Preparation / Directions:
Here are a few simple guidelines that will help you prepare your favorites in the crock-Pot: --allow sufficient time on "Low" setting.
--Remember--liquids don't boil away as in conventional cooking. Usually you'll have more liquid at the end of cooking instead of less. Try reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe by about one-half. The exception would be soup recipes or recipes with long grain converted rice which will need the same amount of liquid or 1/4 cup liquid per 1/4 cup raw rice.
--Many preparatory steps are not necessary. Vegetables do not need to be browned or sauteed. In most cases, all ingredients can be added to the Crock-Pot in the beginning and allowed to cook all day. Exception: milk, sour cream, or cream should be added during the last hour of cooking.
--The rock-Pot cooks so gently that a few extra hours on Low need not worry you. Any recipe may be cooked on High for the first two hours to reduce cooking time, then turn to Low. If recipe says Cook in Crock-Pot: 15 to 30 minutes 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on HIgh or 4 to 8 hours on Low* 30 to 40 minutes 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 10 hours on Low* 50 min to 3 hours 4 to 6 hours on High or 8 to 18 hours on Low*
*Most uncooked meat and vegetable combinations will require at least 8 hours on