Layering your crock pot properly should always be something to keep in mind. I have read that you should never fill your crock pot more than 2/3 of the way full. That being said, strategically placing food in your crock pot is crucial.
Q: Can I just dump my food in the crock pot or is there a method to the madness?
A: One thing we need to keep in mind is that the greatest heat source is at the bottom of the pot. Whichever food needs to be cooked longest should placed at the bottom. I would suggest tougher cuts of meat, like in Roast Beef and Cooked Carrots and harder root vegetables.
Your last layer would be more delicate vegetables. Depending on the vegetable some only need to be added during the last 30 minutes of crocking…over cooking any food never goes over well.
If you are planning on adding dairy products like sour cream, milk, or yogurt keep in mind that the crock pot will break these down fastest. I would recommend adding them during your last 15 minutes of crocking.
Check out the infographic below to see a diagram of what your crock-pot’s layers should look like.
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