Cooking Conversions for Slow Cookers

Take the guesswork out of adjusting traditional recipe cook times for slow cookers.
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You can make almost any of your family’s faves in the slow cooker, like Slow-Cooker Lasagna (pictured), so think about using one for recipes that call for long simmering or roasting times. It's so convenient, and you can even bring back oven recipes you banish in the summer (too hot to turn on that oven) when you make them in your slow cooker.  The table below will help you figure out how long to slow cook a recipe you usually do in the oven.  One thing to remember:  Slow cookers create their own moisture; cut the liquid in the recipe a third to a half.

This table helps you convert traditional cooking times to slow-cooker times:


Traditional Oven or Stovetop Low Slow Cooker Setting (about 200 degrees f) High Slow Cooker Setting (about 300 degrees f)
15-30 minutes 4-6 hours 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours
35-45 minutes 6-8 hours 3-4 hours
50 minutes- 3 hours 8-10 hours 4-6 hours