Back to school season is the time when I start to use my CrockPot. I think about this and wonder why I opt to use a CrockPot during the colder weather months, as it would make much more sense to use the oven and heat up the home, but I enjoy using my slow cooker.

I have an actual CrockPot brand slow cooker and it’s my favorite kitchen gadget, a close second to my quesadilla maker. With that being said, there are mistakes many people make with a CrockPot.

Today I’m featuring the top 5 mistakes everyone makes to help you succeed in using your slow cooker the right way.

Don’t have a CrockPot? This is the best one out there.

5 Mistakes Everyone Makes

5 Mistakes Everyone Makes with a Slow Cooker

Purchasing Expensive Meat

There’s no need to purchase the most expensive meat. The slow cooker will make even the toughest cuts of meat moist, tender, and delicious.

Don’t waste your money buying fancy cuts of meat if you plan on using the slow cooker, you’ll be wasting money.

Peeking at What’s Cooking

Stop opening the lid of this kitchen gadget when you’re cooking something. Opening the lid reduces the heat inside the unit and it actually takes your machine a bit to get up to temperature.

You may be prolonging the cooking process by opening that lid and peeking at what’s cooking.

Using Skin-On Meat

Stop using skin-on meat, unless you enjoy a rubbery style skin. When you bake skin-on meat in the oven you end up with a crispy, delicious skin but in this kitchen gadget, it’s more of a sloppy icky mess.

Do not use skin-on meat in the CrockPot, there’s simply no benefit to it.

Adding Dairy Products too Soon

Do not add dairy products to your meal too early, they will curdle and it will ruin your entire meal. This will create more time in the kitchen versus saving time which is usually why we use our CrockPot, right?

! If you add milk or cheese too early in the process, you’ll end up with a curdled mess. It’s not pretty.

Not Greasing

I have been guilty of this one far more than I care to admit, but many people make this mistake so at least I’m not alone. Learn to grease your fancy cooker kitchen gadget.

You may opt to use a slow cooker liner, instead, to alleviate stuck-on messes and having to scrape your CrockPot clean or soaking it forever to get it clean.

Using a slow cooker to help alleviate time in the kitchen at the end of the day or simply using it to have more flavorful meals is a brilliant idea.

I don’t know what I would do without the two slow cookers I own, back when I had two kids playing soccer in the fall this machine was a lifesaver!

If using your CrockPot for quick meals, then you’ll just love these 10 delicious recipes below.

10 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes

10 Delicious Slow Cooker Meals

Do you enjoy new recipe ideas to make? If yes, you’re in luck! I have what you need below!

Each of these recipes looks absolutely yummy to me, I hope you’ll click over and try to make a few of these slow cooker recipes.

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