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. Just follow a few simple rules
and you're on your way.
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
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!
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