Slow cookers have become a kitchen staple for everyone from beginner cooks to those of us who have been in the kitchen for many years! This kitchen gadget makes cooking a breeze. Minimal effort cooking is something that we at eMeals enjoy a lot and we know our members do too. Because of this simple fact, we wanted to share a few crockpot tips to help make your crockpot go from trusty acquaintance to new best friend!
Tips for Crockpot Cooking:
- Brown your meat before placing in the crockpot. This will sear the meat and keep it tender and moist.
- Buy crockpot liners for quick and easy cleanup! If unavailable, spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray.
- Make it ahead. You can put all of the ingredients in the ceramic insert the night before and place it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning all you have to do it put the insert into the base and turn it on.
- Timing is key! 2 hours on low means one hour on high.
- Thicken it up. If your slow cooker recipe is starting to get a little too soupy or runny, you can always taking off the lid and cooking on high for the last half hour or so.
- Don’t reheat leftovers in your crockpot. This method of reheating will not get the food heated quickly enough and can increase your risk for contamination from bacteria.
- Even things out. Try to cut meats and veggies into similar sizes so they cook through evenly.
- Fill ‘er up. Or not! Most crockpots cook best when they are ½ to ¾ of the way full.
- Use cheaper cuts of meat. Believe it or not, these meats work better in the slow cooker. These meat have less fat and make for moist, long cooking times that result in a super tender dinner.
- Keep a lid on it! Each time you remove the cover, you allow heat to escape the crockpot. Try to leave it alone as much as possible and if you do take off the lid a lot, you may need to extend your cooking time.