Mar 052013

There are just a few simple steps to consider when you want to convert recipes for the slow cooker that you’d traditionally would cook on your stovetop or in the oven.

In order to convert a recipe for slow cooker cooking the recipe has to contain some type of liquid – water, broth, wine, canned soup, or a sauce.


  • Cut the amount of liquid in half
  • Calculate the cooking time based on – One (1) hour in the oven equals eight (8) hours on low in the slow cooker or four (4) hours on high.

When nearing the time of the dish being done:

  • If you think there is too much liquid – remove the cover and turn the slow cooker up to high.
  • If you want to make or add a sauce, add sour cream, or cheese – now would be the time to do it.

Did you know?

  • A slow cooker’s low heat setting is approx. 200° F (95° C)
  • A slow cooker’s high heat setting  is approx. 300° F (150°C)
  • Frozen meat can go right from the freezer to the slow cooker.  Just remember to increase the cooking time.  The reason for browning meats is to seal in flavor and give the meat a more appetizing look after it’s done cooking – something that I never do (shame on me, but I’m totally okay with not doing it).  Personally, I can’t be bothered with browning my meats.
  • Tougher cuts of meat come out really tender in the slow cooker, such as beef stew meat and tougher steaks (use in stroganoffs or even beef stew).

Do you like to use a slow cooker?  What is your favorite dish to make?

  3 Responses to “Tipsy Tuesday – How to Convert Recipes for the Slow Cooker”

Comments (3)
  1. I enjoyed reading this article. Great tips!!

  2. I wanted to pin this recipe but it really needs a related picture. Maybe you could supply one? Even just a picture of a slow cooker. I would appreciate it.

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