Warm up with a safe, slow-cooked meal

Slow-cooked comfort food is the perfect way to warm up this winter! It’s easy to prepare your favorite seasonal dishes by using a slow cooker or the slow cook feature of an electric pressure cooker. Once you have crafted the ingredients, you must put them in the oven and turn them on. You will have a delicious, warm meal in no time. These steps will help you safely prepare slow-cooked meals.

You should allow enough time for frozen meats, poultry, or seafood to be thawed before you add it to the slow cooker. Frozen food should not be thawed on the counter. Instead, please place it in the fridge, cold water, or the microwave. If you have softened the meat in the microwave or cold water, then cook the meal right away.

Before cooking your slow-cooked meal, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Wash fresh fruits and vegetables before slicing or peeling.

You should keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and any other food you intend to eat raw separately. Separate cutting boards, plates, utensils, and forks are recommended.

A slow cooker can cook significant cuts of meat or poultry safely. There are many sizes available for slow cookers. Check the instruction manual for recommended sizes for meat and poultry that you can cook in your slow cooker.

Wash your hands after touching raw meats, poultry, or seafood.

Slow cookers are slower for vegetables than they are for meat or poultry. To get the best results, place the vegetables first.

You can add meat, poultry, and seafood to your slow cooker. Your slow cooker should be between half- and two-thirds full. It can cause the food to be unsafe and undercooked if it is too full. It may need to be more full to eat, or it could be overcooked.

Start your cooker right after you finish prepping. Set a timer so that you can start cooking earlier in the day. Bacteria can quickly multiply in food that reaches room temperature shortly before it is cooked.

When your meal is being cooked, wash all your cutting boards and utensils with hot soapy water. If they are dishwasher-safe, you can also put them in the dishwasher.

To kill germs, cook your meal at the right temperature. Although you may think your meal is safe because it has been slowly cooking for hours, a food thermometer will tell you for sure. The food thermometer should be placed in the thickest portion of the food. Avoid bone, fat, and gristle.


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