So-Good Slow-Cooker Recipes
BROWNING MEAT isn't necessary before adding to the slow cooker, unless you prefer the flavor and look of browned meat. The exception: Brown ground meat to prevent clumping and to drain fat.
A SLOW COOKER works most efficiently when it's half- to three-fourths full. That's because
the heat comes from coils around the sides of the pot, rather than the bottom. When using a recipe, make sure it's sized for your cooker.
UNPLUG BEFORE CLEANING your slow cooker and never immerse the cooker or the cord in water. If there's a removable insert, you can wash it in the dishwasher. Or use disposable plastic slow-cooker liners for easy cleanup.
TO COOK A ROAST use a bigger slow cooker with 5- to 6-quart capacity, or cut meat to fit.