Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Hints


Create great crock pot meals using tips from the Just A Pinch Test Kitchen.

Cut food into even bite sized pieces to ensure even cooking. Also,...
Cut food into even bite sized pieces to ensure even cooking. Also, make sure to never use frozen ingredients.

Don't add cold ingredients to a hot container.
Don't add cold ingredients to a hot container.

Brown meats first.
Brown meats first.

Add browned meat to the slow cooker/crock pot. Be careful not to...
Add browned meat to the slow cooker/crock pot. Be careful not to over fill.

Then, add vegetables to slow cooker/crock pot. Again, being careful not to...
Then, add vegetables to slow cooker/crock pot. Again, being careful not to over fill.

Fill 1/2 to 2/3 full with liquid. Cover. Always cook with the...
Fill 1/2 to 2/3 full with liquid. Cover. Always cook with the cover on.

Season liberally and add fresh herbs in the last 60 minutes of...
Season liberally and add fresh herbs in the last 60 minutes of cooking. Avoid adding daily products until the last 60 minutes of cooking. Taste before serving; add spices as needed.


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2 Comments
Tad665
Tony Damron - Mar 24, 2017
What is the concern with using frozen ingredients? I use frozen chicken frequently in my crockpot recipes and have never had an issue. Thanks
Francine_Corry
Francine Corry - Sep 15, 2016
Brutal
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