Why You Should Avoid Stirring Food in Your Slow Cooker

Resist the temptation.

We’ve all been there. It’s close to dinner time and the savory aroma of tonight’s meal has been wafting up from the slow cooker for hours. The temptation to lift the lid of the slow cooker, stir its contents, take a deep inhalation, and maybe even take a little taste is almost too much to resist. As mighty as the urge might be, the truth is, lifting the lid on your slow cooker, even for just a minute, can cause major problems with your finished dish.

Read on to learn more about why you should avoid stirring food in your slow cooker.

You’ve heard the expression, “A watched pot never boils.” Well, the same is true for your slow cooker. Slow cookers rely on the slow build-up of heat to cook food to perfection. Lifting the lid of your slow cooker during cooking lets built-up heat escape and will lower the temperature in the slow cooker considerably. Stirring the contents allows even more heat to escape from the lower layers of the food. Once the lid is replaced, it will take a significant amount of time for the heat to build back up to its previous temperature, thus, extending the cooking time of your dinner. It is best to fight the urge to stir and just let the food cook the way it was intended to (unless the recipe tells you to do otherwise). Your strength will be thanked with a deliciously cooked meal.

Learn more about slow cooker cooking with these 21 Slow Cooking Tips.

Think the temptation to stir might be too great for someone else in your family? Try pasting a sticky-note to the lid of the slow cooker, reminding your loved one that if they want to eat, they should avoid lifting the lid!

Check out our fabulously Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes.

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  1. The make a new 6.5-quart crockpot now that has an iStir automated stirring mechanism so that the food can be stirred without having to lift the lid. It uses stirring paddles attached to a motor…similar in principle to an ice cream maker

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