beef stew
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Just follow a few simple rules and you’re on your way. Crock pot meals make the back to school tranistion easier!

 

Crockpots vary but the low setting is typically around 100 degrees and its high setting is around 300 degrees.  Knowing this, it is fairly easy to convert most recipes for use in your slow cooker. Some adjusments to cooking times will be a judgement call on your part, but some simple guidelines should help. 

  • You should decrease the liquid since it does not boil away in a crockpot.
  • Add cheeses and other milk product towards the end of your cooking since they tend to break down if they are cooked for too long.
  • Brown any ground beef before adding to the crockpot. It will taste better and have better texture this way.
  • Add rice and noodles at the end of your cooking as well. They will turn mushy if they are cooked too long. You can cook these separately and then combine them when it’s time to serve.
  • Add your spices at the end.
  • If a stovetop recipe calls for 15-30 minutes, the crockpot should cook it for 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hrs at a high temperature and 4 – 8 hours at its low temperature setting.
  • If a stovetop recipe calls for 35-45 minutes, the crockpot should cook it for 3-4 hrs at a high temperature setting and 6 – 10 hours at its low temperature setting.
  • If a stovetop recipe calls for 50 min to 3 hours, the crockpot should cook it for 4 – 6 hrs at a high temperature setting and 8 – 16 hours at its low temperature setting.

Following these guidelines will allow you to be able to convert a stovetop recipe to its delicious
slow cooking counterpart!

Crock Pot Recipes

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