Friday, August 9 2013, 09:41 AM MDT
Crockpot expert Karen Petersen shares the solutions for these common slow cooker problems:
1. What kind of slow cooker should I buy?1 to 2 Quart Mini Slow Cookers: 1-2 people. Also good for dips and spreads.
3 to 4 Quart Slow Cookers: 3-5 people. I personally use my 3 quart slow cooker most often. It is perfect for my family of 4. These sizes also work well for larger quantity dips or appetizers, such as meatballs or chicken wings.
5 to 6 Quart Slow Cookers: 5-7 people This size is useful when trying to make complete meals that consist of meat, potatoes and vegetables in the slow cooker.
7 to 8 Quart Slow Cookers: 7 people. These are nice when making meals for large families or when you are having extra guests.
2. How do you get stuck on food off? Karen uses a dryer sheet to get crusty food off her slow cooker. She says it works better than anything else she has tried.
3. Solving the watered down mess…- If you are using chicken….first I would pat the chicken dry before placing in the slow cooker. (I wouldn't throw the chicken in frozen because that will add more liquid when the ice crystals melt.)- Dredge the chicken in a bit of flour before placing in the bottom of the slow cooker. (No need to brown. Just dredge in the flour and stick it in the crock-pot)- Add in 1-2 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca with the tomatoes and other ingredients. (This is my favorite trick. It thickens things up very nicely.)
4. Cooking for two in a large slow cooker.You can use any oven safe dish in your slow cooker! So take out that corningware and cook for two in a huge crockpot!
For more great tips, go to www.365daysofcrockpot.com
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