How to use a slow cooker

Our beginner's guide to using a slow cooker shows you how to get the most out of this essential kitchen kit, plus gives you ideas for slow cooker recipes too.

Points to remember:

  • Keep vegetables chunky so that they retain their shape. 
  • Use 1/3 less liquid when cooking in a slow cooker.
  • Submerge herbs in the liquid so that you get the most from their flavour.
  • Brown meat first to add flavour.
  • Thicken sauces with a little cornflour mixed with water if needed.
  • You can put a slow cooker on before you go to bed or when you go to work as it cooks very gently and evenly.
  • You can also make sweet things in a slow cooker - such as our slow cooker cheesecake.

Check out some more slow cooker recipes:

Slow cooker aubergines
Slow cooker pulled pork
Slow cooker ribs
More slow cooker recipes



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Joan Freeman
22nd Nov, 2016
Good tip.
RachelVaisse's picture
20th Feb, 2018
What about using frozen vegetables in a slow cooker? Thanks for any tips
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. You can use frozen vegetables but we would suggest defrosting them first so cooking time is not affected.
12th Jun, 2017
What is a slow cooker? You make it sound like it's some sort of utensil rather than a method of cooking.
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. You'll find out more about slow cookers here:
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