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Slow Cooker Tips

October 3, 2013

Tips to make meals with a slow cooker.

Slow cooker tips.

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Slow cookers are wonderful ways to make meals this fall season. Throw in the ingredients and turn up the heat for effortless food that will bring warmth into your home. Follow these slow cooker tips for a perfectly prepared dinner.

  • Temperatures must reach at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safe slow cooking.  For reference, the low heat setting is about 200 degrees F.
  • Don’t rely on the slow cooker to thaw meats. They should be fully thawed before cooking. Cut the meat into chunks to ensure thorough cooking.
  • Best results are achieved when a slow cooker is between half and two thirds full.
  • Keep a lid on it! Every time you take a peek, it adds 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time.
  • Low heat takes twice as long as high heat. Low heat is about 200 degrees F, while high heat is 300 degrees F.
  • Keep your ceramic insert from cracking. The sudden temperature change to a cold counter or refrigerator can ruin the ceramic.
  • Fat retains heat better than water. This means  meats will cook faster than vegetables. Place veggies at the bottom and around the side with meat on top.
  • To prevent dairy products from breaking down during cooking, add them during the final 15 minutes of cooking.

Prep your meal in the morning and come home to a completed dinner after work with the use of a slow cooker! Try it today with this slow cooker pot roast recipe.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

1 Lb.  potatoes
1/2  onion, sliced
2-3 Lbs. boneless beef arm cut chuck roast
1/2 Cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing made with olive oil
1/4 Cup beef broth
1/4 Cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except parsley in slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on low 8-9 hours. Place meat on platter; surround with vegetables. Drizzle sauce over meat and vegetables. Top with parsley. Makes 8 servings.

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