Slow Cooker Secrets

On a budget? Pressed for time? Transform tough, cheap cuts into delicious dinners that practically cook themselves. Try our top tips and recipes.

Zinfandel-Braised leg of lamb
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Tip 5: No peeking.

Don’t be tempted to lift the lid until the dish is done. The steam generated during slow cooking is part of the cooking medium. Opening the lid will ¬release this steam and increase cooking time. Moreover, when you lift the lid, temperatures can drop into the “danger zone” (between 40° and 140°) where bacteria multiply rapidly.

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