Easy Crockpot Tips and Recipes

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easy crockpot tips and slow cooker recipes

Easy Crockpot Tips and Recipes

Using your crockpot can save you a lot of money, slash the amount of time you have to spend preparing meals, allow you to prepare more wholesome meals for your family and reduce your overall stress. Cooking with a crockpot can also save a lot of energy, because you don’t have to heat up the house in the summer when you’re trying to keep it cooler. Here are a few crockpot tips and recipes from our new Easy Crockpot Recipes and Menus e-book to help you with your crockpot cooking.


Crockpot Tips

  • Unless the recipe states otherwise, always cook with the lid on your slow cooker. It is best not to open the lid while cooking.
  • Many recipes that you cook in the oven or on top of the stove can be adapted to the slow cooker. If it takes 2-4 hours to cook in the oven or on the stove top then it will take about 4-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low in the slow cooker.
  • If you need to reduce the liquid, take the lid off for the last half hour of cooking. You could also make a mix of 2 teaspoons cornstarch with some of the liquid from the dish and stir it into the rest. Then allow it to cook and thicken.

  • If you find yourself going out to eat a lot because you hate the clean up, then try using slow cooker liners. It is much less expensive to use them than to eat out. Liners are especially good to use when you have company and during the holidays.
  • To make slow cooker dishes even easier and faster keep a supply of ingredients like cooked hamburger, sausage, bacon or ham in the freezer. Then you won’t have to dirty a skillet or take the time to cook things like hamburger before you toss them into the slow cooker.
  • Normally you should fill your slow cooker about 3/4 full, especially if you are cooking soups and stews. Add the ingredients and then add liquid to fill it to 3/4 full.
  • If you have a large slow cooker and a smaller recipe, simply put the recipe ingredients in an oven proof dish (like Pyrex) and set it down inside your slow cooker. Then cover and cook.


Barbecue Chicken Crockpot Recipe

4-6 pieces chicken
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken. Cook on low in the slow cooker about 4-6 hours.


Brown Rice and Chicken

1-2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Combine all ingredients but almonds in a slow cooker. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on low 4 to 5 hours. Serve with almonds.


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  1. Kris says

    These are great ideas! I got myself into a bind a couple of years ago–many of the newer crockpots are for 5 or 6 quarts. I have 2 older style crockpots that are 3-4 quart sizes. I was in the middle of a recipe before I realized it was intended for a 6 quart crockpot. Fortunately I was able to divide it up into 2 crockpots, but now I check the recipe sizes much more thoroughly! :)

  2. LizA says

    I use my Automatic Bread Machine to make a batch of dough, then bake it in the 3-4qt Slow Cooker. Here’s today’s favorite:

    1c + 2TBSP Water (or more if necessary)
    1/4 c Sugar, Honey or Sweetener of Choice
    1-1/2 tsp Salt
    2 TBSP Butter
    1/2 c Shelled Sunflower Seeds, Roasted & Salted
    1 c Rolled Oats
    2 TBSP Non-fat Dry Milk Powder (optional)
    2-1/2 c Bread Flour
    2-1/2 tsp Instant Yeast

    Place ingredients in pan according to ABM instructions. Run on Dough Cycle. Place a piece of Parchment Paper in the bottom and slightly up the sides of your Slow Cooker. When the dough cycle is complete, shape into a large ball and place on the paper. Place a single layer dish towel across the top of the cooker (above the dough) to absorb excess moisture,then top with the lid. Cook on HIGH at least 1 hour, then check for doneness.

    I’m at 6300 ft above Sea Level, and a loaf this size takes at 1 hour, 15 minutes. The top will be pale and may shrink back a small bit after cooked. At the end of cooking, turn off but leave in the cooker 15 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack. The crust closest to the heating element will be darker and thicker — changing in color and thickness the further from it. Something for everyone!

  3. Laurie says

    I love crockpot cooking almost anytime. When it’s so hot here in Ohio, I put my crockpot (or crockpots) in the garage for the day so even that much heat is kept out of the house. It really does help keep the AC from working as hard.

  4. Ginny says

    I have trouble with sauces sliding off my chicken and thinning out on my meats unless I braise them before putting them into my crockpot. Is there a better way to stop this ???

    • says

      Boy Ginny I’m not sure I know the answer to that. Maybe one of our readers who uses their crock pots all the time can help.

      • Rosemary says

        Shop for the liners online. The difference in price from the grocery store is quite a lot. Don’t necessarily look for the Reynold’s brand just search “crock pot or slow cooker” liners.

  5. Rachel says

    Does anyone know where I can find crockpot liners & about how much they cost? Any help would be appreciated..thanks! :)

    • says

      Wal Mart and our grocery store carries them. They are usually in with the foil, plastic wrap and plastic bags. You may have to look good for them too because usually they are on the top or very bottom shelf. I’m not sure on the price and the price will very from place to place.

  6. donnab says

    I love the liners, but you can use them sparingly. for example, if I make something like soup or stew that doesn’t stick a lot, I don’t mind cleaning the crockpot. if I’m making a crockpot lasagna, though, I definitely use one. they are such time savers if you are in a hurry or just don’t want to stand there scrubbing!

    • says

      I agree you don’t need to use the liners all the time. I would just reserve them for really sticky things and like you said if you have company or something and don’t want to spend a bunch of time scrubbing.

  7. JamieKellogg says

    How much liquid is needed when cooking a roast or pork roast in crock pot? Does it need to completely cover the meat?

    • says

      You only need about 1/2 a cup of liquid because the water doesn’t evaporate in a crock pot. You can add water, broth or like to add leftover coffee. It gives the roast a rich (not coffee) flavor and makes the gravy more brown.

  8. Amanda says

    I have a 7 quart crock pot. To clean , I just soak the pot in warm water and baking soda for 15 to 30 minutes (Of course I do wait for enamel to cool a bit before putting it in the sink to avoid cracking). It usually makes scrubbing much easier. I also do this for my other pots, casserole dishes, etc. I never use liners even if I’m cooking with really sticky food. :)

  9. Miranda says

    Crazy, but if you are out of liners or don’t want to use them, put a dryer sheet in the bottom of the messy crock then add hot water. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes(long enough to wipe down the table and counters) :) then simply wipe the crock. Makes clean-up a lot easier. Hope it works for you, too.

  10. Dawn Fratzke says

    You can use the cooking liners (that you put in the oven) also for the crock pot liners in a pinch — I use the large roaster size for my 7 qt. crockpot. It really helps not having to scrub the sides of the heavy clinging goo (such as from crockpot potatoes).

  11. dale goodloe says

    I have no idea what size my crock pot is. It doesn’t say on it. Any suggestions to find out the size?

    • says

      Take a quart pitcher, jar or use a measuring cup – fill it with water and pour into your crock pot. If using a 1 quart jar and your crock pot holds about 3 jars full it is a 3 quart one if it holds 6 it is a 6 quart one. For a measuring cup a 3 qt. will take a total of 12 cups.
      This is an easy method to find the measurement for any thing.

      I tell people to measure their drinking glasses this way too. Most do not realize they and especially their children are drinking way more then 8 oz. of things and that is part of the reason there is so much problem with obesity now.Not so much what they are eating but how much.

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