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.
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).
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.
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.
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.