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Slow Cookers 101: Guide to Converting Recipes

Slow Cookers 101: Guide to Converting Recipes Slow Cookers 101: Guide to Converting Recipes
Converting Recipes for Slow Cookers

Slow cooking is adaptable to a wide variety of recipes. Because slow cookers use low cooking temperatures and retain moisture during the cooking process, any recipe that requires cooking something “low and slow” can easily convert to a slow cooker recipe with a few easy adjustments.

Quick Reference Conversion Tips
  • Since no moisture is lost to evaporation, cut the amount of liquid in half unless you’re cooking pasta, beans or rice.
  • Fresh is best when it comes to using vegetables. Canned and frozen vegetables can cook too quickly. Remember to wash vegetables before use and cut them into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking. Placing them at the bottom of the crock is also recommended.
  • Some items make a dish great, but cook more quickly than other ingredients. For foods like pasta, asparagus and summer squash, wait to add them in.
  • Usually the last hour of the cook cycle is all they need. For seafood, only 15-30 minutes is necessary.
  • Greasy meats such as ground beef or bacon should be cooked and drained before adding to the vessel.
  • Cheese and other dairy products like milk and sour cream should be added in at the end.

 


Additional Slow Cooker Tips & Techniques

Guide to the Basics >
How Slow Cooking Works >
Guide to Converting Recipes
Savings & Safety >

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