How To Cook with a Crock Pot

Using a crockpot is a great way to simplify meal preparations. It allows you to combine ingredients and a few hours later you can come home to a fully cooked meal. Tough cuts of meat become tender and slow cooking intensifies flavors.

Here are a few simple tips to remember that will make crockpot cooking easier and help ensure delicious results.

  • For best cooking the Crockpot should be 1/2 to 3/4 full. If the pot is too full or not full enough the food won’t cook properly.
  • When layering ingredients always place root vegetables on the bottom because they will typically take longer to cook than meat.
  • Don’t add more liquid than the recipes calls for. It can be tempting if it looks too dry, but meat will release additional moisture when cooking.
  • Unless a recipe specifically directs you to stir, don’t remove the lid during cooking. Doing so can add an additional 30 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Always follow the heat setting recommended in the recipe. The high setting will cook food in about half the time of the low setting, but be careful. Cooking on high may require stirring to combine flavors and prevent burning.
  • For easier clean-up use disposable Crockpot liners or coat with cooking spray to help prevent sticking.