Classic slow cooker recipes like chili can cause stains and…
Discoloration to occur. Get your slow cooker looking brand new again with a simple solution of white vinegar and baking soda.
Sweet and savory party mix is toasted to perfection in the slow cooker. The low and slow cooking method ensures each and every bite is as evenly crisp and delicious as the last. Plus, you’ll be able to greet your party guests while the snacks are slow cooking away.
Ingredients like pasta and cooked beans can turn mushy in the slow cooker if they are left unattended for too long, and dairy can curdle if it spends too much time over high heat. Always add these ingredients last to heat through without turning to mush. Gooey brownie cake takes almost no time to prepare, and gives you the excuse to use your slow cooker for something sweet.
Despite the low cooking temperature, it’s possible to overcook recipes in the slow cooker. Control cooking time and temperature by investing in a plug-in attachment if your slow-cooker does not have a programmable dial to eliminate guess work and ensure mouthwatering results. Slow cookers are a great way to make hearty breads like corn bread, if you ever find yourself short on oven space. This would be a great option during the holidays when your oven is packed to the brim.
Use your slow cooker as a DIY heating station by plugging it in and placing it on the dinner table or where food is being served. This method is especially helpful if you plan on feeding a crowd and are worried about food getting cold before it’s ready to be eaten. Every time you remove the lid from your slow cooker, you can add up to 30 minutes of cooking time to your recipe, due to escaped heat. Unless a recipe calls for ingredients to be added mid-way through, always keep the lid of your slow-cooker on when it’s in use. So, don’t touch that lid!
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