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Adapting Recipes For Crock Pots

Adapting recipes for crock pots is easy.

You probably have favorite range-top or oven-baking recipes that you wish you could prepare in a crock pot.

You can--and successfully, too!

Crock pot cooking is easy, time saving, delicious, and budget friendly. And a crock pot doesn't heat up your kitchen in the summer time like an oven can. So, why not adapt?

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Then come back to I've prepared some guidelines so you can convert your old favorites and GET THEM RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.


You don't have to get the lengths of time your food cooks "exactly right." A few extra hours on Low will not ruin your food. It is simmering and often in broth or other liquid, so is not going to dry out.

But we still need a general suggestion for converting time when we adapt recipes for crock pot cooking.

  • If your usual recipe says 15 to 30 minutes, cook in crock pot 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours on High or 4 to 8 hours on Low. (If the meat is raw when you start, usually it will require at least 8 hours on low).

  • If your usual recipe says 35 to 40 minutes, cook in crock pot 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

  • For 50 minutes to 3 hours, adjust crock pot time to 4 to 6 hours on High or 8 to 18 hours on Low.

    Did you know that "High" is about 300 degrees F and "Low" is about 200 degrees F?

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    adapting herbs and seasonings

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