If you’ve ever bought yourself a slow cooker, you’ll know how exciting it is to get started! Perfect for the busy family, you can set dinner to cook in the morning, leave the house and not worry about it burning down.
But aside from the recipes you get along with the slow cooker, you might be wondering how to make all your favourite recipes in your new appliance. Well luckily, there are some simple conversions to help you on your way:
However, if you’re transferring your recipe for the first time you may want to keep an eye on its progress! Every slow cooker will work a little bit differently, and recipes may translate better or worse, depending.
What else do I need to think about?
Liquids – these are completely necessary in the slow cooker, but thanks to the lid they won’t evaporate as much. If it’s supposed to cook down, add less liquid; if the recipe doesn’t include any, add some!
Meat – if you’re using ground meat, it will work better if you brown it first. Larger pieces may benefit from being seared first, but don’t worry about smaller bits like chicken or pork chops.
Size – your slow cooker works best when it’s 2/3 full – any less than that and it might cook faster and at a higher heat than you were expecting
Vegetables – try to make them as evenly-sized as possible, and hold off adding any soft vegetables like tomatoes and peppers until the last hour of cooking. The same goes for dairy products.
Try out this recipe for pulled pork that’ll provide you a tasty meal with very little effort.
- 2 thinly sliced onions
- 4 sliced garlic cloves
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 4-5 pound pork shoulder with netting removed
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
In a bowl, mix together the sugar, chilli powder, salt, cumin and cinnamon
Pat the pork dry and rub all over with the spices
Place the pork on the top of the onion and garlic, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on high
Turn the slow cooker off and take the pork out, placing it onto a cutting board
Strain the liquids from the slow cooker and return the solid chunks back to it
Shred the pork into small pieces, getting rid of any big bits of fat, then return it to the slow cooker
Add barbecue sauce, mix and combine
Add a small amount of liquid at the time into the slow cooker until the pork is moistened
Taste and season
Serve in fluffy white or brioche rolls!