With a slow cooker, the meal cooks on its own, freeing up your
day and ensuring a mouthwatering meal when you get home.
Before starting, always check the manufacturer’s directions for
specific cooking information. Cooking times are guidelines; each
slow cooker varies, and power fluctuations may occur. Follow
recipes to determine whether to cook on low or high setting.
Place chopped vegetables on the bottom of a 4-½ to 5-½-quart
slow cooker so they are closer to the heat source because they tend
to cook more slowly than meat in the slow cooker.
You can add pork that is cut into 1-inch pieces or you can drop in a whole roast. Place any additional ingredients, liquid and seasonings on top.
Make sure the ingredients fill the slow cooker at least half-full so the foods cook properly and the liquid does not cook away.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or on LOW for 8 to 9 hours, or until pork is fork-tender.
You may be tempted to remove the slow cooker lid during cooking. Don’t do this unless the recipe directs you to add ingredients or stir because the heat loss caused by removing the lid unnecessarily can result in additional cooking time.
In a pinch
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can use a Dutch Oven for the same results. There are tons of great guides out there, so find your recipe, heat up the oven and go slow!