Post # 1
Is it possible to use my slow cooker to make dinners if I am gone from the house from 7 am – 6 pm?? Usually all the recipes I see, the longest cook time is 6-8 hours, on low. Has anyone ever left their cooker on low for 11 hours?? I have some good recipes to get me started, but I don’t want to overcook the food…
Oh, and feel free to share your fav slow cooker recipe 🙂
Post # 3
@doxielove: yep. i always leave my slow cooker on. I leave the house around 8 and get home around 6.
I love the pot roast recipe on the back of the lipton onion mix. and a new favorite is skinnytaste’s chicken cacciatore. i made it last week and it was to die for!
Post # 4
Most newer slow cookers come with an automatic “turn down” feature. After the cooking time is done, it automatically switches to a “keep warm” setting.
Post # 5
I leave mine on for 10 hours, then it clicks over to a “warm” setting until I turn it off. 🙂
Post # 6
Do you have a timer that goes onto the plug receptacle? Like those ones that turn on lights when you are not home? Then you can time your slow cooker so it won’t overcook!
Post # 7
I’ll be completely honest – I still haven’t even taken the cooker out of the box yet – it was a wedding present and I’ve been married for 10 months now
I’ll have to check this out when I go home.
Post # 8
@doxielove: you will love it! i use mine every week
Post # 9
I agree with others either a timer or if your slow cooker has the turn to warm setting that is the best! If you are cooking chicken, you might not want to use a regular timer that will keep it out in the pot without being cooked for a few hours. That could cause some health problems. I usually just cook the things I want to slow cook on the weekends so I don’t have to worry about that stuff.
Post # 10
Mine has no automatic off and that hasn’t slowed me down at all — I’ve left it on for 11 hours easy!
My favorite thing in the world is to make white bean chicken chili in it. In fact, I made some yesterday. I am convinced that slow cookers are the greatest invention of all time — I get home to food and it’s like someone else cooked for me!
Post # 11
I made the most amazing chicken tacos the other night. Put 3-6 chicken breasts in your cooker, a 16 oz. jar of salsa and a packet of taco seasoning. Stir it up and let it cook for 6-8 hours on low. Then shred and eat with toppings. They were delicious and SO easy to make.
Post # 12
I just use a timer that plugs into the outlet. I plug the crockpot into the socket on timer. The timer cuts off power to the crockpot at whatever time I set it to. $5 at Walmart.
Post # 13
I wish my had a setting that turned it to warm after a certain time. I wouldn’t use the timer that shuts off power though, because then it’s just sitting at room temperature. I think it is usually fine for a little longer than the recipe says (obviously put it on low not high). I did burn something once, but I didn’t fill up the crock pot enough so I think that’s why. Just make sure the pot is over half full and you will probably be ok.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone!!! I’m very excited about using the crock pot!
Post # 15
I’m not super comfortable leaving my alone for a really long period of time. I will take off for a few hours. I’ve also cooked stuff at night in it. I turn it off and let the food cool as soon as I get up, and pop it in the fridge before I take off. Then when I get home I just have to reheat in the microwave.
Post # 16
Oh yeah. There’s time I use it for over 12 hours, but I’ll keep it on keep warm – which is pretty much a low for my crock pot. Low is a high and high is extremely high. Hahaha. Seriously, it’s ridiculous.