Tips For Using Your Crock Pot
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7 Tips For Using Your Crock Pot
When the summer months hit, the house gets hot and that usually means people stop cooking with their ovens. Some turn to using their BBQ to keep the heat out, but what about using your Crock Pot? It’s great for the hot summer months as it doesn’t add as much heat to the house as your stove does. Also, it’s perfect for putting on in the morning, spending the day at the beach and coming home to a hot, cooked meal! Check out these 7 tips below for using your Crock Pot:
- Don’t Overfill: One really important thing to remember about using your Crock Pot is to not overfill it. If you do this it could leave you with unevenly cooked food and bad results. It’s recommended you only fill it up two-thirds of the way.
- Avoid Temptation: When something smells so good, it’s so hard not to lift the lid and check it out. This is a big no-no in the slow cooking world! This will not only lead to slow cooking times, it will release a lot of heat in the process. Only lift the lid when you need to check meat temperatures 30-40 minutes to the end.
- Sauces: If you find your sauce isn’t thickening you can turn the slow cooker up to high and leave the lid off. This is done best when there is only 30 minutes of cooking time left.
- Time Consuming: For more time-consuming items such as vegetables, place them at the bottom and then layer from there. The veggies will take the longest, but will cook faster when placed on the bottom.
- Spray: To avoid a mess, spray your empty Crock Pot with cooking spray. This will help with clean up at the end and avoid sticky messes.
- Stand Alone: When using your Crock Pot make sure it is away from everything else while it’s cooking. Because it is mostly unattended it needs to be in a safe spot with no hazards.
- Dairy Last: A good rule of thumb is to add dairy as the very last ingredient, as it can react badly with other ingredients and temperatures. If you need to add milk do it in the last 60 minutes for the best results.