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Crock Pot Meals Can Offer A
Welcome Change Of Pace

by Char Gietz

Use some of these helpful tips when you get started!

Whether you have just received a new Crock Pot, or you found an old one in your pantry and you decided to renew your cooking creativity, there is literally a whole world of recipes out there to be discovered! Creating a variety of interesting meals has never been easier.

There are some cooking tips that can save you a lot of headaches later on, however.  While using your slow cooker is a breeze compared to most appliances, keep in mind these tips before you dive in.

  • Browning any meat on the stovetop before adding it to your slow cooker can give you a better taste, as well as cutting down on the fat.  Draining the meat and patting dry before adding it to the crock pot can help make the dish healthier.
  • To ensure evenly cooked vegetables (especially dense ones like potatoes and carrots), cut them no larger than in 1-inch thick, and make sure theyíre placed on the bottom so they get even heat.
  •  If the recipe calls for any milk or dairy product, donít add it until the last hour of cooking.  They break down over the long cooking period.
  • Add any noodles to a recipe during the last hour as well.  They also donít hold up well over long periods of time, and will break down.
  • Donít ever lift the lid to during the cooking process!  Every time you take it off, you lose heat equivalent to 30 minutes of cooking time. 
  •  Donít ever subject your crock pot to sudden changes in temperature, like pouring cold water inside right after itís done cooking.  This can cause cracks in the ceramic dish.
  • Herbs can be tricky sometimes.  Any whole herbs, such as cloves, work best over long periods, so adding them at the beginning of the cycle is a must.  Ground or dried herbs can lose their flavor quickly over the long haul, so these must be added close to the end of the cycle for best results.

Thereís no better way to save time and create great meals than by using a slow cooker.  If you keep in mind these simple tips youíll be ensured a great dinner for you and your family!


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