Slow Cooker Tips

Choose the correct size slow cooker for your recipe. A slow cooker should be from half to two-thirds full.

The lid on your slow cooker seals in steam that cooks the food. So unless the recipe instructs you to stir in or add ingredients, do not lift the lid while the slow cooker is cooking. Every time you sneak a peek, the food will take longer to cook. The majority of slow cookers have clear plastic or glass lids to satisfy curious cooks.

Be sure the lid is sealed properly-not tilted or askew. The steam creates a seal.

Remove food from the slow cooker within 1 hour after it's finished cooking. Promptly refrigerate leftovers.

Pasta, if added to a slow cooker when dry, tends to become very sticky. It's better to cook it according to package directions and stir it into the slow cooker just before serving.

Choose the proper size slow cooker for the amount of food you are making. For example, to serve a small amount of dip, smaller slow cookers are ideal. To entertain or cook for a crowd, larger slow cookers work best.