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5 Things You Never Knew About Your Slow Cooker

5 Things You Never Knew About Your Slow Cooker
Sure, you have slow-cooker recipes, but these simple tricks will make them a whole lot easier. Because, you know, science.
Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef

1. Cook Once, Eat Four Times.

Stretch three pounds of ground beef to four by adding a can of refried beans (hello, extra protein!). Let your slow cooker do the work, then strain, portion and freeze for future use. You’ll have enough to make four delicious dinners.

Try It Now: Slow-Cooker Taco Ground Beef 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini

2. Protect Your Pasta From Burning.

Create a protective barrier for pastas and grains by layering ingredients. Place meat on the bottom and up the sides, place your starch in the center, then add a top layer, like mushroom and onions.

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Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

4. You Can Use It Overnight.

Prep your ingredients at night (instead of in the morning) and switch it on before going to bed. When you wake up, transfer the meal into microwaveable containers and store in the fridge. Then all you have to do when you get home is reheat and eat!

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Slow-Cooker Creamy Apple Pork Chops

5. Use It to Make Sauce.

A warm slow cooker works just as well as a stovetop and makes for one less dirty pan. Don’t bother cleaning it out first—the cooking juices just add to the flavor.

Try It Now: Slow-Cooker Creamy Apple Pork Chops



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