Slow Cooker

Why You Should Always Preheat Your Slow Cooker — Tips from The Kitchn

Arguably, the most crucial flavor in a dish comes from the very first moments, when you sauté a few aromatics like chopped onions and garlic before proceeding with the recipe. That's when those simple flavors start to build, which eventually enhances your final result.

Some slow cooker recipes that call for you to sauté these aromatics separately on the stove before adding them to the appliance require it for this reason; it's a chance to give as much flavor to the dish as you can. But then they have you dump the sautéed items into a cold slow cooker, along with everything else, before turning it on.

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This Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup Cooks While You’re at Work — Delicious Links

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Using your slow cooker is a hands-off way to get dinner on the table, but if a recipe's cooking time isn't long enough to jive with your workday hours, it's not all that helpful. Enter: this cabbage and potato soup, which requires eight hours in the slow cooker. Set it up before you head out the door and come home to a warm, wholesome meal.

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How To Make Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The craving: General Tso's chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout spot. The problem: You've got different diners eating at different times. The best solution: General Tso's chicken from your slow cooker. Yes, you'll be investing a little more time than dialing for takeout, but you'll make the best General Tso's you can at home without stir-frying and you can feed your family in shifts as they stagger in the door tired and hungry.

This slow cooker General Tso's chicken hits all the high points of your Chinese takeout favorite — crisp golden chicken with a tender interior, coated in a glossy, spicy sweet sauce. Ready your rice and your slow cooker for this better-than-takeout slow cooker General Tso's chicken.

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Don’t Skip This Step for Super-Tender Slow Cooker Chicken — Tips from The Kitchn

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Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker almost feels too good to be true. It produces a chicken so moist and tender that the meat practically falls off the bone. It requires just one ingredient and only a couple minutes of prep work. It's so simple that it feels like there should be a catch.

No, there's no catch — it's really that good — but there is one very important thing you need to do before putting the bird into the slow cooker.

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This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili Is Perfect for Fall — Delicious Links

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Whether you're hosting a Sunday football viewing party or you've been tasked with bringing something to a potluck, this slow cooker Buffalo chicken chili will not let you down. It turns all the flavors of the classic appetizer into a hearty, wholesome chili that'll warm you up on cool fall days.

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5 Classic Ina Garten Recipes You Can Make in the Slow Cooker — Kitchen Heroes

When it comes to entertaining, the Barefoot Contessa is a bonafide queen. Between wowing a crowd and making lovey-dovey meals for her man, Jeffrey, Ina Garten runs the world of classic cooking. When you want to take a page from her book but have less than half the time, you need to get creative. That's why we asked our trusted food editor Christine to adapt a few of Ina's classic recipes to the slow cooker. Three cheers for saving time, energy, and sanity!

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