A slow cooker is a device widely used in most of the countries of the world to simmer food at a lower temperature. It presents a healthy cooking option and facilitates cooking that can be left unattended for a long time. It can be used to cook a vast variety of dishes ranging from bread to meat. The cooker uses electricity and keeps food stuffs at a steady temperature ranging between 79 to 93 degrees centigrade which is the ideal temperature for cooking certain foodstuffs. The maintenance of temperature ensures that food stuffs are not overcooked,under cooked or burnt.
How to use a slow cooker?
Given below are some of the tips that can help in making the most efficient use of a slow cooker
- Keep it in a safe place – While a slow cooker is quite safe to use,it can generate heat as it is an electrical appliance at the end of the day. So one should be careful enough to place it away from walls or other electrical appliances .Ideally a distance of six inches should be maintained when placing a slow cooker.
- Keep ingredients ready – Before switching on a slow cooker,one should keep ingredients like vegetable and meat ready.
- Use little liquids – Use water that fills only half the volume of slow cooker as water does not get evaporated easily as is the case with normal cookers.
- Close the lid tightly – It is essential to make sure that the lid fits snugly. If it is not well fitted,the cooker will not be able to cook efficiently.
- Adjust the settings – A slow cooker will usually have two settings namely high and low. Choose the appropriate settings in accordance with the time you want food to be ready.
- Relax – One of the benefits of slow cooker is that you can set it and walk away for hours. There is no need to even stir it in between as in the case of a regular vessel. You can check it after the food is ready in 3 or 4 hours time
- The warming cycle -Modern slow cookers are designed to enter into the warm mode once cooking is finished. However in case of some older models a person has to be present at the end of the cooking cycle to switch it off.