Want to get the most out of your slow cooker? Keep these tips in mind:
- Fill your slow cooker at least halfway but not more than two thirds full - this will allow the food to cook properly and safely.
- You can forgo morning prep and prep ahead of time by placing all the ingredients in the crock then covering and refrigerating over night. In the morning, place the crock in the slow cooker and turn it on.
- Don't open the lid to stir or "check" the dish during cooking (unless the recipe specifies that you do so). Each time you lift the lid, you increase the cooking time by 20 to 30 minutes.