Food How to Turn (Just About) Any Recipe Into a Slow Cooker One

01:52  13 october  2017
01:52  13 october  2017 Source:   Taste of Home

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This conversion chart turns just about any recipe into one for your slow cooker . As you can see, you're basically just taking the baking/simmering time a conventional recipe calls for and translating it into a slow cooker time.

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1. Skip the Guesswork

Instead of floundering around doing test after test, find a similar slow cooker recipe to use as your guide. Note the amount and volume of meat and vegetables it calls for, plus the cooking time, heat setting and amount of liquid you add to the pot. 

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2. Time It Right

Slow cookers cook slowly because they're set at lower temperatures. Most of them hit about 190º on low and 300º on high. Typically, we like to start with this basic formula:

1 hour of simmering on the stove or baking at 350º = 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high in a slow cooker

That's how long it takes for meat to reach food-safe temps. So reduce cook times accordingly: If your pork tenderloin roasts for 30 minutes in the oven, for example, reduce slow-cooking time to 4-5 hours, and so on. 

3. Tweak Ingredient Amounts

Because slow cookers trap steam, you may need to reduce the liquid measurements in your new recipe. If the original calls for 6-8 cups of water, for example, start with 5 cups. Don't leave liquid out entirely, though. If the base recipe doesn't include any liquid at all, add 1/2 cup of water or broth to create some steam in the crock. Before you get inspired to bake your signature chocolate chip cookies in the slow cooker, keep in mind that most baked goods just don't turn out right without an oven. (We have a vanilla cheesecake that does, though!) For best results, stick to main dishes like these dump dinners, soups and saucy appetizers.Follow these tricks and you'll have a slew of new low-and-slow recipes before you know it.

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In the recipe below, we break it all down and turn this beloved recipe into a soup. I like to rice my cauliflower using a food processor, but you can always use a grater, which works just as well. Transfer the beef mixture into a 6-quart slow cooker .

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