Our loyal Facebook friends put us to the test with questions about using a slow cooker. We were hot to respond.
By Cindy Heller
Q. What is the best way to modify a favorite recipe for the slow cooker?
—Kathy Kent Nesbitt
A. Since liquid doesn't evaporate, you need a lot less than you would if you were making a conventional recipe. So cut the amount by at least half—you want just enough to cover the bottom, to ensure even heating. Also, reduce dried herbs by half, as the flavors become more concentrated while under cover. But the big difference is timing. Generally speaking, 1 hour conventional cook time equals 3 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW. The first time you try a recipe, check for doneness halfway through and near the end of the estimated cook time. Jot down your notes for future reference.
Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Slow Cook: on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 4 hours
Cook: 2 minutes