crockpot tips - crockpot buying tips
Always buy more crockpot than you need- this gives you more flexibility
get one with a removable liner- they are MUCH easier to clean!
Cheapest is not always best- spend a few extra dollars on a good one!
Some models come with programmable timers-this may be a great feature, for example, if your cooking time is 6 hours and you'll be out of the house for 8 hours. You can set the crockpot to start 2 hours after you leave!
Here's some more helpful crockpot and slow cooker tips:
Use leaner cuts of meat to reduce amount of fat that accumulates during cooking
Usually, avoid frozen foods placed directly in the crockpot. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave first
Ground beef and turkey should be browned on stovetop first, as a general rule of thumb.
Avoid taking a "peek" at the cooking during the first 3/4 of cooking time. Only take cover off to stir. Constant peeking may mean adding to cooking time
Never add cold water to a hot crockpot insert! This may result in cracking. When you go to clean up, either let the insert cool, or run hot water into it.
For best results, fill your crockpot 1/2 to 3/4 full. They cook way better that way!
Cooking times are merely guidelines; use your best judgement as to when the food is done. Generaly speaking, 1 hour on high equals 2 hours on low
To speed up the thickening of sauces with flour or cornstarch at the end of the cooking, increase the heat to the high setting and cook from 15 to 45 minutes longer. Or drain the juices into a saucepan and bring to a boil on top of the stove or in a glass measure in a microwave oven, stirring until smooth and thickened.