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Wednesday, April 05, 2006 

Successful Slow Cooking

Here are some tips from an AP article on getting the most out of your slow cooker:

• No stirring is required.

• The stoneware should be two-thirds full for best cooking results.

• Any recipe can be cooked on either high or low; cooking time will vary.

• The best size for one or two people is a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker; for three or four people a 3 1/2 - to 4-quart slow cooker, and for five to seven people a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

• Try to use fresh herbs and spices. They take longer to release their flavor than dried herbs and spices and are better equipped to withstand extended cooking times