Fall is quickly approaching, and it’s a great time to get out your slow cooker. DealDash welcomes fall with these slow cooker tips.
If you have a slow cooker, you know that it’s a wonderful alternative to using the oven. There is no mystery on how to use it, but certain things can make it a better experience. Read these suggestions from DealDash to improve your experience in the kitchen.
Give Your Root Vegetables a Quick Microwave First
The first thing that you should keep in mind when you’re making a meal in a slow cooker is root vegetables take longer. This is not a problem if you are going to be home and can let the vegetables such as potatoes and carrots cook for an hour before you add in the other veggies and the meat. However, if you are leaving for the day and letting the slow cooker make dinner in your absence you will want to use this tip.
Cut up your root vegetables, then put them in a large microwave-safe bowl, and add enough water to cover the veggies. Microwave them for 5-6 minutes, drain them, then put them in the slow cooker. Then you can add in your meat and faster cooking vegetables such as celery, onions, and mushrooms.
A Few Tiny Tips
Next, there are quite a few small things you should remember if you want your dinner to come out perfectly. Here they are in no particular order:
- Be sure that your meat is thawed before you begin cooking. Frozen meat can increase cooking time.
- Open the lid as infrequently as possible. Opening the lid to add an ingredient is fine, but don’t take off the lid just to look at dinner’s progress. It can take a while to heat back up to the proper temperature.
- Sear your meat first for a better flavor. Of course, you can just toss your meat into the slow cooker and it will turn out fine. However, if you want a really delicious flavor, sear it on all sides in a hot pan, first.
- Use recipes. You don’t have to go it alone! There are thousands of recipes for the slow cooker online. Hidden Valley Ranch offers 27 free recipes at this link right here, you should give it a look – most of them sound really delicious like this Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Fajitas.
Get a Slow Cooker on DealDash
Finally, if you’re in the market for your first (or a replacement) slow cooker, check DealDash first. You will find many excellent cooking items on DealDash. Take a look at all the slow cookers on DealDash. However, if you’re more in the mood to browse, the Kitchen and Dining category is a great place to start. Are you ready to find something new for your kitchen today?
Thanks for Reading
I hope that you found this new article on using a slow cooker helpful. Use these tips and your next dinner will delight the whole family. If you need any kitchen items DealDash can help you. Check out the DealDash Kitchen and Dining Category. Have fun and happy bidding everyone!
This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Come see Dawn and her cats on Instagram. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.