Post # 1
I’m making cheeseburger soup in the crockpot, and I’m thinking I didnt put enough cheese in it and should add some more. But I know you’re not supposed to take the lid off of them while stuff is still cooking. Its supposed to cook for 4-6 hours and its been on for about 3, so its still got some time to melt new cheese. Should I go ahead and add it, or is that an absolute no-no?
Post # 3
@allyfally: Some people who wrote a slow cooker book were on tv and said it doesn’t add as much cooking time as people say, in their experience.
Darling Husband and I stir our slow cooked meals most of the time (just once). Opening the lid once shouldn’t be a big deal. If we are cooking on low we will turn it up to high for 15 min or so just to get everything really hot again.
Post # 4
It is not going to hurt it if you open the lid. I have done this many a time it is not a big deal.
Post # 5
I open the lid all the time to stir or taste test, I really don’t think it makes a difference. I think it will be fine to add more cheese.
Post # 6
It’s fine. I open the lid a lot while I’m cooking.. in fact, I didn’t even know you shouldn’t!
Post # 7
@allyfally: I lift the lid when I’m making meals in the crock pot so that I can stir them, and I haven’t had a problem.
Post # 8
Eh, I open the lid all the time and things are fine. I guess I’m a bad CP cooker 😉
Post # 9
I usually just turn it up to high for a bit, and then back down to whatever temp it’s supposed to be and add some cooking time.
Post # 10
Haha, I wasnt expecting this many responses! Good to know though, cause I went ahead and put the cheese in. I’m kind of wishing I had done it earlier, cause now my hamburger is all clumped together. I broke it apart when I put it in the CP, so I figured it would cook all crumbled up. Guess not.
Post # 11
I didn’t even know that was a thing. We take the lid of plenty if we need to add or stir or whatever.
Post # 12
@allyfally: lol I was expecting a ton of NEVER DO THAT IT ADDS HOURS!
That’s what I had always heard about slow cookers, but I ignored it and it looks like most other bees do to!
Post # 13
I’m a crock pot addict, and I can say that taking the lid off has never ruined anything I’ve made.
As for the meat clumping, I wouldn’t be too worried about that. I find that stuff clumps a lot in crock pots but can be broken apart at the last minute, stirred up, and be just fine as long as there is enough liquid and sauce in there.
Post # 14
@allyfally: I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to remove the lid. For a pressure cooker yes, but a crock pot I can’t imagine it would make a huge difference. If it’s just adding cheese to melt though then I’m sure you could add it when it’s all done and it’ll melt pretty quickly.
Post # 15
If you’re worried about the time being added on (I did read this somewhere…), your food will have been cooking long enough and will be hot enough when it’s done cooking for you to stir in cheese and it will TOTALLY melt. Just stir it in until it’s blended. I always make potato soup on stovetop and I don’t add cheese and milk until AFTER it’s off the heat. The residual will do your job for you. 🙂
Post # 16
I never knew you couldn’t open the lid.. I’m always opening it to stir stuff (whoops!) But I’m also usually pre-cooking any meat I put in there because I don’t 100% trust it to cook raw meat.