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    Adapting recipes from smaller crock-pots/slow cookers to big

    Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:52 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Hi, I have a Nesco 6-qt. slow cooker/roaster? icon_confused.gif and I am wondering how I should adapt recipes that are for smaller slow cookers, i.e. 1-1/2 - 4-qt
    Thanks! icon_wink.gif
    Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:08 pm
    Forum Host
    Slow cookers work most efficiently when they are 1/2 to 3/4 full. So if a recipe is designed for a smaller crockpot, you may need to increase ingredients by some amount to make sure that it is at least 1/.2 full.
    Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:47 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Thanks so much! I really don't need to buy a lot of different slow cookers so this helps. I didn't know about the efficiency level but it does make lots of sense.

    Happy New Year!
    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:09 pm
    Forum Host
    Duonyte's right on target as usual. Sometimes, I'll assume ingredient are about 2 lbs/quart (like water) and estimate what size food items are needed to fill up my crock-pot. A 2 lb roast would be about a quart which is fine in a 1.5 quart cooker, but is shy about 2 quarts for a 6 quart cooker (half full is 3 quarts). So, a 6-quart cooker can take a 6 lb roast or a 2 to 3 lb roast and a number of potatoes, carrots, etc.
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