Everyone loves a fresh, home-cooked meal, but we don’t always have the time to prep and cook our favorite feast. Enter the crock-pot, a simple solution to an easy, homemade dinner that doesn’t require fuss or preparation. If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not! Check out some of our slow cooker tips and ideas, then grab one and try it out for yourself.
What size crockpot do I need?
Crocks range in size from a couple of quarts all the way to eight or nine quarts. It’s best to select a size that’s recommended in your crock-pot recipe book, or if you’re cooking from scratch, base it on the amount of ingredients you need to add and how large you want your finished creation to be. With that said, be sure to not overfill your slow cooker or you could risk your meal not finishing on time or spilling over the top. Most brands recommend filling your crock no more than two-thirds full, but it’s best to check your owner’s manual to be sure.
Do I need a programmable crock pot?
If you work long hours or run lots of errands during the day and might not be home close to the time that your crockpot meal finishes, a programmable model is the perfect way to keep your food from overcooking. This design will cook your meal for a predetermined amount of time, then switch to a warming setting until you’re ready to serve it up.
Are there any other slow cooker tips I should know?
The biggest rule with cooking is to keep your food from being between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time. This is called the “danger zone,” and it’s between these temperatures that bacteria thrive. To avoid potential food safety hazards, avoid adding frozen ingredients; you should also simmer liquids on the stove beforehand if you’re cooking on a low setting. Be sure to refrigerate any ingredients you’ve prepared ahead of time. Also, you’ll want to cut up large pieces of meat, such as chicken or a roast, to ensure it cooks thoroughly.
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