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    Big Slow Cooker. Little Food

    noob_for_life
    Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:53 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    We purchased a slow cooker to help with a large meal we were planning. It was great and now we want to use it all the time.

    The problem is cooking for just us. It's a reasonably large one (7 quarts). I was hoping to make osso buco for tonight for three of us. I realized that all of the liquid might be too spread out to fully or evenly cook the meat.

    Should I worry about this? Is there something I can do? Do I need to buy a smaller one?

    Thanks!

    Gary
    duonyte
    Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:16 pm
    Forum Host
    It is a problem, since the slow cooker should be at least half full to work efficiently. it will cook way too quickly - at least, much more quickly than any directions would suggest, when it's less full. To control it a bit, ou can put something in a heatproof casserole and place it within the cooker. Depending on what you are making, you can also make individual foil packets (for example, if u are making fiish fillets, make individual packets with a fillet and a portion of the ingredients).

    I use a 3 1/2 quart cooker for most things, a 5 qt for roasts and if I am making a lot of something. I am normally cooking for two.
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:10 pm
    Forum Host
    A smaller pot would solve your problem; however, another option is to cook more than one meal at a time. Crockpot liners are great for keeping the crock clean during cooking, but by using two, two separate meals can be cooked at the same time - if cooking times are similar.
    noob_for_life
    Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:22 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Duonyte:

    Thanks much for the warning. You saved our meal. I cut 1.5 hrs off of the cooking time. The meat came out delicious and tender! My older teen gave the feeling that he would be happy to eat it again (a real coup!).

    I'm now in the market for a smaller cooker.

    Thanks again!
    noob_for_life
    Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:24 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Red:

    That's a great idea. I'll keep it in mind. Thank you for helping with my education on this. We're thrilled to be using the slow cooker and learning more about how to.

    Gary
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