Converting a recipe to a slow cooker

slow cooker

Food52 recently published a useful article on how to change a recipe so that it can be made in a slow cooker. Here are some of the areas the article discusses - you can read the entire list and further description at How to Adapt Recipes to a Slow Cooker:

  • Determine size of your slow cooker
  • See if it has any hot spots (if so, it's usually found in the back - you can line it with foil to compensate)
  • Prep the ingredients correctly:  (for example, use fresh rather than frozen vegetables, pre- or par-boil cook rice, sauté garlic and onions ahead of time)
  • Layer the ingredients correctly and add the proper amount of liquid
  • Adjust the cooking time: The article has a conversion chart; in general, one hour of cooking at 350 °F equals 6 to 8 hours on a low setting or 4 to 6 hours on high.

And while we're on using slow cookers, we thought it would be interesting to see how many cookbooks the EYB library has specializing in the topic - there are 239. You can see them, ranked by popularity, here.


  • FuzzyChef  on  11/4/2013 at 12:27 AM

    Why does rice need to be precooked?

  • pwsnook  on  11/14/2013 at 1:40 PM

    I want to know how to convert a slow cooker recipe to cooking in a regular pot or dutch oven.

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