My food seems to be cooking too fast – what should I do?
If cooking with the high setting and food has been cooking for less than 5-6 hours, then turn the setting to low to slow down the cooking process.
Can I place ingredients in the slow cooker the night before and leave it in the refrigerator?
Yes, but it is very important to understand that starting to cook with cold stoneware and cold food will affect the ramp up time of the slow cooker. Always add sufficient time into the cook time to ensure food is safe, as well as tender. It is recommended to use an instant read thermometer when cooking with chilled stoneware and chilled food to ensure food temperatures reach well above 165°F and food becomes tender. Never place your stoneware (whether it has been refrigerated or is at room temperature) in a pre-heated slow cooker base.
What’s the difference between "Low" and "High" cooking?
Both "High" and "Low" stabilize at the same temperature; it is just a matter of how long it takes to reach the simmer point. Once food reaches the simmer point, total cook time is dependent on cut and weight of meat to reach the point of maximum flavor and texture potential. Most dishes can be prepared on either "High or "Low."
What are the typical cook times for Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers?
Typical cook time for Crock-Pot® SlowCookers to reach simmer point is 209°F:
Low: 7-8 hours to reach the simmer point
High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point
How do I convert cook times between "High and "Low?
Below is a conversion chart to illustrate the comparative cook times for "High" and "Low"*
|3 hours||7 hours|
*** It is not recommended to convert recipes with cook times less than 7-8 hours on "Low" or 3-4 hours on "High."
What is auto-shift to warm?
Auto-shift to warm setting is a great feature when you’re running late. The Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker will automatically shift to the warm setting when your food is done cooking. This will keep your meal warm, so Dinner is Ready When You Are.™
What are the typical slow cooker food loads and their respective cook times?
|Meat Cut||Meat Weight||Low Cook Time||High Cook Time|
|Large Pork Roast*||6-7 lbs||9 ½ hours||7 ½ hours|
|Pork Loin||3-4 lbs||6 hours||5 hours|
|Poultry**||6 lbs||7 ½ hours||6 ¼ hours|
|Beef Roast||3-4 lbs||8 hours||5 ¾ hours|
|Stew Meat||3 lbs||6 hours||4 ¾ hours|
|Fish***||2 lbs||3 ½ hours||1 ½ hours|
Note: All cook times are approximate. Appropriate cook time varies according to specific meat characteristics for fat content and connective tissue as well as other ingredients added to dish, including liquid, size of meat cubes, type of vegetable, size of vegetable dice, how high slow cooker is filled, etc.
* Pork butt, pork shoulder
** Whole chicken, Bone-in turkey breast
*** If fish is stirred in after Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker has been fully heated to stabilization/simmer point, it will cook within 15-30 minutes.
How much should I fill my Crock-Pot® SlowCooker?
A Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker should be at least ½ full to ¾ full for best results.
Does the water evaporate in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker?
Slow cookers have very little evaporation. If making a stove top recipe for a soup, stew, or sauce, reduce the liquid or water. If the meal result is too thick, liquids can be added later.
Can I reheat in my Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker?
Reheating is not recommended. However, the stoneware is microwave safe and oven proof, up to 400°F. Many slow cooker dishes are just as good the day after, before the flavors have had time to blend together.
Should I pre-brown meat?
Some people prefer the convenience of not pre-browning meat before adding to the slow cooker. Pre-browning meat does create another layer of prep work. If you prefer to pre-brown meat, borwn or sear meats in a skillet, prior to adding to slow cooker. This will create greater depth of flavor to any dish as well as melt out fat that can be poured off before slow cooking.
What do I do if the recipe indicates a range of quart sizes or a range of ingredients?
The recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes and a range of ingredient amounts. If using a smaller quart size, please use the smaller ingredient amount. If using a larger quart size, please use the larger ingredient amount.
How do I cook for larger quantity yields?
When preparing dishes with beef or pork in a larger unit, browning the meat in a skillet before adding to the slow cooker yields the best results; the meat will cook more evenly. Roasted meats, chicken, and turkey quantities may be doubled or tripled and seasonings adjusted by half. Caution: Flavorful spices such as garlic and chili powder will intensify during long slow cooking. Add just 25 to 65 percent more spices as needed to balance the flavors.
When preparing a soup or a stew, you may double all ingredients, except liquids, seasonings, and dried herbs. Increase liquid volume by half, or as needed. The slow cooker lid collects steam, which condenses to keep foods moist and maintain liquid volume. Do not double thickeners, such as cornstarch, at the beginning. You may always add more thickener later if needed.
When preparing baked goods or cheesecakes, it is best to simply prepare the original recipe as many times as needed to serve more people.
Can the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker be used unattended?
Yes. Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers are safe for countertop cooking for extended periods of time. If holding food on the warm setting for a long time, cut back on the cook time accordingly to reduce overcooking.
How do I test my slow cooker’s cooking temperature?
Using an instant read thermometer will ensure that your unit is up to temperature. Crock-Pot® SlowCcookers reach the simmer point and stabilize on both "High" and "Low" at about 209°F.
In general, what is the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker?
There is no such thing as a crock pot. Crock-Pot® is the brand that invented the slow cooker. Crock-Pot® is the original slow cooker. We have many different models to serve individual needs, including an array of sizes, programming and features.
The other brands of slow cookers do not perform like the original slow cooker - Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers. With the thick heart of stone that "cooks all day - while the cook's away®." Buy the real one, the original, the same brand of slow cooker your Mom and Grandma used; you will most likely know the difference.
Can I use the Cook & Carry™ locking lid when my slow cooker is cooking?
If your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker includes the Cook & Carry™ slow cooker locking lid feature on the glass lid, the unit should not be in the locked position while cooking.
Can I preheat my base prior to placing the inner stoneware inside my slow cooker?
No. It is never recommended to pre-heat the slow cooker base.
Removable stoneware is ovenproof and microwave safe. Do not use removable stoneware on gas or electric burner or under broiler. Refer to chart below:
|Part||Dishwasher Safe||Oven Safe||Microwave Safe||Stovetop Safe|
|Stoneware||Yes||Yes, but not in the broiler||Yes*||No|
*Refer to your Microwave oven manual for operation with ceramic Stoneware
What do I do if the power went off during the day?
If you suspect that the power has gone out during the day, the food may be unsafe to eat. If you are unaware of how long the power was out, we suggest you discard the food inside.