What do you create when you want to make a tasty meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking it?
Meals are prepared in a slow cooker!
They’re tasty and simple to make.
But you almost certainly make mistakes unless you’re an expert.
These are the most common errors to avoid!
1) Putting Food in Frozen
Cooking frozen meat is not advised since there is a chance that bacteria will develop before the meat reaches a safe temperature.
Before adding it to the stew, just thaw it in the refrigerator for the entire night or give it a quick microwave defrost.
2) Taking A Peek
This one is hard to resist.
The house smells amazing and you want to make sure everything is going smoothly.
But just one peek into the crockpot can add up to thirty minutes to your cooking time.
So resist the temptation and wait.
3) Purchasing Pricey Cuts
You should expect very soft meat when using a slow cooker.
Therefore, save your money and skip the fancy steak.
The least expensive piece of filet mignon available at the grocery could still be tender.
Now go ahead and give it a shot.
4) Using A Cooker That Is Too Small
Usually, we make use of what we have.
If your cooker is too small, your food won’t cook; if it’s too big, it will taste like it was cooked in a skillet.
Choose the appropriate size for your family and don’t go back.
Alternatively, purchase a multipack of various sizes.
5) Using Chicken With The Skin On
Cooking chicken with skin in the oven or stovetop is ideal.
You get that nice crispy sear that you know you love.
But try it in the crockpot and you’re left with mushy, slippery skin. If you like the skin, try cooking your chicken in the oven until the skin is golden before using it in the crockpot.
6) Adding Fresh Herbs Too Early
Normally, fresh herbs are the way to go.
But when it comes to crockpots, you can usually steer clear and go for pre-packaged dry herbs.
If you do add fresh ones, make sure you do it minutes before the food is done.
7) Don’t Burn the Meat
How many times have you seen a recipe call for searing the meat beforehand, only to forget about it and add the raw meat to the pot?
There’s no way around it.
You won’t regret searing your meat first if you want the best possible dishes.
8) Improper Layering
Incorrectly layering your vegetables, meat, and other ingredients might lead to inconsistent cooking or even raw food.
To avoid this, follow the recipe exactly, and if in doubt, put the meat on top and the root veggies on the bottom.
Vegetables that cook quickly can be added to anything.
9) Cooking Dairy Products
Any chef will tell you that cooking dairy in a pot is rarely ideal.
Even a slow cooker can’t cook it slow enough.
If you do have to add dairy to your recipe, mix and cook it beforehand and add it near the end of your cooking time.
10) Using Too Much Alcohol
This is fine.
But when you’re cooking your food slowly, it may not get hot enough to eliminate the alcohol content and will leave your food saturated.
Cut back on the amount and you will thank yourself later.
Watch the video below to find out more about these common mistakes.