Crock Pot 101
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If original recipe calls for 1/4 to 1/2 hr,
cook on low for 4 to 8 hours or
cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours
If original recipe calls for 1/2 to 1 hr,
cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours
If original recipe calls for 1 to 3 hrs.,
cook on low for 8 to 16 hrs. or cook on high for 4 to 6
Low is 180 to 200 degrees
High is around 300 degrees
The cooking times sure aren't very specific, but only a
guideline given by the Culinary Arts Institute.
*Decrease liquid - liquid does not boil off in a crock pot
*Don't add cheese, or other milk products until the end of cooking, they tend to break down during long cooking times. Some recipes call for cooking with cheese the entire time, (i.e..: breakfast casseroles) without any problems being reported on this list that I know of. You can also substitute cream of whatever soups - you can make your own vegetarian version if interested - for milk products.
*Don't add rice, or noodles until the end of cooking - they will turn into mush by the end of the cooking time. Allow around 20-30 minutes on high to cook. Alternately, you can cook those items separately and stir in just before serving or serve the main dish over it.
Add less spices or wait until the end of cooking time.
*You can thicken your soup or gravy by adding a milk or water & flour mixture at the end of the time, or take off the lid and allow some liquid to boil off.