I put two chicken legs in the crockpot this morning to make soup. I added water and herbs, turned it on, and left it. I was quite surprised when I opened it to start deboning and saw the meat was still cold and raw. It took me just a moment to see I hadn't plugged it in. This particular model doesn't have a light. Considering it was a gift, I'm not complaining. So I plugged it in and turned it on high thinking I would let it cook through the evening. I went back a couple hours later. Still cold. I had plugged in the toaster.