How Do I Change to a Crock pot
Most big meals that Mom and Grandma cooked
were done in the oven or cooked for hours on the stovetop.
They constantly checked on it, stirred it, added more water, or generally
fussed with it until it was ready.
With todayís busy lifestyle, itís hard
to cook like Mom or Grandma did. Working
outside the home for 8 to 10 hours, you donít have the time to fix those
meals. The answer is to switch those meals to a crockpot.
Here are a few tips on converting those recipes over to a crockpot:
Generally, most uncooked meats and vegetable require at least 8 hours on the low setting. You usually need less liquid in the crockpot than the oven. As a rule of thumb, reduce the liquid by half when cooking on low unless your adding pasta or rice.
You may also need to adjust the herbs and
spices. Start with about Ĺ the
herbs that you normally use and donít add spices until the last hour of
cooking. Overcooking can make them
Be cautious with rice, pasta, seafood, milk and Chinese vegetables. They do not hold up in long cooking. Milk products tend to curdle. The others tend to go mushy. Add them to the last 1-2 hours of cooking for best results.
Any strong flavored foods may smother the flavor of the other foods during this long cooking process. You may want to reduce their quantity.
Here are some general cook times for ďMomísĒ meals cooked on LOW in a crockpot.