The Ultimate Slow Cooker Quiz

The Ultimate Slow Cooker Quiz
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About This Quiz

Imagine a hot, hearty meal on a cold winter day. Now imagine cooking this meal in one pot with one simple method. A slow cooker is a handy kitchen appliance for any busy family, as you can easily cook a healthy meal while out and about during the day. Take this fast quiz to learn all about the slow cooker.
When did slow cookers first become popular?
1950s
1960s
1970s
Slow cookers first became popular in the early 1970s. However, interest began waning when the microwave was invented a few years later.

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What was the original purpose of slow cookers?
to cook beans
Slow cookers were invented in the 1960s to steep dry beans. The first slow cooker was called the Electric Bean Pot.
to cook meat
to cook hearty grains

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What part of the slow cooker is called the crock?
outer container
inner container
The inner container of a slow cooker is called the crock. Appropriately, the first slow cooker developed to cook full meals, manufactured by the Rival company in 1971, was named the Crock-Pot.
heating element

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What percentage of American households have a slow cooker?
40 percent
60 percent
80 percent
A 2002 Betty Crocker Study found that more than 80 percent of American households have at least one slow cooker.

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At what temperature does a slow cooker heat food?
100 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 104 degrees Celsius)
180 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (82 to 149 degrees Celsius)
A slow cooker heats food between 180 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
200 to 320 degrees Fahrenheit (93 to 160 degrees Celsius)

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What helps the cooking process in a slow cooker?
moisture
As food slowly cooks, it releases steam that becomes trapped inside the slow cooker, which helps the cooking process.
indirect heat
direct heat

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What is the capacity of today's slow cookers?
1 to 7 quarts (0.95 to 6.7 liters)
The first slow cookers came in only one style, but today they come in all shapes and sizes. Cookers can be either round or oval to accommodate different types of food, and they range in size from 1 to 7 quarts (0.95 to 6.7 liters).
7 to 10 quarts (6.7 to 9.5 liters)
10 to 13 quarts (9.5 to 12.3 liters)

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Compared to your oven, how much energy does a slow cooker require?
less energy
Even with your slow cooker on all day, it still uses less energy than your oven to cook the same meal.
same amount of energy
more energy

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What is the minimum amount of time required for cooking food in a slow cooker?
three hours on low
five hours on low
one hour on high
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking food at a high temperature for at least one hour in a slow cooker. Keep in mind, though, it is perfectly fine to cook food at a low temperature for a longer period of time.

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Why should you keep the skin attached to poultry in a slow cooker?
for moisture
Leaving the skin attached to poultry helps keep the meat moist throughout the long cooking process.
for maximum nutrition
for even cooking

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Why should you layer vegetables on the bottom of a slow cooker?
Vegetables take longer to cook than meat.
Vegetables can take longer to cook than meat, so layering them on the bottom puts them in more contact with the heat.
Vegetables take less time to cook than meat.
Layering vegetables prevents the meat from getting burned.

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What ingredient should you add to your slow cooker toward the end of the cooking process?
grains
tomatoes
spices
Herbs and spices may become too concentrated if added early in the cooking process. Add these ingredients toward the end for optimal results.

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How full should your slow cooker be?
no more than half full
no more than two-thirds full
As a safety precaution, your slow cooker should never be more than two-thirds full.
no more than three-fourths full

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Why is it safe to leave the house while your slow cooker is on?
A slow cooker runs on a low wattage.
Slow cookers run on a low wattage setting, making it safe to leave them on while you are out.
The casing of a slow cooker doesn't get hot.
A slow cooker can't catch fire.

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What food should never be used in a slow cooker?
oats
dry beans
Dry beans contain a toxin called phytohaemagglutinin, and a slow cooker never gets hot enough to kill this toxin. Dry beans need to be soaked for 12 hours and then boiled for 10 minutes before using them in a slow cooker.
eggs

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What is the heat source of a slow cooker?
a burner located on the base of the slow cooker
heating coils located in the outer casing
A slow cooker uses indirect heat, which is transferred from heating coils in the outer casing to the food inside the crock.
heating coils located in the inner casing

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Which is NOT a reason that a slow cooker is considered to be an economical choice?
You can use tough grains that take a long time to cook.
You can cook spoiled food and not worry about getting sick.
A slow cooker provides extra moisture to meat, which means cheaper and typically tougher cuts of meat come out tender, and it's a great way to cook brown rice and other hearty grains that have a long cooking time.
You can use cheap cuts of meat.

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When should you add seafood to your slow cooker?
at the beginning of cooking time
in the middle of cooking time
toward the end of cooking time
If seafood is cooked for too long, it can develop a tough texture and lose flavor, so add seafood toward the end of the cooking time.

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How do you prevent bacteria growth on meat in a slow cooker?
Heat meat to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) as quickly as possible.
When cooking meat in a slow cooker, heat it to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) as quickly as possible. This kills the bacteria on the meat.
Heat meat on high for 15 minutes.
Heat meat continuously on low for at least five hours.

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Besides dry beans, what can you NOT cook in your slow cooker?
pasta
cakes
Practically anything can be cooked in a slow cooker.
Don't limit yourself to the Sunday roast! You can cook a variety of foods in your slow cooker, including pasta, casseroles, eggs, oatmeal, bread and more.

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