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.

Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage
Jim Bathie

Tip 6: Account for Variables

Our Test Kitchens professionals have found some slow cookers―particularly some newer models―cook hotter than others. In one instance, liquid imperceptibly evaporated from the cooker, leaving far less sauce than when the same dish was prepared in a different model. Because not all slow cookers are created equal, don’t rely on the stated cook time for a recipe until you know how your cooker behaves.

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