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General Recipe Tips

General Recipe Tips

Many websites and recipe books provide great ideas for what foods to make in your slow cooker. However, you can also adapt some of your favourite recipes to your new appliance. The biggest change you will want to make to an existing recipe is the amount of liquid used. Since slow cookers retain liquid better than an open pot, you can usually reduce the amount called for by up to half. Also, the cooking time will obviously be longer when using a slow cooker. The best way to know how long a dish will take is to find a similar slow cooker version of your recipe.

Slow Cookers are SLOOOOW

Slow cookers are, naturally, slow. However, you can try to lessen a dish’s cooking time if you are in a bind. A general rule of thumb is that high heat settings cook food roughly twice as quickly as low heat settings. For dishes like soups and stews, the higher heat should not cause too much harm to your recipe. However, you will want to be careful when trying to speed up desserts or larger meat dishes, like roasts. Another option is to find a recipe that lets you do part of the cooking on the stove or in the oven prior to adding ingredients to the crock pot. This can help you create a tasty meal in less time.

Avoid Lifting the Lid

Creating a successful dish with a slow cooker is relatively easy. However, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure high-quality results. First and foremost, avoid lifting the slow cooker’s lid during heating. It may be tempting to smell, stir, or taste your dish, but the lid is what helps keep in moisture and flavour. Also, removing the lid causes considerable heat loss and will extend cooking time.

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