Slow cookers are real lifesavers when preparing for busy weekends. But contrary to popular belief, even a powerful slow cooker has its limitations. Here are some of the foods you should never cook in a slow cooker.
- Cheese: Cooking cheese for a longer time at a slower temperature breaks down the whey and makes a cheese mass. Alternatively, once the cooking process is complete, stir in the cheese and let it melt properly for about 10 minutes.
- Steak: The crockpot is perfect for cheaper cuts of meat because it tenderizes the meat over hours and hours and cooking. A quality steak is already tender, so doesn’t need all that cooking time.
- Pasta: The perfect pasta needs salted water and just the right amount of boiling time. But cooking pasta in a crockpot gives you much less control and increases the risk of overcooking the pasta. And because pasta cooks so quickly and is so starchy, leaving it in the crockpot all day will cause it to become a disgusting congealed lump.
Also, do not cook wine or alcohol in a slow cooker. Leave the wine where it is intended to be: in your glass.