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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ian raison's picture
ian raison
1st Dec, 2018
Where can I find this recipe please
Joan Freeman
22nd Nov, 2016
Good tip.
kletindub
6th Oct, 2018
Is there a link for this recipe to see the quantities used?
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goodfoodteam
12th Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question. We don't have this exact recipe online but there is a great selection here to choose from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/slow-cooker
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RachelVaisse
20th Feb, 2018
What about using frozen vegetables in a slow cooker? Thanks for any tips
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goodfoodteam
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.
Vern70
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.
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goodfoodteam
22nd Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. You'll find out more about slow cookers here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-top-tips-using-slow-cooker
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