The Most Useful Crock Pot Cooking Tips from the Web

By Jessica Lymberopoulos January 19, 2013 No Comments

Don’t let another slow cooking season roll by without reading these flavor-boosting and stress-reducing crock pot cooking tips. I searched the web far and wide, putting the most useful suggestions into one mega list for slow cooking perfection.

Tough, cheap cuts are great for the slow cooker.

Using liners in your slow cooker makes for a super easy clean up, and they don’t affect the cooking of your meal. You can find these liners at most grocery stores.

To convert any favorite stew recipe, reduce the liquid called for by half — slow cookers trap moisture, providing plenty of sauce.(Martha Stewart)

Don’t cook frozen meats in your slow cooker. Harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses flourish in moist environments at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Using frozen meat may cause food to remain at an unsafe temperature for too long.

Browning your vegetables and meat isn’t always necessary before adding them to the slow cooker, but do brown chicken (it deepens flavor and improves the skin’s texture).

For high altitude cooking, add an additional 30 minutes for each hour of time specified in the recipe. Legumes take about twice as long as they would at sea level.

For best results, your slow cooker should be at least halfway but no more than two-thirds full when you start cooking. This will prevent overcooking and overflowing.

You may be tempted to peek, but don’t lift that lid too often. Releasing the heat will increase cooking time by about 15 minutes.

Sources: Martha StewartReal SimpleSix Sisters’ Stuff, Food Network

Photo (cc) via Flickr user janineomg.

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