Who doesn’t love cooking in a crockpot? With the convenience of a slow cooker comes the ease of dinner made simple. Have a few mouths to feed? Cook up enough food for everyone. Short on time and too exhausted to cook after a long day of work? Start the crockpot before heading out the door in the morning. Have a bunch of random food in your fridge and freezer you’ve been looking to use up? Toss your favorite ingredients into the pot and let the savory flavors marinate. But, not so fast. Beware of a few issues you might encounter as you conjure up a wide array of culinary creations. Here are 10 mistakes people make when cooking in a crockpot.
1. Overfilling the crockpot
Don’t stuff your crockpot to the brim and expect anything less than a mess on the counter when you return. When asked about the convenience of the crockpot, writer, working mom, and parenting expert at Kars4Kids Varda Meyers Epstein told us that she can set it up in the morning, and at the end of a long day, return home to great smells and a fully cooked meal. “But it’s easy to overestimate how much a crockpot holds,” Epstein said. “You tend to forget that when everything begins to bubble, the level of liquid in the pot is going to rise. I’ve learned to leave a lot of headroom at the top.”