In the modern life, not all people have enough time to prepare a well – cooked meal with many dishes at the same time. They don’t have all the time to cook each dish separately. That’s why people invented the slow cooker. It is a kitchen appliance that helps you to hand free from having to wait and adjust the ingredients continuously during the cooking process. You just need to prepare the ingredients, push the buttons and the food will be cooked for you – of course automatically. However, cook a dish using the slow cooker is very far from using it for the whole meal but still keep the flavor and the color of the food. Even the best slow cooker needs a handy housewife to work with its best. In this article, I will show you some small cooking tips to be a handy cook.
Never forget to boost up the flavors!
This tips is like an extra step to make your meal more colorful and mouth – watering. It’s not a must – have step for every cuisine. You can follow this or not if you don’t have time for some decorations and flavor adding. If you are in a hurry, just pour all of them inside the pot and leave it there until the food is cooked perfectly. The food is still good though.
On the other hand, the food would be so delicious and colorful if it has some little extra preparations. The meat is perfect with a brown and crunchy coat, the skillet would be perfect for some pre – fry for a little brown coat outside the meat. You can do the same thing with the vegetables. The coat can be kept with the meat or it can be put inside the slow cooker to increase the flavor for the cuisine. You can’t imagine the effects until you try doing it. It would be like no others.
The temperature is the key factor!
Some people say that no matter how you use the slow cooker, the food will still be fresh and juicy. It has a point I have to admit, but not with the wrong temperature. Basically, the heat can cook the food without damaging the nutrition inside, but it can also harm the food from the inside.
There is a range of temperature called “Danger Zone” which is between 40 degrees and roughly around 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Do you know why this heat range is danger? Because it is the best environment for the bacteria to develops and breeds. That’s why you should not keep the food inside the cooker for too long without turning it on.
Frozen ingredients are very dangerous to cook not because of the heat comparison. It’s because of the heating process. If the food is too cold, the cooker can heat it up fast enough and that would be the perfect condition for the bacteria to grow up.
To avoid falling into the Danger Zone, don’t try to cook the food without slicing it into small pieces. If you try to cook the whole fish or a big duck, even though the size of the cooking pot is still fit, because of the volume taken by the food, it would not be cooked evenly both inside and outside. Therefore to guarantee the food safety, you should divide the vegetables or the meat into small pieces and cook with moderate heat. Of course the time taken to cook the food would be longer but it would be safer and the temperature would be far from the Danger Zone.
In almost every recipe, there is a size limit and a heat instruction for the cuisine. With the size, it would normally more than 5 to 6 quarts so that the slow cooker would not be under filled. So if your family is not crowded of people, you can cook once for more than 2 meals. Just make sure that your food is satisfied with the food safety. Another thing is about the heat. You have to follow the rules so that the food can be cooked perfectly. Don’t forget to check the cooker for about 30 minutes before serving the meal.