6 Foods You Should Never Put In Your Slow Cooker



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When the slow cooker was introduced to the world, many greeted it with warm smiles, open arms, and an electric excitement over the possibilities of future meals never prepared more easily. At its core, a slow cooker is much more hands-off once you've prepared your chosen slow cooker dish. You can just let it do its thing with minimal supervision and enjoy the final product alongside the heavenly aromas that it fills your home with.

There are, however, certain foods that you should never be caught putting into your slow cooker. You might say that any of these foods is basically a recipe for disaster

Various fresh dairy products

1. Dairy

If you decide to go mad scientist and experiment with adding any dairy products including milk, cream cheese, cheese, sour cream, or yogurt to your slow cooker, you can count on having a whopping curdled mess at the end of it all. 


2. Rice

This one might be surprising to some folks, but when you slow cook rice, you'll end up with brittle rice around the edges and undercooked grains in the center. With the average cooking time for rice being between 20-30 minutes, you're best off just cooking rice on the stove or in an Instant Pot

Fresh Ribeye Steaks at the Butcher Shop

3. Raw Meat

Raw meat — and especially beef — is just one of those foods that you simply must cook yourself to ensure that you're able to enjoy the full flavor profile. Sear that cut of raw meat first, and then you can add it to the slow cooker. 

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Fresh salmon steak with a variety of seafood and herbs.
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4. Seafood

Your typical seafood dishes like scallops, shrimp, and salmon will cook to completion in rapid fashion. Were you to try to slow-cook a seafood dish, you would very likely end up with a rubbery final result. No thank you. 

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Homemade Vermouth Penne Pasta

5. Pasta

It sure would be nice if we could all just toss our go-to pasta in the slow cooker with its necessary ingredients, and return to enjoy a tasty feast when the timer tells us to, but alas, we're not so lucky. Pasta just ends up being a soppy mess when slow cooked. 

Bell Pepper

6. Tender Vegetables

When we say "tender vegetables" we're talking about peas, asparagus, and peppers. Any of these tender veggies will end up devolving into unappetizing, mushy messes that nobody wants to have on their plates.