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Cracked glaze on new-looking used thrift-store slow-cooker crock

I've recently purchased a Rival crock-pot similar to one we had for years which I inadvetently broke last year (carrying it up from the basement and tripped over the cord--had to make a whole new dinner!). I saw one just like it at the thrift-store and looked inside at the crock--it looked as if it had never been used once! I got it home and put water in it and set it on "high" to see if it was functional. It boiled the water, but when I dumped the water out later I noticed a web-work of dark spidery lines. This was cracks in the clear glazing which had allowed water to seep into the actual pottery and darkened it by wetting it. That indicates foodstuffs would also work their way into that porous part ofthe crock, to me. Is this going to pose any sort of safety hazard as regards exposure to products of spoiled food? I'd always heard it rumored that the advantages of cooking in this way were that the crockery gets flavors absorbed into it and passes them on to subsequent meals. That would indicated that such a condition may *not* be any problem. I want some reinforcement or an answer here before I go preparing any meals in this appliance. If I get the "thumbs down" in time I can probably take it back to the thrift store and get my money back---I have a week on that. Thanks in advance for any advice on this. --Bobby Z./[email protected]

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I would not be afraid to use it as they are probably just cracks in the glazing. The heat from cooking would kill any micro organisms. I would err on the side of safety and not store fund in it though. Cook in it then transfer the food for storage. If you did not get a great deal on it and are still apprehensive return it. Good luck Kevin

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