Low and slow: the ultimate guide to slow cooking

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    Guide to slow cooking Easy Food

    Slow cookers are having a real moment, and why not? They’re useful, versatile, and really help you plan in advance. Here’s the Easy Food guide to using your slow cooker to the best of it’s abilities!

    Safety first. 

    1. Thaw meat, poultry and frozen vegetables before cooking.
    2. Remove cooked food from the slow cooker insert before refrigerating.
    3. Don’t reheat slow cooked meals in the slow cooker.

    TOP TIPS FOR SLOW COOKING:

    1. Always read the manual as different models vary in cooking times and settings.
    2. Fill the slow cookers between half and three-fourths of the way full so that the food cooks evenly.
    3. Keep the lid on during cooking to maintain temperature.
    4. Too much liquid? Remove the lid and increase the heat to high for the last 30 minutes, or add some cornflour blended with liquid to thicken the sauce
    5. Chop vegetables into equal sizes to help them cook evenly.
    6. Sauté onions, mushrooms and garlic before adding them to the slow cooker.
    7. Drain tinned beans before adding them.

    Best cuts of meat for slow cooking.

    • Beef – Chuck steak, skirt, stewing beef, round steak
    • Lamb  Shanks, neck, shoulder
    • Chicken – bone-in cuts, whole chicken
    • Pork – Leg, shanks, shoulder, loin chops, ribs

    Slow cooked pork shoulder Easy Food

    When to add ingredients to your slow cooker:

    Ingredient

    When to add

    Onions, potatoes, carrots and squash

    Beginning

    Peas and corn

    Last 30 minutes

    Spinach and leafy greens

    Last 15 minutes

    Tinned beans

    Last 15 minutes

    Milk, cream and sour cream

    Last 15 minutes

    Fresh herbs

    Just before serving

    Cooked pasta or grains

    Last 30 minutes

    Fish

    Last 15 minutes

     

    How to convert recipes for a slow cooker:

    Slow cooker conversion times

    If a dish usually cooks in the oven or stovetop for…

    Then cook in the slow cooker on high for…

    Or cook in the slow cooker on low for…

    15-30 minutes

    1½-2½ hours

    4-6 hours

    30-45 minutes

    2-3 hours

    6-8 hours

    45 minutes – 3 hours

    4-6 hours

    8-12 hours

     

    What is the difference between low and high settings?

    The high and low settings refer to how long it takes to reach the simmer point, so 7-8 hours on LOW or 3-4 hours on HIGH. Most dishes can be prepared on either setting, so times are as follows…

    High

    Low

    3 hours

    7 hours

    4 hours

    8 hours

    5 hours

    9 hours

    6 hours

    10 hours

    7 hours

    11 hours

    8 hours

    12 hours

     

    Once you get all the advices and tips to get the most out of your slow-cooker, you’re ready to try our mouth-watering slow-cooker meals.