15 Slow Cooker Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know About

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1. Get rid of the white film in a slow cooker with baking soda and dish soap.

Get rid of the white film in a slow cooker with baking soda and dish soap.

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Have a stubborn white film that won’t come off in a regular washing? Here’s a solution: add about three tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of dish soap to your pot, and fill it up with water. Turn your slow cooker on low for a few hours. Then, pour out the water and use a non-abrasive sponge and a bit more baking soda to scrub away the film. Rinse and your slow cooker should look like new!

2. Create a barrier with foil to use one Crock-Pot for two dips.

Create a barrier with foil to use one crockpot for two dips.

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Use heavy duty foil to create a snug barrier that cuts across your slow cooker. Then use a slow cooker liner to keep two different dips separated.

3. Convert any recipe to a slow cooker recipe.

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You may have to adjust the amount of liquid called for in the recipe (like adding 1/2 cup water or broth if no liquid is called for), but otherwise, converting a conventional-cooking recipe to a Crock-Pot one is easy. Just use the guide above. Also, if you’re making a stew or soup, just be sure to add the veggies in first and place the meat on top.

4. Brown meats before placing them in a Crock-Pot for more flavor.

Brown meats before placing them in a crockpot for more flavor.

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Although you can cook meat fully in a slow cooker, searing meats first will give your dish a richer flavor. The seared pieces help hold in juices, and any extra fatty parts crisp up nicely.

5. Melt and keep chocolate melted for dipping and baking.

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