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                              Crockpot Tips 1
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Crockpot                         Beef
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   LEAVE IT ALONE The main advantage of slow cooking is to set and forget  
 it. You do not need to tend the pot. By all means do not hestitate to 
 leave your home while your crockpot is on. DO make  sure it is not 
 touching the walls or  or other appliances. STIRRING  Stirring is not 
 required for the great majority of crock- pot recipes.  Occasionally I 
 encounter one that requires basting, but that is most  infrequently. KEEP 
 IT COVERED LEAVE THE LID ON. I cannot stress this point enough. Every time 
 the crockpot is uncovered, 1/2 cooking time is lost.  NEVER remove the lid 
 during the first two hours when baking breads or  cakes. Most pots have a 
 glass lid, so you can see pretty much whats going  on inside. If for some 
 reason you must open the pot, make sure you do all  your additions then to 
 minimize overall heat loss. COOKING TIMES It is  best to follow the 
 recipe’s instructions, but a general rule of thumb is  ONE HOUR ON HIGH 
 EQUALS TWO HOURS ON LOW. If for some reason you cannot be  there at 
 exactly the time specified to turn it off, don't worry. Because  of the 
 low cooking temperatures your food will not burn. HIGH ALTITUDE  COOKING 
 Allow more time than given in the recipe at altitudes over 4000  feet. 
 TEMPERATURES There are generally two temperature settings, low and  high. 
 Low is 200 degrees and high is 300 degrees. FROZEN FOODS When using  
 frozen foods in a recipe, thawing prior to adding them to the pot is  
 essential, actually more because you risk damage to a ceramic pot liner  
 more than anything. If you have a metal crockpot you may add frozen items  
 but several extra hours of cooking time must be added as well. (JO’s note) 
  (I have cooked frozen food successfully) SPICES Because so little  
 evaporation takes place when cooking with this method, spices tend to be  
 intensified. I am careful not to over-season and just before serving make  
 my corrections. FOIL SPEEDS COOKING To save time, aluminum foil may be  
 placed under the crock pot lid. The foil reflects the heat back onto the  
 food and I feel keeps the heat in the pot a little more effciently.
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