To cook in a Crock-Pot slow cooker, the solid ingredients plus a liquid must go into the stoneware pot, and the lid should be placed on top. The heating element cooks the food on a high or low heat setting.
A Crock-Pot allows the cook to prepare a meal in the morning, put it in the slow cooker, and leave it until dinnertime. The appliance holds a steady temperature and cooks the food slowly throughout the day. Common Crock Pot meals include a meat and vegetables along with a sauce or other liquid. Casseroles, breakfasts and even desserts also work in the slow cooker.
The Crock-Pot slow cooker consists of the stoneware container, the heating base and a lid. The lid is key in maintaining a constant temperature. All Crock-Pots have high and low heat settings, and some also include a warm setting. The Crock-Pot brand also offers a programmable slow cooker that allows the user to set a timer. After the cooking period, the unit keeps the food warm.
Food cooked in a Crock-Pot slow cooker does not get crisp. Meats get soft and tender as they slow cook. One option to get a crispy outside on a roast is to sear it in a hot pan before putting it in the Crock-Pot.