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Slow Cooker Meals

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Sara Elnakib

on 26 January 2017

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Transcript of Slow Cooker Meals

How a Slow Cooker Works
Slow Cooking is Easy!
Extra Safety Precautions
Slow Cooker Meals
Use Little Electricity
to Cook
Cheaper and safer than an oven
No gas means less heat in the home while cooking
Many Different Sizes
Slow cookers can vary in size
Can be anywhere from 500ml to 7L
Thawing out Meat
Filling the Pot Just Right
Fill the slow cooker more than 1/2 way, but no more than 2/3's way
Too much will cause food to heat unevenly
Too little will cause foods to overcook or burn
The simple, hands-free way to cook!
The Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker
Tenderize Cheaper Cuts of Meat
Lower cooking temperature can soften meats better than an oven
Certain meats may get tougher inside an oven
Easy to Clean and Use
Only two parts will get dirty
pot and lid
Preparing as easy as cleaning
place everything inside and come back later
Long Cooking Times
Certain dishes can take hours to cook, allowing for hands-free cooking
Cooking can be done while away at work
Ready to eat when you get back
Difficult to Burn
Low temperature and long cooking time makes it difficult to burn foods
Difficult to burn even when overcooked
Simple Design
Divided into three parts
Inner pot for holding food
Outer part for heating pot
Easy to Use
Heating is controlled from the front of the slow cooker
Place glass cover on top when ready to cook
All set to cook!
Slow Cookers Heat
Up Slowly
Also, cut your raw meats into smaller pieces
Pieces that are too large may not cook evenly in the slow cooker
this can lead to bacteria forming in cold meat while cooking
Saving Your Leftovers
Keep leftovers in shallow containers in the fridge or freezer.
Do NOT use a slow cooker to heat leftovers
will harm texture and take far too long
Thawing out Meat
Be sure to thaw meats out in the fridge instead of the counter top
Temperature "danger zone"
40-140 degrees Fahrenheit
When meat is left on the counter to thaw, it can potentially grow bacteria because it is within this range
Slow Cooker Recipies Make Big Meals
Most recipes for slow cooking are made with leftovers in mind
Saving leftovers for the next day is an easy way to feed yourself or your family without cooking everyday
Be sure to refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking
Slow Cookers Heat
Up Slowly
Let the slow cooker heat up before placing things to cook inside it
Bacteria can grow inside the raw food when taking raw food out of the fridge and placing in a cold slow cooker
Simple to Cook, Simple to Clean
Most slow cookers will heat up differently
Be sure to consult the heating guide that may come with whichever slow cooker you may purchase
Slow Cookers Vary in Temperature
Filling the Pot in the Right Order
Vegetables on bottom, meat on top of veggies, liquid on top.
Veggies take longer to cook than meats, which is why they are on the bottom.
Being inside the liquid helps the veggies cook faster
A liquid can be a low-sodium broth or sauce
Making a Complete Meal
Try adding other things to your slow cooker at different times in the cooking process
Rice
Pasta
Dairy
More vegetables
Slow cookers are just as easy to cook with as they are to clean.
The only parts that will get dirty are the inner cooking pot and the lid
Compared to cooking with several pots and pans, slow cooking is far easier to clean up
Spray the inside with non-stick spray to make cleanup even easier
Healthy Meal Planning
Make half your plate fruits and veggies.
One quarter of your plate grains
(preferably whole grains).
One quarter lean proteins, meat, beans, legumes,
or nuts.
Stick with low or no-fat dairy.
Eat portions that won't leave you uncomfortably full
Reduce your sodium intake by using fresh/frozen veggies over canned.
Use low sodium broths or limit
your use of soy sauce.
Reduce your consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
like soda, and replace it
with water.
Slow Cooking with Vegetables
Frozen or Fresh?
You can use either, but try to stay away from canned veggies
Canned veggies have a lot of sodium
Frozen can be better in some cases
Frozen or Fresh?
Frozen veggies are picked at the peak of freshness while fresh veggies need to be shipped far from their farm
Fresh veggies are ripened "off the vine"
Shipping long distances can mean less flavor and nutrients for you
Freezing
Frozen Veggies
Freezing process is healthier than you would think
Veggies are blanched in hot water or steam to kill bacteria, and to preserve nutrients
Veggies are then flash frozen to preserve their freshness
Preparing
Frozen Veggies
Frozen veggies can be prepared via steaming or microwave
boiling them will cause them to lose nutrients in the water
Thawing
Your Frozen Veggies
Frozen veggies can easily thaw out in the fridge for cooking the next day
If thawing veggies
and
meat, be sure to keep them in separate containers
this avoids cross contamination
Use Frozen
Veggies in Soft Recipes
When thawing out meat in a fridge, be sure to let it thaw overnight.
It may take longer, but it is a great deal safer.
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