A slow cooker could tremendously aid in cooking with a busy schedule and ensuring that the food is healthy and the key nutrients are not lost during the cooking process. However, when preparing meals in a slow cooker, it is necessary to take certain precautions and make sure that the requirements are fulfilled. When cooking in a slow cooker, there might be instances when you do not turn off the cooker timely or had added lesser liquid which might result in food getting burnt in the slow cooker. Though this mess could be cleaned however; it is better to prevent such a mess as it is said “prevention is better than cure”.
Preventing food to get burnt in the slow cooker is certainly easier than cleaning the mess created by such burns. Here are a few tips that could help you in preventing food from burning while using a slow cooker:
Using a Slow Cooker Liner
A slow cooker liner is quite similar to an oven bag. It is made of heat safe plastic and lets you cook the food inside it. Slow cooker liners are particularly useful for cooking items which have a sugary sauce base, such as Barbeque sauce, or items that contain cheese. This is because sugar and cheese burns quickly and using a slow cooker liner could prevent burns and food sticking in the cooker.
Using Non-stick Cooking Sprays
Non-stick cooking sprays will aid in preventing food getting burnt in the dish. Spraying the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray will generally also aid in preventing the finishing of the slow cooker for releasing from the bottom and sides of the slow cooker if the food get burns.
Strictly Follow the Recipe Time
When cooking in a slow cooker you must not only follow the recipe but also ensure that you cook for the specified length of time. In the case the recipe mentions a time range instead of a specified time (like 5 to 6 hours rather than 5 hours), cook for the minimum limit (like 5 hours) and then look whether it is yet done or not. If the food is done, turn off slow cooker and in case the food is yet not done, cook longer until the maximum limit. Many slow cooker recipes generally have time ranges as different slow cookers cook at different speed and time.