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Slow cookers are the perfect appliance for busy families, or just anyone looking to save time in the kitchen.
Cooking with a slow cooker is an excellent way to cook healthy meals without having to watch the pot.
A slow cooker can also be used for cooking side dishes or desserts, but it’s most commonly used for cooking delicious meals with the touch of a button.
If you’re new to using a slow cooker, here are some helpful tips on how to use it:
Slow Cooker Cooking Tips
- Make sure your slow cooker is at least half full when cooking so that your food does not dry out or burn.
- Choosing foods that are specifically suited for cooking in a slow cooker is ideal. That way you don’t need to supplement with extra water, butter, or other liquids during cooking time.
- A general rule of thumb when it comes to how many hours to cook something is 6-8 hours on low and 3-4 hours on high unless specified otherwise by your slow cooker’s manufacturer.
- Pre-cooking any meat for a recipe before placing it in your slow cooker can help to reduce the cooking time.
- It is usually best to pre-cook ground meats when mixing them with other ingredients for a slow cooker recipe.
- You can use your slow cooker to batch cook meat such as ground beef or shredded chicken. Then place your cooked meat in freezer bags for easy meal prep.
- Do not cook frozen meat in your slow cooker on low as it may not reach the proper temperature in time. Always cook frozen meat on the high setting.
- If you have a slow cooker with a locking lid, do not lock the lid while cooking. The locking lid is only for travel.
- If your food is done, and you are not quite ready to eat, you can put your slow cooker on the warm setting safely for up to 4 hours.
- Once you are done cooking, be sure to turn your slow cooker to off and make sure to unplug it as well for safety.
Slow Cooker Cleaning Tips
- Most slow cookers have removable parts for easy cleaning. Most ceramic pots that come with slow cookers are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
- After unplugging your slow cooker, you can easily wash out the inside with a small amount of warm soapy water. Just be careful not to get any soap onto its electronic components. Just make sure it is completely dry before storing.
- If you have stuck-on food left inside your slow cooker, you can clean it by letting it soak in warm soapy water for 15-20 minutes prior to washing.
- Use food-grade slow cooker liners when using your slow cooker to make clean-up time incredibly easy.
- Sometimes slow cookers can end up with some stubborn burnt bits at the bottom. If this happens, Use a bit of warm water, baking soda, and a soft-bristled brush to clean it.
Slow Cooker Recipes
- Gluten Free Slow Cooker MeatballsGluten Free Slow Cooker Meatballs Meatballs are by far one of my son’s favorite meals. We tend to make meatballs in the slow cooker with …