The leaves are changing colors, and it’s time to celebrate fall’s kitchen mascot–the crockpot! With our safety guide and delicious fall crockpot recipes, you’ll be well on your way to a warm and cozy season.
Slow Cooker Safety
First things first—food usually cooks and tastes better when prepared with care. Use these tips to start your crockpot adventures on the right foot.
- To avoid unsafe food temperatures, make sure all items are thawed before putting them in the slow cooker.
- Store meat and vegetables separately to avoid pre-crockpot contamination.
- Add liquid to your crockpot to avoid scorching the ceramic insert or cooking your food improperly.
- To serve leftovers, reheat them on the stove before putting them into a slow cooker to keep warm. Cooking on the “warm” setting is not efficient, and food may not cook thoroughly.
- To avoid scorching your slow cooker, refer to your manual for guidelines on preheating.
- Avoid using your crockpot if it shows these signs of damage: Cracks, frayed cords, and/or an inability to stay hot.
Crockpot Tips and Tricks
It may take a few tries to get the best use out of your crockpot, but these tips are the cheat code to helping you become a crockpot pro.
- Slow cookers work best when they are no more than two-thirds full.
- To get a good crust or finish on meat, sear or brown it in a pan before tossing it in.
- Items that cook more readily, such as pasta and dairy, should go into the crockpot within the last half-hour of cooking time.
- Vegetables take a while to cook, so put those on the bottom and sides of the ceramic insert to be closer to the heat.
- Dishes that take at least 45 minutes to cook should do well when made in a slow cooker.
Whether you want a hearty meal or an easy dessert, check out these recipes to set you on your path to becoming a crockpot connoisseur.
- Savory: Slow Cooker Oxtail and Butter Beans by the Cooking Maniac (a hearty Caribbean beef dish)
- Sweet: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp from The Taylor House (an easy oat and apple dessert)
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