Originally Posted by angelicgirl2000
I have just brought my first slow cooker.
It's a 5 in 1 appliance with slow cooking, pressure cooking, rice cooker, soup and warming setting.
I have done my first casserole in it (red wine and beef which was fabulous) but as I look through slow cooker recipe books, many of them tell me to put certain recipes on for x number of hours on high before dropping it to low - my slow cooker choice does not have a high or low setting... what should I do? Double the high setting hours or just not use a recipe requiring high setting cooking?
What do people with no choice in temperature setting during slow cooking do?
I'm surprised that being a 5-in-one appliance it has no high or SEAR setting. My slow cooker (crock-pot) recipes mostly call for cooking 8 hours on LOW setting. The purpose of slow cooking is to SLOW COOK all day, or all night, bringing out those wonderful savory flavors and blending them together SLOWLY. I sometimes brown my meat in a skillet on the stovetop before placing it in the slow cooker. These newer cooking appliances are meant to save you the hassle of dirtying another pan to do the browning by doing everything in one pot. I don't really understand the purpose of starting a slow cooker recipe on HIGH and then turning it to LOW unless it is to speed up the cooking process? If it was me, but it ain't, I would just cook my slow cooker recipes for 8 - 10 hours as I do in the crock-pot.