C rock pots or Slow cookers are a fabulous way of easily making hot,
warming and nutritious meals for your family, or yourself if you live
I f you’re leading a busy life you come home and won’t want to be
cooking up a full meal before you can eat – but with a crock pot or
slow-cooker you simply chuck your favourite ingredients in, turn it on –
and hours later there’s a gorgeous smelling, hot meal ready for you.
L ow Energy: Crock pots or slow cookers are energy-saving, so you’re
eating better at a lower cost.
G reat for the Retired or Less Mobile: If you’re retired or less mobile
than you used to be, a crock pot or slow-cooker is a great, easy and
safe way to make nutritious meals for yourself. If you’re a carer for
somebody, but can’t always be there at meal-times, then converting some
of their favourite recipes for a crock pot or slow-cooker can mean the
difference between them being able to cook for themselves safely, or
eating cold sandwiches.
T he question is, how can you adapt your cookbook recipes for your
crock pot or slow-cooker. Everybody has a huge collection of good
recipe books, gathered over the years as presents or things we bought for
ourselves. These recipe books are full of our old favourites and new
recipes we’ve yet to explore. It’s not possible to replace all of them with
crock pot or slow-cooker equivalents – but if you can just find a few, then
it will make it so much easier to use your crock pot or slow-cooker
I t’s lovely to have a couple of new crock pot or slow-cooker recipe
books – and I recommend you do get yourself a couple, but you don’t
want to waste your existing recipe book collection.
C rock pots or slow cookers give you great tasting meals that are
healthier and stop you opting for greasy fast-food just because it’s
Tips For Adapting Recipes For a Crock Pot or Slow-Cooker
Below are some great tips for adapting your traditional recipes for crock
pots or slow-cookers. Timings are based on a crock pot or slow-cooker on
a low setting.
• If you’re adding soft vegetables, such as peas or broccoli, to your
slow-cooker, add them in the final 15 – 60 minutes of cooking so
they don’t turn to mush.
• If you're adding frozen vegetables to your slow-cooker recipes, add
them to your crock pot or slow-cooker recipe only in the final 30
• Always soak any dried vegetables, such as dried beans, before
putting them in your slow-cooker, make sure they are completely
soft before adding them to your crock pot or slow-cooker.
• If you’re adapting a recipe that uses tomatoes, salt, or sugar, then
any dried foods should be soaked before cooking, to help them
retain their own taste more.
• Cooking pasta in your crock pot or slow-cooker, add this only in the
final 1 hour of cooking.
• Pre-cook pasta so it’s just a little soft, before adding it to your crock
pot or slow-cooker.
• If your crock pot or slow-cooker recipe includes seafood, milk or any
other dairy products, add these during the final 1 hour of cooking.
• An alternative to adding dairy products to your recipes is to use
condensed cream soups – these can withstand longer cooking times.
Try adding condensed cream of vegetable soup to meat to make a
great tasting stew in your crock pot or slow cooker.
• If your adapting a recipe that includes rice for your crock pot or
slow-cooker, add an extra ¼ cup liquid for every ¼ cup of rice.
• Reduce the liquid in your traditional recipe by ½ when you're
cooking it in your crock pot or slow-cooker.
• Place the vegetables on the bottom and round the sides of your
crock pot or slow-cooker – put any meat on the top.
Converting Your Traditional Recipes For Crock Pot or
Slow Cooker Cooking:
Traditional Cooking Cooking
Recipe Time on High on Low
15-30 minutes 1½–2 hours 4-6 hours
35-45 minutes 3-4 hours 6-10 hours
1-3 hours 4-6 hours 8-18 hours
I hope that helps you to convert your recipes to crock pot or slow-cooker recipes
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