Here’s How To Fix 7 of the Most Common Crock Pot Problems

So, you love food and don’t have much time to cook? In that case, use a slow cooker. It is a great appliance that makes wonderful dishes, but it can be a little intimidating when you start using it.
You may have several questions about how to use it and avoid the most common mistakes…

Here are 7 common slow cookers problems and what to do if and when you encounter them!

Problem #1: The food isn’t cooking evenly.

This is a common problem with slow cookers. If you’re making a beef stew with carrots, for example, some carrots may be mushy while some are too hard. Food that’s cut into pieces that are the same size will cook more evenly than food that’s chopped haphazardly. Very soft and fast cooking vegetables can usually be added towards the end of the total cooking time so they don’t break down into mush.

Problem #2: It makes too much food.

Many slow cooker recipes make large portions, especially for small households. Luckily, many meats roasts, soups and stews freeze well so you can store them for days you’re too busy to cook.



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Problem #3: The food’s too liquid.

For slow cookers, you need about half the amount of liquid that traditional recipes for the oven or stovetop call for. If the recipe isn’t optimized for a slow cooker, cut the amount of liquid by about 50%.
If your final dish comes out too watery, remove the lid and turn the slow cooker to high for about an hour. This will allow some of the moisture to evaporate, thickening the sauce / broth.

Problem #4: Meat comes out dry / tough.

When you’re cooking meat in the slow cooker, the leaner the cut, the drier it tends to get. That means fattier cuts of meat like pork shoulder roasts and beef pot roast do better than leaner ones, like pork sirloin or chops. If the meat comes with skin or a fat cap, leave that intact to keep the meat from drying out.

It’s also possible that the meat simply cooked too long.

Problem #5: You aren’t sure whether to use the low or high setting.

Believe it or not, the low versus high settings aren’t different final temperatures. Rather, the high setting gets the slow cooker to boiling point faster than the low setting. Then, the contents will remain at a simmer for the rest of the cooking process. I personally prefer the low setting because I think meat comes out a bit more tender with the longer cooking time.
Check out the Slow Cooker Conversion Chart HERE.

Problem #6: There’s no automatic shut off / timer.

This one’s a valid concern with a simple solution. If you can’t be around to switch off the slow cooker and yours has no automatic shut off, purchase a lamp timer! Then, plug your machine into that, set it, and it’ll turn off even if you aren’t home.

Problem #7: Don’t know what to cook…

This is an easy one… Simply go to the home page and find hundreds of delicious slow cooker recipes

Final note: Always read the user manual before using an appliance.

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