN that someone had invented it. It makes so much sense to me - just like some plates are segmented, there should be some liners made that way too. Oh well. I'm still pretty sure that this has been invented. You could search on Amazon in the liner section, see if any jump out at you.

I saw others online who use tin foil instead of liners, but I don't see how that would work with liquids.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

I contacted the Reynolds Company, that makes Crockpot Liners, and they said they don't make smaller sizes.

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January 28, 2012

Is it possible to substitute a regular plastic bag for a slow-cooker liner?

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January 28, 20120 found this helpful

No a regular plastic bag would melt in the crock pot. It's not made for cooking.

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January 28, 20121 found this helpful

I have to agree with attic_treasures, the plastic bag would melt. Besides even if you could use a plastic bag in a slow-cooker you would be taking a foolish risk by using a plastic bag. Harmful toxins could be released into your food from the plastic. I'm all for saving money but I would never gamble with my health or the health of my family.

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January 29, 20120 found this helpful

Plastic bags were not meant for slow cookers! They melt with heat, you have ruined your slow cooker. The liners were made for the slow cooker.

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

Can i use a cooking bag for my te.nderloin pork roast. Thats going to be cooked in my crock pot

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December 31, 2015

My children despise certain veggies -- each different, of course. Can you cook different veggies inside your crock pot in Ziploc type bags? For instance, when making veggie beef soup, since neither child likes corn, could I put the kernel corn in a quart bag with small holes pierced in the bag and place inside the crock pot with all other ingredients?

This way the corn cooks along with the soup and even allows the flavor to mingle. Then when ready to serve the kids don't pick out the corn, but hubby and I can add some from the bag to our bowl. Sounds like a win-win this way. Is this possible? I aways cook on low heat.


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December 31, 20150 found this helpful

I think you can heat the veggies in a separate bag but not in the ZipLock etc., storage bags as they are not made for cooking. Instead, purchase slow cooking bags made for slow cookers and use those.

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful

Hi there! Well one point I would like to raise and I'm not 100% certain so please take this with a grain of salt. There have been multiple studies published about the health impacts that plastic play on our bodies and its everything from headaches, fatigue and nausea and there are more but I will not list them all. Now on the other subject of the pickiness of children I completely understand. I don't have children of my own but I helped to raise my niece and nephew and they got to the point where I was so concerned that they were not getting proper nutrition. Thus I started on a mission to figure out how to bring peace to our table and peace of mind that they are getting good nutrition and I found the following book, Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. She actually finds ways to sneak veggies into everyday meals and the kids are completely clueless and you have the peace of mind that they are getting great nutrition! It also brought peace to our meal times as before it was always a begging, pleading all the way to you better eat or your not allowed to leave the table unless you! I hope that this helps you and feel free to contact me :) I could send you a couple of recipes to try out before you invest in the book. I did get lucky that on a Sat as I went from one yard sale to the next I stumbled upon this book so I don't know the actual cost of this book. So good luck and I am here!! Hope you have a great day!

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

No. Ziplock bags are not made for heat.

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