Over the year many people have asked for slow cooker tips and tricks from me so I decided to write them all down for my Slow Cooker Mondays section. I’ve got tons of recipes on my site but if you need slow cooker tips and tricks this is a big list for ya!
If you’re a busy parent, you know that getting dinner on the table night after night is quite the chore. Many busy parents have discovered the ease and flexibility of crockpot cooking. A crockpot can create an entire meal in one pot, and most crockpot recipes require little preparation and set up. Many veteran crockpot users have found some easy tips to remember when using it.
• Use the right size pot for your meal. Don’t put a pot roast in a miniature crockpot, and don’t make a dip in your 8-quart pot.
• Don’t overfill your crockpot. Only fill the pot 2/3 full for safe cooking.
• Keep the lid on the pot; this will make cooking time go much faster.
• Plan your meals in advance. You cannot add ingredients half way through the day, so have everything you need ready to add to the pot in the morning.
• Remember that one hour on high, is the same as two and half hours on low temperature.
• High temperature on crock-pot is about 300 degrees F, and low temperature is 200 degrees F.
• Add fresh herbs and spices, rather than dry. This will make your dish much more flavorful.
• Remember to brown your meat and sauté vegetables before adding them to the crockpot. This will enhance the flavor of your dish.
• If you’ve added too much liquid in your crockpot, take the lid off the last 30 minutes to evaporate some of it or add a toothpick in it to allow some steam to escape.
• Less tender meat is much better for slow cooking. The crock-pot tenderizes the meat and will make a cheap cut taste fantastic.
• Crock-pots are great ways to cook home cooked meals in the summer. They won’t heat up your house at all! See these Crock Pot Summer Recipes for ideas.
• If you want to have less mess to clean up, use a crock-pot liner or simply some foil. Simply toss it in the garbage after use, and you’ll have much less clean up to contend with. I also like to spray my crock pot with butter spray to help the mess!
• Food on the bottom of the crock-pot will cook faster than those at the top, so best to put meat and firm vegetables on the bottom of the pot.• Cut vegetables uniformly. They will get done faster and make pretty dish to look at.
• Add softer vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms and squashes, at the end of the crock-pot cooking.
• Trimming the fat will help to prevent it from pooling during the cooking. This will result in better flavor and be much healthier.
• Remember the slower your dish is cooked, the more tender and flavorful it will be.
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Other Crock Pot Recipes
Every Monday I host Slow Cooker Mondays and I find a new crock pot recipe to test for you and then present. It’s real meals for real Mums and here is a roundup of my 10 Crock Pot Recipes of 2012
** You may also like 8 Crock Pot Soup Recipes.