Tips For Cooking With Your Slow Cooker
The great thing about using a slow cooker is that you can prepare your meal in about 15 minutes and not have to worry about it anymore. When I rise
in the morning, it seems that this is the time of day when I feel the most energized. This makes it an ideal time to add all of the ingredients into my slow
cooker and head off to work.
Who wants to work all day and then come home and spend an hour or two preparing dinner? Not me! There are a few tips though that can save you
even more time and allow you to get the most out of your slow cooker.
The first thing that you can do to save time is prepare your foods the night before and refrigerate them. Then when you get up in the morning, you can
throw everything in your slow cooker and your off! There are some ingredients that you will not be able to do this with so be sure to check your recipe
and prepare as much as possible. After all, you have enough to do in the morning with getting ready for work, breakfast, the kids and so on.
Being that the majority of popular slow cookers only have two settings of low and high, I have found that cooking on the lowest setting gives me the
best results. A common problem with slow cookers is that they cook too hot and if you use the high setting, you have a good chance of overcooking
your meal. I have never overcooked any food by using the low setting. An even better idea is to buy a programmable crock pot as these will cook
foods perfectly and can be left unattended for longer periods without having to worry about overcooking.
If you are using fresh vegetables in your recipe, it is best to place these on the bottom of the slow cooker as they take longer than meat. Canned
vegetables cook fast and should be placed over the meat. Also, it is a good idea to thaw out the meat before placing it in the crock pot. Some people
will put a frozen roast in a slow cooker but I have found that my roasts have cooked better when they are thawed out first.
These small tips can help you save time and get bet