The Ultimate Slow Cooker Quiz

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4 Min 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?

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?

Slow cookers were invented in the 1960s to steep dry beans. The first slow cooker was called the Electric Bean Pot.

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What part of the slow cooker is called the crock?

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.

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What percentage of American households have a slow cooker?

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?

A slow cooker heats food between 180 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

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What helps the cooking process in a slow cooker?

As food slowly cooks, it releases steam that becomes trapped inside the slow cooker, which helps the cooking process.

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What is the capacity of today's slow cookers?

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).

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Compared to your oven, how much energy does a slow cooker require?

Even with your slow cooker on all day, it still uses less energy than your oven to cook the same meal.

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What is the minimum amount of time required for cooking food in a slow cooker?

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?

Leaving the skin attached to poultry helps keep the meat moist throughout the long cooking process.

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Why should you layer vegetables on the bottom of a slow cooker?

Vegetables can take longer to cook than meat, so layering them on the bottom puts them in more contact with the heat.

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What ingredient should you add to your slow cooker toward the end of the cooking process?

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?

As a safety precaution, your slow cooker should never be more than two-thirds full.

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Why is it safe to leave the house while your slow cooker is on?

Slow cookers run on a low wattage setting, making it safe to leave them on while you are out.

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What food should never be used in a slow cooker?

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.

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What is the heat source of a slow cooker?

A slow cooker uses indirect heat, which is transferred from heating coils in the outer casing to the food inside the crock.

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Which is NOT a reason that a slow cooker is considered to be an economical choice?

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.

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When should you add seafood to your slow cooker?

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?

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.

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Besides dry beans, what can you NOT cook in your 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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