Ask Lisa: How is slow cooker cooking time adjusted for smaller recipes?
Q: Many of the recipes I find for the slow cookers make way too much for my husband and me. I have often wondered how much time is needed if I make half a recipe, but I haven’t been able to find an answer. Can you give me any guidelines?
— Jane Shoemaker, Newark, Ohio
A: According to consumer support at Crock Pot, a leading maker of slow cookers, when cutting a recipe in half the cooking time stays the same as when making a full recipe.
The company also urges that for optimal cooking, their slow cookers should be ½ to ¾ full. With smaller recipes, therefore, you will want to make sure that you are using a smaller-sized slow cooker so that food is cooked at the proper temperature.
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