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Slow Cookers: Beyond the Basics


University of Illinois Extension, serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties, invites you to learn with "Know How, Know More." This post is about slow cookers. Decide how you want to learn, be it reading, watching, and sharing content.

Are You Being Food-Safe With Your Slow Cooker?
Check your steps when using a slow cooker and make sure you are not likely to make yourself or your family sick.

1. Fill cooker between half to two-thirds full.
2. Under-filling may lead to dry foods. Over-filling may lead to unsafely cooked foods.
3. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of turning off cooker.
4. If you do not know how long you were without power, throw away the food.
For more tips, watch the Slow Cooker Food Safety video and read the handout.

What To Do With An Old Slow Cooker

Test the cooker with water and see what temperature it reaches.  Watch the video - Testing Old Slow Cookers - for specific instructions, or read the directions below.


Recipe Ideas

Are you wanting new slow cooker recipe ideas?  Watch three recipe videos with step-by-step instructions, and find the recipes for printing in the handout.


Adapt Your Recipes

If you have an oven or stovetop recipe you want to try in a slow cooker, adjust with these tips in the infographic.  Feel free to pin this one for future reference.  For more details on these five tips, read the main handout.

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Today's post was written by Caitlin Huth. Caitlin Huth, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator serving DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She teaches nutrition- and food-based lessons around heart health, food safety, diabetes, and others. In all classes, she encourages trying new foods, gaining confidence in healthy eating, and getting back into our kitchens.



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