Cooking with a Crock-Pot is fast and convenient. Combine your ingredients, set the temperature and enjoy a fabulous meal when you return home after a busy day.
Cooking in a Crock-Pot requires about half the liquid of regular stovetop cooking. Knowing this, you can adapt most of your favorite recipes for the crock pot.
The high setting of the Crock-Pot is about 300 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking time is roughly half that of low-temperature cooking.
The low setting on your pot is about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. A recipe that requires two hours of cooking on high takes four hours on low.
Sear meat before adding to other Crock-Pot ingredients. This locks in juices and makes the meat more flavorful. Put ingredients that take longer to cook--meat, dense vegetables, beans--at the bottom of the pot where they are immersed in liquid and cook faster.
Temperature and cooking times vary depending upon your pot’s make, model and size. You should have some idea of your pot’s variability after using it a couple of times.
Traci Schatz has been writing since 1999. Working as a project manager for a Fortune 500 company, she developed training, wrote policies and quality assurance documentation. Schatz also writes business plans for emerging business. She has been published in "VoiceCatcher 5" and in the "Wordstock Ten" anthology. Schatz earned her Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University.