Let’s continue our slow cooker series. Earlier we talked about which size slow cooker was right for you and today you are going to learn how to maximize your slow cooker to reach its fullest and deepest potential.
Let me explain.
Ever been frustrated by slow cooker recipes where everything turns out as one big unidentifiable mush? Or, ever been proud of yourself that you preplanned a slow cooker dinner only to remember that you still have to prepare the side dishes?
Today you are going to incorporate something new in your life by adding layers in your slow cooker.
In the opening photo you will see beef ribs, Yukon gold potatoes, and canned Italian tomatoes nested together in my slow cooker. If I had left the tomatoes on the bottom of the crock and not in its own separate container, the slow cooking process would have left it a mushy mess, indistinguishable due to rib juices swallowing its tenderness.
Instead, this is how it turned out.
Next time your recipe calls for a deeper layer on the bottom, no worries… simply place a canning jar in the middle and use it as a stand for another layer. A poached egg holder is another excellent slow cooker layering support. Any ovenproof container will work great, just be sure there is enough air space at the top to allow circulating air to assist in cooking.
I hope this tip opens up a whole new world for you when it comes to planning out your next slow cooker meal.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.
PS:: Next time we will talk about how you can prepare a slow cooker meal ahead of time so your elderly parent or young child can easily have a hot meal ready for them.