I like to use my Slow Cooker all year long, but it seems I use it more in the fall and winter months. I love to come home on a cold day and open the door to my kitchen and be meet with the warm delicious aroma, of a home cooked meal, ready and waiting for me in my Slow Cooker.
My new cookbook, Busy Woman's Slow Cooker Cookbook, is not for sale yet, but below are a few tips from the book.
Cooking time in all recipes are approximations, affected by how much food is in the cooker, humidity, the temperature of the ingredients when you add them; so note that cooking times in the recipes are ranges only.
To make cleanup easier, spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray before adding food.
If a recipe calls for a meat to be browned, brown it in a skillet. The recipe will be better, it will enhance the flavor and decrease fat.
A Slow Cooker is great for tougher cuts of meat.
It is usually better to thaw meat before placing it in the Slow Cooker. It will cook faster.
Fill the Slow Cooker between 1/2 and 2/3 full.
Add root vegetables to the Slow Cooker first, then add the meat. Root vegetables cook slower than meat.
Cut vegetables into smaller pieces to ensure proper cooking.
Don't remove the lid during cooking unless a recipe calls for it. Every time you lift the lid you will slow the cooking time by 20 to 30 minutes.
Don't leave food in the Slow Cooker. Remove food within one hour.
Don't reheat food in a Slow Cooker because it takes too much time for food to reach a safe temperature.
Don't add water to clean the Slow Cooker until it has cooled.
Don't use metal utensils; use rubber, plastic or wood to avoid damaging interior of the Slow Cooker.
Check back on Friday, when I post my Slow Cooker recipe for,
Pepper Steak Roast!
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