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6 Easy Ways To Adapt Traditional Recipes To Crockpot Recipes

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You probably wonder how you can adapt your traditional recipes to crockpot recipes now since you’ve started to use your slow pot cooker regularly.

The simplicity of preparing a meal with a crockpot a.k.a. slow cooker has completely transformed the lifestyle of busy families. Families are now eating healthier and consuming less fatty, fast food with the assistance of their slow cookers.

Is a crockpot the same as a slow cooker

While a Crockpot is a type of slow cooker, not all slow cookers are Crockpots. So, a crockpot is typically a slow cooker with different heat distribution.

Crockpot uses stoneware, ceramic, or even porcelain pots rather than metal pots. Slow cookers generally heat up slower than crackpots because the pots of the slow cookers sit on the bottom

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Here are six suggestions to help you adapt your most beloved traditional recipes to crockpot recipes.

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1. For vegetables like peas and broccoli, add them to your recipe in the last 15 – 60 minutes. This will help them to retain their vibrant color and avoid over-cooking them. On the other hand, if you’re are going to use frozen vegetables, don’t forget to add them to your crockpot recipe during the last 30 minutes of your cooking.

2. Always ensure you soak your dried beans so that they are completely softened before adding them to any of your recipes. If your recipe includes ingredients like tomatoes, salt, or sugar, then your beans should definitely be soaked before cooking.

3. Whenever the recipe calls for pasta, shellfish, milk, or other dairy items, wait until the last 60 minutes of cooking to add them, and only cook pasta until barely soft before adding it to the cooker. Because they can endure extended cooking times, condensed cream soups are a viable substitute for dairy products.

4. For every 1/4 cup of rice used in a dish, add an additional 1/4 cup liquid.

5. When using a traditional recipe in your crockpot, always remember to cut the liquid in half.

6. When making vegetable-heavy stews and soups, layer the vegetables on the bottom and sides of the slow cooker before adding the meat on top.

Traditional Recipe Adapted for the Slow Cooker:

15–30 minutes traditional = 1.5–2 hours high or 4-6 hours low in the Crockpot

35 – 45 minutes traditional = 3 – 4 hours High or 6 -10 hours low in the Crockpot

50 minutes – 3 hours traditional = 4 – 6 hours High or 8 -18 hours low in the Crockpot

If you’re like most families, your slow cooker makes a large amount of food per meal, so you’ll almost certainly have leftovers.

Always keep in mind that you should never reheat leftovers in the crockpot. One of the additional benefits of slow cooking is the ability to prepare a large amount of food and freeze it for future meals.

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