The slow cooker, or crock pot, is certainly one of the most popular kitchen items. Who doesn’t like the idea of dumping in a bunch of ingredients, turning it on and leaving it to cook? But many cooks don’t use the crock pot correctly and the results show it. Are you making one of these 8 common slow cooker mistakes?
1. Don’t raise the lid. I’m not kidding. Not for a peek. Not “just to see how it is cooking.” Keep the lid on during the whole cooking process. A crock pot is designed to cook food over a long period of time and taking the lid off even for a few seconds means that the crock pot will lose the heat it has built up. The only exception is when you add food at the very end which needs a short time (dairy and fresh herbs.)