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Five quick tips for using your crock pot

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Creating a meal using your slow cooker can be quick, economical and save so much time. Here are five quick tips for slow cooking that can make sure your meal comes out perfect every time.

  1. Make sure to fill the crock pot at least half full to optimize cooking. If your crock pot contents fall below the half full line, your food may not cook correctly.
  2. Don't overfill your crock pot. If filled more than 2/3 full, your food may not cook thoroughly.
  3. Cut all meats and vegetables into equal sized pieces. This will ensure that your dish is evenly cooked. No more undercooked carrots in the same dish as mushy celery!
  4. Brown meats before adding them to the crock pot. Though this will add a bit more time onto your prep, it will give a huge boost to the flavor of your meal and give the meat a much better texture at the end of cooking.
  5. Crock pots retain moisture, so when you are converting a stovetop or oven recipe, cut back on the amount of liquid the recipe calls for.

Crock pots are a great way to ensure a hearty, homecooked meal at the end of a busy day. With a few easy tips, you can take your slow cooker meals to the next level of cooking!

Find slow cooker recipes at NJ.com

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