Why Brown Meat Before Slow Cooking?

To brown meat before slow cooking is a much-debated question among the slow cooker community. Some folks swear by it and are convinced that searing meat is a must, others just consider it unnecessary extra work. After all slow cooking should make preparing a meal easy. Fact is when searing meat at high temperatures it … Read more

Oil For High Heat Cooking And Frying

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Not every vegetable oil is suitable for high heat cooking. You have to pay attention to some of the oils’ specific properties when heating it, otherwise, chemical reactions occur and can create harmful compounds. Which oil is best for high heat cooking depends on the smoke point. This indicates the temperature at which the oil … Read more

Pesticide Residues in Cooking Oil

Cooking oils extracted from several oilseed crops are an important source of human nutrition. They are rich in saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and several other fat-soluble vitamins. Therefore, these oils are widely used for cooking and processing in the food industry. Do cooking oils contain pesticide residues? Synthetic pesticides are widely used to … Read more

How To Make Homemade Jam

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For many years, summer and autumn were the classic canning time, to preserve the harvested fruits of the warm season for the cold winter month. Today, however, making your own jams has acquired a completely new status and is done throughout the year. But how do you make homemade jam? Every season brings out its … Read more

What To Cook In A Slow Cooker And What Not To Cook

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Wondering what you can cook in a slow cooker? Well, you can cook almost all of the dishes you could cook in a conventional pot in a slow cooker. Dishes with meat such as stews and chilies are particularly tasty. You can also prepare delicious vegetarian or vegan meals with a slow cooker. However, with … Read more

Slow Cooker Temperature Guide

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A slow cooker differs from other kitchens especially by one feature – long cooking times at low temperatures. This method of slow, gentle cooking produces very tasty dishes.  In addition, slow cooking will preserve essential nutrients and vitamins in the food. Slow Cooker Temperature Guide Here is an easy-to-read slow cooker temperature guide that shows what is … Read more

Slow Cooker Not Hot Enough Or Too Hot?

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The idea of Slow Cooking is to gently heat food to a temperature below the boiling temperature of the water.  In fact, slow cookers or crock-pots have usually two or three temperature settings that regulate and maintain the cooking temperature over many hours between 65 to 95 degrees depending on the setting. Is the slow … Read more

Slow Cooker Sizes – The Bigger The Better???

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When you are on the mission of buying a slow cooker then finding the ideal size is most important. The various slow cooker sizes have different benefits depending on what dish you plan on cooking and for how many people you are going to cook. If you prepare meals only for yourself and your partner … Read more

How Long To Slow Cook Meat? Cooking Times At Low Temperature

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Slow cooking at low temperatures is a healthy and tasty way of preparing delicious meals. The low temperature between 165 F to 200 F avoids dehydration and possible toughness – the meat remains juicy and tender. The cooking time is substantially longer than at higher temperatures, but it does not require any supervision and can … Read more

What Temperature Does A Slow Cooker Cook At?

Slow cookers warm up to a temperature of least 165 Fahrenheit to a maximum of around 200 Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to kill bacteria and germs, but below the regular cooking temperature. Slow cooking food at low temperatures for a long time, changes the food in a way different from cooking at boiling temperature. Most slow … Read more