Slow Cooker / Crockpot Tips


There are a few things that make cooking with a Slow Cooker / Crockpot easy. I have a few things I have found to be really helpful in preparing for my slow cooked meals.

  • Use a 24hr Power point timer – essential for organising the times you want it to turn on so your meal is ready for when you need it. This allows you to cook meals with a shorter time frame and not over cook your meal. Yes you can over-cook, and even after it’s turned off it will continue to cook with residual heat, so its a great idea to have a timer.
    24hr powerpoint timer

    This is what mine looks like, but you can get digital timers too.

  • Meal planning is essential for me. On the weekend, you can fry off your meat and put all your ingredients into a freezer bag or container so you meal is ready in the fridge or in the freezer for a quick weekday meal you can access easily.
  • If you haven’t prepared your meal on the weekend, I often prepare the night before while I am making dinner, place everything in the slow cooker insert and put into fridge for a quick removal in the morning. If you don’t have room for the crock pot insert in your fridge, put everything into a container, freezer bag or bowl for easier access.
I placed all ingredients into the insert of the slowcooker, put the lid on and placed into the fridge

I placed all ingredients into the insert of the slowcooker, put the lid on and placed into the fridge

  • Marinating meat for a slow cooker dish later in the week, and putting in bag/container of choice to go in the fridge (for recipes in the next 2 days) or the freezer for any day in the future. Just bring it out of the freezer the day before and put into the fridge for your meal the next day.
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