Are You Using Your Slow-Cooker Properly?

tortilla-soup-pork-ictcrop_300Never get quite the right results when using your slow-cooker? Before you throw in the towel and give up on the set-it-and-forget-it styling of cooking, check your liquid levels: It could be that you’re not filling your appliance the proper amount.

Stephanie O’Dea, author of 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, recommends filling your machine two-thirds to three-quarters full for optimum cooking.

See our favorite slow-cooker recipes.


  1. Sam

    Well, that’s really important. I mean – what’s the point if you’re not using it right?

    February 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  2. Gigi Sturm

    Maybe recipes should include the size of the slow cooker used.

    February 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  3. Kellie

    After using my slow cooker for many years I actually disagree. Sometimes I don’t add any liquid at all! You will be surprised how much comes out of the meat/veg during cooking. My favourite is to rub a while chicken with dry spices and place in the slow cooker on a trivet of carrots or onions, adding no liquid. When it is done the chicken will fall off the bone, and there will even be a delicious broth in the bottom of the cooker… Magic!

    February 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • Marion

      Thanks this Chicken recipe sounds delicious

      February 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm
  4. Teri Richards

    agree with ^Kellie. and if you look at your recipe slide show, the recipes prove that less liquid is required. Maybe the blogger meant fill your crock pot with “stuff” not necessarily liquid, 2/3 or 3/4 full.

    February 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm
  5. Rachel Stein

    Yes, well said, Teri! Very sorry for being unclear.

    February 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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