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Crock pots are handy kitchen tools for busy home cooks who don't have time to watch a stove. A crock pot meal requires little attention while the food simmers, but you may end up with runny gravy. Adding too much water or broth may make your dish too watery. It only takes a few minutes to thicken up a gravy, even in a slow cooker. Enjoy rich, hearty meals by adding gravies to your favorite recipes.

Turn the crock pot on high at the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch with a 1/4 cup of water in a small glass bowl. Whisk the two ingredients together with a wire whisk.

Pour the cornstarch/water mix into the hot slow cooker. Stir the mixture in with a long-handled wooden spoon for 1 minute.

Tip

Get a smoother gravy by removing vegetables and meat from the slow cooker before adding the cornstarch.

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