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
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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