3 Great Tips for Slow Cooker Cooking

Slow cookerSlow cooking has traditionally been done on a wood fire. Stewed broths and pot recipes tend to have a richer flavor when cooked on a wood fire because of the slow-cooking process and the aroma of the meat and vegetables as it bubbles for hours over wood and flames. Slow cookers allow you, the modern day homemaker, to whip up similarly delicious meals for your family while also spending quality time with them while your meal cooks.

Convenience, comfort and joys of slow cooking

With a slow cooker, you don’t need to be in the kitchen during the entire time your meal cooks. You simply place the ingredients inside the cooker, set the temperature and secure the lid. In a couple of hours, a delicious, tender meal is ready and waiting to be served. Your food is cooked at a lower temperature and for a longer time, allowing the flavors to blend beautifully; cooking with the lid on also ensures the nutrients are locked in. Your family gets to enjoy a meal that’s not only delightful for the taste buds, but also healthier. A slow cooker is also portable, so you can take it along easily to the beach or summer home and enjoy home-cooked meals away from home.

Choosing a slow cooker for your family

There are two types of slow cookers: programmable and mechanical. Mechanical slow cookers cook the food at a pre-set temperature and require your attention at intervals, so leaving home as the food cooks can result in over-cooking or burning. Programmable slow cookers offer greater convenience because they allow you to set the time required to cook a dish. When the food is done cooking it automatically switches to the “keep warm” setting to ensure your food remains warm until you’re ready to eat.

User-friendly features like an easy-to-read LED display and dishwasher safe inserts and lids lets you enjoy home-cooked meals without requiring rigorous cleaning. Some slow cookers include a bonus warmer for dips and sauces. Slow cookers come in various sizes from 1.5 quarts to 8 quarts, so you can choose one that suits your family’s needs. A triple cooker is a good choice if you entertain regularly as it cooks three dishes at a time. You can search online to find just the right slow cooker that’ll provide the features that will serve your culinary explorations.

Tips for cooking with a slow cooker

Slow cookers are particularly good for cooking meat; be sure to thaw the meat before cooking. Add fresh fruits and vegetables to the cooker with your meat to create a delicious medley of flavors and succulent, juicy meat.

Cutting the meat and veggies into uniform, bite-size pieces will enhance its texture and ensure it cooks evenly. Fill the cooker to no more than two-thirds of its capacity to leave ample space for your food to cook properly and evenly.

We all like to take a quick look at our culinary masterpieces, but try to resist the urge to take a peek at your dish; the longer the lid stays on, the better your food will turn out.

 

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      • San Jose, CA

    We're using our slow-cooker to prepare diabetic meals for myself.

    The pot we have leans closer to the 8 quart size than the 4 to 5 quart size the cookbook is talking about.

    So. We may be getting a smaller sized slow cooker soon.

    There isn't a piece of stew meat that one of these cookers can not make deliciously tender.

    And, the dogs love being around anything that stews and steams in the kitchen.

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