- If you are cooking meats and vegetables together, place the vegetables in the bottom of the cooker with the meat on top. This will keep the vegetables from drying out and will allow the meat to absorb more flavors from the vegetables.
- When a recipe calls for cooking 10 to 12 hours on low, you may shorten the cooking time by first cooking on high for an hour then lowering the heat to low. This can cut a couple hours off the low temp cooking time.
- It is not necessary to brown lean meats before putting in the cooker. Brown fatty meats first to eleminate some of the fat before placing in the cooker.
- If a recipe calls for cooking pasta before adding to the cooker, be careful not to overcook. Pasta should only be cooked to just tender, otherwise it will become too limp in the cooker.
Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
TIPS FOR COOKING IN A SLOW COOKER OR CROCKPOT
Here are a few tips to make your crockpot or slow cooker meals turn out at their very best: