Homestead Hack: Shorter Cooking Times In Slow Cooker

by Tammy Taylor~

We all love our slow cookers, right?  I mean, what’s not to love??!  You plunk ingredients into the vessel and walk away.  The slow cooker does all the work!  You only have to walk in tired from a day at work and smell the delicious aroma of supper ready & waiting to serve!  Yeah, we love our slow cookers here at the Homestead, and we use them a lot.  Oftentimes for preparing our supper.  Sometimes I use it for overnight cooking when making Homemade Applesauce or simmering bones for a delicious Homemade Broth.   I know a slow cooker is more energy efficient than using the oven or even the stove top in many cases.   But I’ve found a way to speed along the cooking times while keeping it on set to an energy-sipping ‘Low’.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack.

Would you like your slow cooker to cook your food a little faster on 'Low' and save a little energy too? Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

No matter what I’m cooking I want that slow cooker to do its job with the least amount of time & purchased energy possible.  Whether my slow cooker uses a glass lid or one of those plasticy-looking ones, insulating that top will help my slow cooker work more efficiently.  And it oftentimes cuts the cooking time drastically, even though the dial is set to ‘Low’  What’s this big secret?  Lean closer.  (shhhhh….)

I simply lay a clean kitchen towel over the top.

Easy?  Yes.

Simple?  Yes.

WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT BEFORE??  Perhaps!

Shorter Cooking Times In Your Slow Cooker. Would you like your slow cooker to cook your food a little faster on 'Low' and save a little energy too? Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Give it a try next time you’re running a little short on time in preparing your next slow-cooker meal – you’ll be amazed at how quickly it’ll cook.

~TMH~

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14 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Shorter Cooking Times In Slow Cooker

  1. Grandmas House DIY

    Great Idea! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma’s house we go link party! Hope to see you there tomorrow morning when the new party starts!

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  2. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Hmmm… I’m going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

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  3. Dee

    I have a glass top to my crockpot. Turn it upside down and arrange foods to be heated on it. Can even bake potatoes,etc if a long cook time is planned. Cover with tinfoil sheets from Dollar tree}save sheets and reuse many times. Add other layers if desired.Cover again and I use my Mothers metal dishpan to cover all. Fun to see how many foods you can heat/cook at one time with only the crockpot. Also a pizza pan works well as a cover for the pot.Thank you for all the great ideas you send to us. ps,once foods are layered up,they should not be disturbed until time to serve.

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  4. Dee

    Great idea! I have a glass cover to my crockpot.Turn it upside down and place food to be heated in it, even potatoes for baking. Cover all with tin foil sheets from Dollar Tree,save and use again. Keep stacking foods as desired and cover with my Mothers Metal dishpan. Heating tower,as used to be done in home demo with cooking pots stacked up 3 or 4 high. Longer cooking foods will yield many additional uses for this Tower. Energy efficient!!!!!!

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  5. Pam Kaufman

    Great tip! Will definitely try this next time I use my slowcooker. Another helpful hint for those of us in colder climates-use a heating pad set on low to rise bread. I love homemade bread but in the winter it can take forever to rise. Works great!

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  6. ColleenB.~Texas

    Clever Idea. I use my cookers; crock pots almost everyday as well. I own 5 crock pots (all different sizes) along with 3 different sizes of Nesco cookers and some days I may have 2-3 going at once I’m having one of them V-8 moments; (slapping my forehead) like; why didn’t I think of doing that : -}

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