Crock Pot “Slow Cooker” tips!

Using a crockpot or slow cooker is very easy; just add the food, cover, turn on low heat and cook all day. The newest crockpots on the market come with divided liners, timers to adjust the cooking start time. Crockpots may vary. Crockpots may vary.

Slow Cooker” Tips:

LOW setting is about 200 degrees F. and HIGH setting is about 300 degrees F. One hour on HIGH is approximately equal to 2 to 2-1/2 hours on LOW. Most crockpot recipes recommend cooking 8-10 hours on LOW. Some recipes recommend the HIGH setting based on the nature and texture of the food.

For example:

  • Beef cuts will be better cooked on LOW for 8-10 hours to get a more tender texture
  • Chicken can be cooked on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Reduce the amount of liquid used when using the LOW setting, crockpots retains all moisture that usually evaporates when cooking in the oven.

Add liquids for sauces about an hour before done. You will normally end up with more liquid at the end of cooking times, not less. A general rule is to reduce liquids by half.

Add ground spices during the last hour of cooking. Whole leaf and herbs will probably need to be reduced by half.

Soups, add water only to cover ingredients. If thinner soup is desired, more liquid can be added at the end of the cooking time.

crockpout cooking tips

Pasture raised chicken made in my crock pot

Ingredients:

  • Whole chicken: pasture raised
  • Kerrygold butter
  • 1 peppers
  • 1 onions
  • seasoning; garlic, red peppers and parsley

Directions:

  1. Cover chicken with kerry gold butter
  2. Add peppers & onions in crockpot
  3. Add chicken in crock pot
  4. Add season on top of Chicken
  5. high for 2hrs
  6. low for 5 hrs
  7. heat 8+ hrs until the chicken seems to break apart

Make sure you use the carcass for broth! Every part of this chicken delight should be used, happy eating!

Crock pot Chicken

 

Happy Eating!

 

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