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Beware of the cheap non-stick coating!
on 25 April 2016
The coating showed scratches after just a couple of uses and careful handling with soft silicone utensils. According to many online sources, a damaged non-stick coating might release toxic compounds, so I decided not to endanger my family's health and opted to return the scratched cooker instead (Amazon was great agreeing to take it back). The Good Housekeeping Institute's website also makes another important point about non-stick cookware: it should not be used for broiling or searing meats ("those techniques require temperatures above what nonstick can usually handle"). So the whole idea of the non-stick Sear and Stew Slow Cooker appears ill-conceived and unsafe, and is certainly not helped by the poor quality of the materials used. Slow cookers can be great but I would not risk using this model. PS: I did ask Morphy Richards directly via their website if it was safe to continue using a scratched cooker but the company just ignored me and never replied to the question (which to me is as good as a confirmation of the non-safety).