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Old 02-24-2012, 04:30 PM   #11
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if I were to start on high the first hour would I then subtract that hour off the low time? Or 2 hours off low since 1 hour on high is equal to 2 hours on low?
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:40 PM   #12
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My first crockpot many years ago had the function to start at high and turn to low later on, automatically. I was disappointed that my new one doesn't have that. It has to be done manually. Fine for me since I'm retired, but wouldn't be good for someone who wants to have their meal ready when they come home from work.
Agreed. And this is a common complaint about the newer programmable s/cs. Wish they had a setting for that. I just always started out on high, then going to medium or low. Still like doing it. And like you, I'm retired.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
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the ones who do start of on high then go to low,do you adjust your time on low? SherryDAmore,and Zhizara?
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #14
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if I were to start on high the first hour would I then subtract that hour off the low time? Or 2 hours off low since 1 hour on high is equal to 2 hours on low?
The time-temperature thing is not constant for all times. It's quite a complex relationship that depends on a lot more factors than wattage and time. And it's only very roughly 2:1 and can well be 1.5:1. As I said, the size and thickness and material of the pot and food load change things.

I would say that if the cooking time is critical, check it a bit earlier than you would for being set to Low the whole time. But then, if time and temperature are that critical, a crock pot is probably not the right tool. Most crock pot recipes that really need a crock pot will have such long cooking times that the difference will not be very much.

But I really think the 1-hour on high thing is a relic that's been superseded by the new higher Low temperature designs. For true critical cooking times, a cooker like the cooker/fryers that are thermostatically controlled would work better.
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I just bought America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution today at Sam's Club Amazon.com: Slow Cooker Revolution (9781933615691): The Editors at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen: Books and am eager to try some of the recipes. A brief look through the chicken section said to always cook your chicken on low, some of the chicken was browned first, some was not. They also gave a way to test your slow cooker temperature to ensure yours is cooking at the same temperature as their test ones.

Again, I haven't had time to read the book (more like a large magazine) 144 pages.....
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:17 PM   #16
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I just bought America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution today at Sam's Club Amazon.com: Slow Cooker Revolution (9781933615691): The Editors at America's Test Kitchen, America's Test Kitchen: Books and am eager to try some of the recipes. A brief look through the chicken section said to always cook your chicken on low, some of the chicken was browned first, some was not. They also gave a way to test your slow cooker temperature to ensure yours is cooking at the same temperature as their test ones.

Again, I haven't had time to read the book (more like a large magazine) 144 pages.....
I have this on my Kindle. Nice!
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Good explanation GLC!

And Merlot, regarding testing crock pots, when I get around to it I'll fill my crock pot about half way with water and put my remote meat thermometer probe inside and see what temperature it stabilizes at, then repeat on high--just for future reference. Let us know if the ATK book has a better method.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #18
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the ones who do start of on high then go to low,do you adjust your time on low? SherryDAmore,and Zhizara?
I deduct a half hour. Just the way I do things. BTW: I've been cooking ATK/CI's recipes for years. Highly recommend them. They are not open and dump; you have to do some prep work, but dadgummed, they're good!! And yes, I hav SCR.
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the ones who do start of on high then go to low,do you adjust your time on low? SherryDAmore,and Zhizara?
Mine was automatic. I filled and turned it on, dinner was done when I got home from work.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:17 PM   #20
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so if we are using a new crockpot and come across directions that say to cook at high for one hour ...should ignore bec. Of the newer tech.? Would that be the way to go or should I still do it?
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