Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crockpot Cooking Helpful Hints and Advice

When I think Midwest Cooking, I think Crockpot!  Comfort food on a cold evening or easy cooking so we can go to the beach in the summer...

Here's 10 tips for crockpot cooking. 

From  page 9 of Creative Slow-Cooker Meals
1.  Don't fill your slow-cooker more than 2/3 full.
2.  Cooking for one hour on high is equal to two hours on low in your crockpot.
3.  If there's too much liquid in the dish, you can thicken the juices by removing the lid and cooking on high for the last half hour of the cooking time.
4.  In most slow cooker recipes, vegetables do not need to be initially sauteed.
5.  Most meats, except fish require 8 hours of cooking on low.
6.  You will usually need to coat the crockpot with nonstick spray.
7.  Do not set the stoneware liner on a stovetop burner that is lit.
8.  To avoid heat loss, don't open your crockpot unless absolutely necessary.
9.  To avoid curdling, generally add milk products during the last hour of the cook time.
10.  Your crockpot can be a tortilla warmer, pancake warmer, punch bowl, fondue pot, ricemaker, etc.  You get the idea, now what ideas can you think of for additional uses for your crockpot stoneware liner?
For the complete page 9, check out free pages from the book including page 9. Click here 


Creative Slow-Cooker Meals:  Use Two Slow Cookers for Easy and Tasty Meals, Harvest House Publishers, 2012, perfect for a Mother's Day gift click here to check out

What was your favorite Mother's Day Gift that you received or gave and Why?  Please leave your answer as a comment


  1. Great tips! Thanks!

    Can't think of specific gifts right now, but when I was getting married and moving away from home I gave my mom a Mother's Day card that said:
    "Wherever I wander, wherever I roam, wherever my mom is will always be home." We both cried when she opened it and 20 years later I found it in her things after she died.

  2. What great hints! I couldn't do without my slow-cooker. Two gifts come to mind. My son made me a shelf for the cupboard under my stove so the pans could be better organized. It was crude but it worked.

    The second, my daughter fashioned clay earrings for me at school. When I put them on they pulled my earlobes down to my shoulders but I wore them proudly.

  3. I've been cold all day, crock pot cooking sounds good.

  4. My husband, Bob, got me one year a beautiful set of dishes and I still have some of those left. After six children, some of those dishes shattered through the years, but all good memories.


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