Since the invention of the original Crock-Pot® in the 1970s, the “crockpot” moniker has become an icon for any slow cooker. They are programmable and feature multiple time and temperature settings, countdown timers, built-in thermometers and automatic temperature shifts for warming up a meal by the time you get home. There are slow cooker sizes and settings to fit your family’s individual needs.
When purchasing, consider the shape as well as size. One money-saving benefit of the slow cooker process is that tougher, less expensive meats become meltingly tender and juicy with slow, moist heat. When it comes to shape, larger roasts and whole chickens fit better and cook more evenly when placed in an oval-shaped slow cooker.
You can easily adjust your favorite oven or stovetop recipe for a crockpot. Regardless of yield, if your dish normally cooks in 15 to 30 minutes, you can count on 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours cooking in a crockpot on High power or 4 to 6 hours on Low. If it takes 35 to 45 minutes, you should allow 2 to 3 hours on High power or 6 to 8 hours on Low. Main dishes like roasts and stews that cook up to 3 hours will take 4 to 5 hours on High or more than 8 hours on Low. Just make sure to read the timing tips on your specific slow cooker.
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