Quantcast

Slow cooker questions, answered - KOAM TV 7

Slow cooker questions, answered

Updated:
© iStockphoto.com / Carol Gering © iStockphoto.com / Carol Gering
By Vanessa Voltolina
From Ideas That Spark 


Whether you’re a slow-cooking aficionado or a newbie, you may have some questions about how your slow cooking device really works. (I know I’ve had my share throughout the years.) Get the scoop on these five commonly asked questions, and kick your cooking up a notch!


Q: Can I leave a slow cooker unattended?


Yes. Slow cookers run on very low wattage, allowing you to cook a meal over an 8- to 10-hour period of time. But to be sure you’re leaving yours safely unattended, follow these safety precautions:

1. Fill your slow cooker between one-half and three-quarters.

2. Place it on a hard, flat surface.

3. Keep the power cord away from the edges of their surface areas.

4. Replace (or refrain from using) slow cookers with loose cords or any mechanical issues.


Q: Are the settings the same for all cookers?


The setting you choose dictates how quickly your slow cooker heats to the cooking temperature (210 F is the average for most). So if you choose a low setting, it will usually mean an 8- to 10-hour hour cook time at this temperature. Higher settings heat more quickly -- say, in 4 to 6 hours.


Q: Can I use a cooker with a conventional recipe?


Go for it, but you should be comfortable veering a bit off-recipe when it comes to your liquid. General recommendations are to cut the amount of liquid by a quarter; I’d advise experimenting with the recipe before serving it to a crowd and looking up a similar dish online for measurement guidelines.


Q: How can I prevent the cooker from boiling over?


Fill your slow cooker between half and three-quarters full, but no more. As many slow cooking websites note, losing heat (and therefore slowing down the cooking process) every time you lift the lid is usually more of an issue than the cooker boiling over.


Q: Does the longer cook time make it more difficult to clean?


Not really. But it is worth emptying (and cleaning) as soon as it’s cooled. While you can store food in the fridge in the stoneware, reheating in it isn’t recommended -- so I find it’s worth it to get the dirty work done ASAP.

Let stoneware cool before you place it in the sink and fill it with cold water. If it’s hot, it will crack. Use a damp paper towel to clean the base once it’s cooled -- don’t ever submerge it in water! Then, clean it like any other dish, using hot water, detergent and some elbow grease. If you leave the stoneware soaking for a few hours, spray some air freshener in your kitchen to reduce the odor.




Copyright © 2014 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.

  • Recipes from the KOAM Morning NewsAll RecipesMore>>

  • Fresh Spinach Salad Recipe

    Fresh Spinach Salad Recipe

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:17:40 GMT
    Eileen Nichols with the Webb City Farmer's Market stopped by KOAM Morning News on Thursday to share this recipe for a fresh spinach salad!More >>
    Eileen Nichols with the Webb City Farmer's Market stopped by KOAM Morning News on Thursday to share this recipe for a fresh spinach salad!More >>
  • Healthy Spinach & Spring Onion Dip Recipe

    Healthy Spinach & Spring Onion Dip Recipe

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:48:21 GMT
    Trent Kling with the Pittsburg Farmer's Market shares this recipe for a healthy spinach and spring onion dip!More >>
    Trent Kling with the Pittsburg Farmer's Market shares this recipe for a healthy spinach and spring onion dip!More >>
  • Sweet & Sour Green Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

    Sweet & Sour Green Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-03-25 09:00:19 GMT
    Chuckie Hessong with the Naked Fruit Company stopped by KOAM Morning News with this recipe for sweet and sour green cabbage with bacon!More >>
    Chuckie Hessong with the Naked Fruit Company stopped by KOAM Morning News with this recipe for sweet and sour green cabbage with bacon!More >>

EMAIL SIGNUP

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.