A Slow Cooker And It’s Benefits

As people become even more busy these days, they are constantly looking for more ways to save time. One thing we all can do is to take advantage of slow cooking. If you have never heard of this cooking method or are just curious to know more, here’s all of the information that you need to know about slow cooker cooking and benefits of it.

What It Is

A slow cooker, also referred to as a crock pot, is a small countertop appliance that allows users to simmer foods at a low temperature for long periods of time. Many different types of foods can be made in a slow cooker including meats, pastas, soups and even desserts. While the design may vary, most slow cookers have a medium and low setting and a lid to keep it covered while it’s cooking.

The Benefits

There are quite a few benefits to using a slow cooker. The biggest one is that it allows you to put a variety of foods in it, set it on low and just leave it unattended for hours while it cooks. There’s no need to constantly remove the lid to check on it. So basically you can put a piece of meat in it in the morning and come back in the late afternoon and it will be done. Another benefit of using a slow cooker is that you can easily cook big batches of food at one time. Slow cookers are great for cooking items like a pork roast or chili in large quantities. Using a slow cooker can also help you save money because it allows you to buy cheaper cuts of meat or throw leftover items into the slow cooker as the majority of items turn out good when cooked at low temperatures for hours at a time.

Tips For Using A Slow Cooker

In order to get the most out of your slow cooker utilize the following tips. Make sure you don’t overfill it. It should be no more than two thirds full. The lid should easily fit on the crockpot and you shouldn’t have to worry about the ingredients bulging out of the top. Don’t remove the lid too often to check on the meal. It will make it lose some of it’s heat and can alter the quality of the dish overall if you continuously check on it. For best results, preheat your slow cooker. Turn it on around 20 minutes before you add all of your ingredients. If you do a lot of slow cooking, you should invest in a good, quality slow cooker. While the 10 year old appliance that your mom gave you might still work okay, the best slow cooker models generally cook more efficiently and have a lot of different features that you might find convenient. One of the most important tips to utilize when using a slow cooker is don’t be afraid to experiment! You would be surprised at the number of things you can cook in it including cakes, hummus and even yogurt.

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