Okay, this has absolutley nothing to do with smoking food but I'm desperate for help.
Last night about 10:45 ish, I started preparing some chicken cacciatore. I got it into my Hamilton Beach slow cooker--set it on low for 8 hours and went to bed. I got up this morning around 5:30 to check on it and the machine was off. I assume it's on the brink or there's a short in it or whatever but at some point during the night/morning, it stopped working.
The sauce was still hot so I used my instant read thermometer to check on the chicken, which read 135* internally. Due to the time, I put the slow cooker insert into the fridge.
Tonight, I'll pick up a replacement slow cooker but more importantly, I'm wondering if it's safe to continue cooking the chicken cacciatore or should I just throw it out. I'm angry because I used four chicken breast which were not on sale. The chicken plus all of the ingredients--it's a huge expense if I have to throw it all out.
On another note, I've been using my Hamilton Beach faithfully for the past 2 -3 years. It's a great machine with a food probe. Normally, when doing chicken, I'd set the food probe into the breast and set the machine to 165*. I can't believe it only had a 2 -3 year life span. How is it, that some folks say they've had and used a slow cooker for nearly 20 years. I really love this model but 2 -3 years isn't a lot and Hamilton Beach only offers a 1 year warranty. I'm debating if I should get the same model. Decisions, decisions, decisions...