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Saving Time With Your Crockpot

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A slow cooker on the counter can let you start meals way in advance of serving time. This is a guide about saving time with your crockpot.

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May 13, 2010

A wonderful addition to any kitchen is your crockpot! If you are having a gathering, have big eaters, or just want to have your meal cooking while you are working during the day or away having a life, get all of your crockpots going. One crockpot can cook a roast, potatoes, carrots while another crockpot can cook an additional dish such as beans. If you want the bread to warm while you are away you can turn the lid of your crockpot lid upside down and put your already cooked rolls on top of it. Be sure to put these rolls or bread in a baggie and then place them in two layers of aluminum foil. The baggie helps them to not dry out and the aluminum foil keeps them warm.

Want to get ahead of the week? Have more than one crockpot going in one day and have your meals cooked. You can warm them up through the week when you get home to your family. You can cook your spaghetti sauce all day and have it that night or you can just bag it and put it in the freezer for another time. Beans freeze. You can cook your beans all day long on low and eat them that evening or you can freeze them for another time. Happy Crockpot!

By Jane from Paducah, KY

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June 1, 20045 found this helpful
Converting Recipes: Converting your favorite recipes to the crockpot or slow cooker is pretty easy. Here is a guideline for cooking times. If you are cooking on the low setting, make sure that any uncooked meat cooks for at least 8 hours.

Stovetop Cooking TimeCrockpot Cooking Time
High TempLow Temp
15-30 minutes1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs4 - 8 hours
35-45 minutes3 - 4 hours6 - 10 hours
50 minutes - 3 hours4 - 6 hours8 - 16 hour

Seasoning: Spices will be diluted overtime as they cook in a crockpot. So add spices in the last hour of cooking.

Ground Beef: Brown ground beef before adding to the crockpot. It will taste better and have better texture this way.

Raw Vegetables: Uncooked vegetables like carrots, potatoes and onions should be place at the bottom of the crockpot for faster cooking.

Dairy: Add sour cream, heavy cream and other dairy ingredients during the last hour of cooking.

Cleaning: Do not add cold water to a hot crockpot to clean it. Either let it cool down or add warm soapy water.

Garnish: Many vegetables will lose their color in a slow cooker. Add a colorful garnish like fresh parsley, chives, tomatoes, red peppers or cheese for color.

Cooking Tip: Keep your crockpot at least half full to avoid overheating and overcooking food.

Thickening: Add a cornstarch in the final hour of cooking to thicken juices.

Use your crockpot outside in the summer to help keep your house cool.

What are your favorite crockpot tips?

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