Crockpot Conversion Tips

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  1. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Notes: Recipes that lend themselves to Crock-Pot cooking are pretty much endless. Almost any recipe requiring simmering and even baking will work beautifully. Here are a few simple guidelines gathered from many
    resources over time to help you prepare your favorites in the Crock-Pot:

    Basic Tips On Converting Recipes to the Crock-Pot

    - Not too much in the way of preparatory steps are necessary.
    Vegetables do not need to be browned or sauteed. In most cases, all
    ingredients can be added to the Crock-Pot in the beginning and allowed
    to cook all day. Some Exceptions: milk, sour cream, or cream should be
    added during the last hour of cooking. If you want to use milk in an
    8-10 hour recipe, and for whatever reason don't have the time to add it
    midway through cooking, use evaporated milk.

    - Fish should be added during the last 30 to 45 minutes if cooked on
    high and approximately the last hour to hour and a half on low.

    - For mixed recipes requiring pasta, it's best to cook the pasta
    separately to al dente texture and add just before serving.

    - Reduce cooking times when using using small quantities.

    - 1 hour on HIGH generally equals 2 hours on LOW

    - Remember - liquids don't boil away as in conventional cooking.
    Usually you'll have more liquid at the end of cooking instead of less.
    Try reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by about 1/3 to 1/2.
    The exception would be soup recipes or recipes with long grain converted
    rice which will need the same amount of liquid or 1/4 cup liquid per 1/4
    cup raw rice.

    - When converting oven recipes to crockpot, spices may need to be
    reduced or increased. Whole herbs and spices increase their flavoring
    power in crockpot cooking while ground spices may have lost some flavor.
    Add ground spices during the last hour of cooking. Whole leaf and herbs
    will probably need to be reduced by half.

    - The Crock-Pot cooks so gently that a few extra hours on Low need not
    worry you. Any recipe may be cooked on High for the first two hours to
    reduce cooking time, then turn to Low.

    - Most uncooked meat and vegetable combinations will require at least 8
    hours on Low. Beef cuts will be better cooked on LOW for 8-10 hours to
    get a more tender texture, where chicken can be cooked on HIGH 2-1/2 to
    3 hours.

    -If regular recipe says: Cook in Crock-Pot:

    15 to 30 minutes ---------------- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on HIgh or 4 to 8
    hours on Low
    30 to 40 minutes ----------------3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 10 hours on Low
    50 min to 3 hour -----------------4 to 6 hours on High or 8 to 18 hours on

    Good cookin' !

    Source: slowcooker list
  2. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member

    great tips....Thanks!