Mistakes Everyone Makes Using The Slow Cooker

  • Published on Oct 12, 2017
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    Who needs the hassle of cooking by hand when you have a slow cooker? Throw everything in there in the morning, then forget it about it until dinnertime - there's nothing better, right? But as easy as slow cookers are, they do come with rules. Here are some of the mistakes everyone seems to make when they use slow cookers, so you can be sure not to make them yourself...
    Taking a peek | 0:18
    Using expensive cuts | 0:49
    Not searing meat first | 1:14
    Cooking skin-on chicken | 1:51
    Fresh vs. dry herbs | 2:28
    Using the wrong size | 3:00
    Adding dairy too soon | 3:31
    Using too much alcohol | 3:59
    Cooking frozen food | 4:32
    Not layering correctly | 4:52
    Not greasing | 5:07
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  • Mashed
    Mashed  Year ago +434

    Are you a slow cooker fan?

  • Barbara DeSelle
    Barbara DeSelle 2 hours ago

    I have had a stove top pressure cooker for over 50 yrs.Learned as a child how to cook with a pressure cooker. I now have 3 electric pressure cookers and 1 stove top. A slow cooker is like a pressure cooker, just a little fancier. Pressure makes great meals. Love mine.

    • Barbara DeSelle
      Barbara DeSelle 2 hours ago

      Oops! I meant to refer to my slow cookers, not my pressure cookers.
      Love my slow cookers. I have a 6 qt and a 4 qt and use them several times a month. There is only me in my house so I use the smaller appliances. I cook every night and use my confidence appliances every chance I can.

  • Mirepoix Is Life
    Mirepoix Is Life 8 hours ago

    I used to use my slow cooker for meals. Now, I use an oven safe pot instead = better results and less time. I only use my slow cooker for rice.

  • Harry Stevens
    Harry Stevens 12 hours ago

    I cooked full milk dishes from start and have had no problems and again frozen no deal either.
    Elk Hunter is spot on with their advice.

  • nrrork
    nrrork 5 days ago

    Yeah, I realized with with a pork roast I made over the weekend.
    It wasn't bad, but as I was eating it I was thinking of the wasted opportunities to make it better before I tossed everything in.
    I dredged the roast in flour and browned it like I always do, but I was thinking I could've like drizzled some olive oil and seasonings over my vegetables and partially roasted them.
    And then it probably wouldn't have tasted so under-seasoned at the end. A couple extra steps of prep and I might've really had something special. I made some meat sauce in it a few months ago and TOOK my time and doctored up every part of it before I added it to the slow-cooker, and it was EXCELLENT.

  • Gladamgone
    Gladamgone 6 days ago

    Sounds like an american computer voice....horrible

  • CareBare Hair
    CareBare Hair 6 days ago

    What are Erbs?

  • Robert Wittenberg
    Robert Wittenberg 7 days ago

    2:04 instapot?

  • julius ceasar
    julius ceasar 7 days ago

    no,people do know these things its pretty basic stuff

  • mary doe
    mary doe 8 days ago


    • Jim Melton
      Jim Melton 7 days ago

      Use enough liquid? Low temp for longer time? It makes a difference.

  • Dave Johnson
    Dave Johnson 8 days ago

    Biggest mistake is using Erbs instead of Herbs.

  • Gwenn Spence
    Gwenn Spence 8 days ago

    I am thinking of buying this slow cooker iliketogo.shop/s/1xv/ the price is reasonable and its the highest rated so why not

    • Charlie Kendall
      Charlie Kendall 6 days ago

      cuisinart of kitchenaid. Make sure to handles lock the glass top to minimize spillage. Skip the old style round crock-pot unless you're cooking solo.


    American people everywhere # there is an "h" in herb use it ffs!!!!!

  • William Overly
    William Overly 9 days ago

    Some don'ts: Don't try to tan with it. Don't use it as a space heater. Don't use it for your delicate underwear.

    • Charlie Kendall
      Charlie Kendall 6 days ago

      Not intended for use in the bathtub, also never remove the sticker wrapped around the cord.

  • zia maysa
    zia maysa 9 days ago

    Imagine the bill cooking for 8 hours. That's a long time

  • bunnygrill
    bunnygrill 9 days ago

    So add the dairy at the last half hour. But lifting the lid adds a half hour to cooking time. So the last half hour becomes the last hour. So now the dairy is in for an hour. So, remove the dairy after one half hour and continue to let the food cook for one more hour because you lifted the lid again.

  • Wayne Chappell
    Wayne Chappell 9 days ago

    its herbs not erbs

  • souptoaster
    souptoaster 9 days ago

    Lifting the lid adds THIRTY MINUTES to the cook time? That's just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It takes 30 minutes to reheat that tiny amount of AIR that just wafted out? How dense is your AIR that it takes HALF AN HOUR to reheat it? This mentality drives me crazy! Air has almost NO thermal mass... because it's air! That thing your cooking has literally MILLIONS of times as much mass... ARGH! You know what? I'm gonna stop here. I need another cup of coffee. Better not BREATHE on it because the cup will be instantly cold!

  • Craka fat
    Craka fat 9 days ago

    Fucking Americans

  • Brian Paquin
    Brian Paquin 9 days ago

    YESSSSS!!! YESSSS!!! Had me dying 🤣 oh M. Bison you're so silly!

  • Tyrone B
    Tyrone B 9 days ago

    Isn't my oven broiler an extra drawer for storing my pans that don't fit in my cabinets?

  • Jus- Sayin
    Jus- Sayin 10 days ago

    I have every appliance. My Ninja Cooker is my Go To. It has slow cooker, stove top, steam, oven, shearer. It's awesome. My next dream is a Ninja Foodie. I have a air fryer but I want a Ninja Foodie. I have NuWave oven. Great for thawing thighs or any meat. I love it. It will crisp chicken also when moving rack up.

  • Genius Goblin
    Genius Goblin 10 days ago


  • Antonio Reyes
    Antonio Reyes 10 days ago

    I did not expect to see M. Bison in a slow cooker video.

  • Pukabowers
    Pukabowers 10 days ago

    "Erbs"???? It's Herbs...there's an 'H'.

  • Anarchsis
    Anarchsis 10 days ago

    Get a tajine.

  • Angela Sieg
    Angela Sieg 11 days ago

    My slow cooker is my go to cold weather option soups stews roasts I make everything from scratch it's an invaluable tool in my kitchen I can't not have one now I must go roast chicken but in the oven it turns to mush in the slow cooker

  • MrJreed1000
    MrJreed1000 11 days ago +1

    Dont they come with glass lids thou? Y do I need to peak inside ?

  • Oor wullie
    Oor wullie 11 days ago

    I can't find the URBS

  • Ian Hunter
    Ian Hunter 11 days ago +1

    What is an urrrb

  • ALFJAMXA James
    ALFJAMXA James 12 days ago

    Excellent advice. I learned a lot.

  • chris davies
    chris davies 12 days ago

    If you want the skin on the chicken crispy put a tea towel under the lid as it reduces moisture thus making the chicken crispy.

  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump 12 days ago

    Here in Minnesota we call it a crock pot

  • First Name Last Name
    First Name Last Name 12 days ago

    So if i peek at it 100 times will it take an extra 3000 minutes?

    BLaCK THiRTY 12 days ago

    Didn't realize this was a common sense video

  • Gd Mythical
    Gd Mythical 13 days ago

    Why is your TVclip channel either judging what people do or the “truth” of stuff it’s so damn annoying.

  • wmfivethree
    wmfivethree 13 days ago

    In other words it's too much off a hassle to be the "time-saver" it claims to be.

  • Jason Knotts
    Jason Knotts 13 days ago

    I've done it both seared first and not seared, and I can tell you I almost never sear it, not missing much honestly.

  • Bonnie Lucas
    Bonnie Lucas 13 days ago

    I have recently heard that the crock in slow cookers can transfer poisons to your food.

    • Maxilyn Capell
      Maxilyn Capell 12 days ago

      Bonnie Lucas , well if that were actually true there would be a lot of sick or dead people who use crock pots. Since the pots have been in use since the 1970's when women began working more outside the home. I think you better check your sources or get some smarter friends. Ya think?

  • Kyle Munford
    Kyle Munford 13 days ago

    Dry erbs??? Do we not pronounce the H anymore...

  • Felicity Jones
    Felicity Jones 13 days ago

    A liner?? You can't clean your pot? So you are going to cook in a trash bag? 😦

  • David Brown
    David Brown 13 days ago

    I like to make

    I dont have a slow cooker

  • claire bigelow
    claire bigelow 13 days ago

    spaghetti... a nice roast... ribs...chili....stew...

  • II. Gyula
    II. Gyula 13 days ago

    Save money and use a cheap rice cooker

  • Samuel Odonoughoe
    Samuel Odonoughoe 13 days ago

    Always thought they were herbs not erbs lol

  • Christopher Tomkinson
    Christopher Tomkinson 14 days ago

    Thanks, I'm new to slow cooking and this video has been really helpful.

  • Rev K
    Rev K 15 days ago

    Thanks, great tips!

  • Charles Hearn
    Charles Hearn 15 days ago

    Learned a few things

  • Silverclaimer808
    Silverclaimer808 17 days ago

    I've been using a slow cooker for about a year now except for always using high temperature I've done pretty good.

  • Tim kosinski
    Tim kosinski 18 days ago

    Not a bad video, but I save the alcohol for my belly, ha !
    The searing works decent on beef to get out the door with the kids, but if you have a smoker or smoker grill try rubbing some liquid smoke all over and smoke for an hour or 2, then put in crock pot. You can do this ahead and hold over in the fridge, it's well worth the extra time.
    Good cooking to all, enjoy !!!

  • Antony Bennett
    Antony Bennett 18 days ago


  • Tim Travasos
    Tim Travasos 18 days ago

    Good info

  • Carlos Mason
    Carlos Mason 19 days ago

    For people complaining about the slow cooker liners.
    Disabled people exist. Some people don’t have time. Some people don’t have fully functioning hands. Some people have reasons. Some people are busy.

  • Lord Jock
    Lord Jock 20 days ago

    2:18 WTF is a boiler pan ?

  • Miriam Moree
    Miriam Moree 20 days ago

    Thanks for the crockpot ideas

  • Kell Bunker
    Kell Bunker 21 day ago

    Peeking too much on this video will destroy your fucking soul

  • susan millican
    susan millican 22 days ago

    "DONT TAKE THE LID OFF" ... and then tell us how many times it has to come off later in the cooking process to add something! Geeeeeez..

    JULIE HOCK 22 days ago

    Why do Americans say “erbs” instead of Herbs????

  • T A D S
    T A D S 22 days ago

    Oh shit I’ve been calling it a croc pot my whole life

  • The Corned Beef Council

    It's fucking HERBS

  • Jesse Slack
    Jesse Slack 25 days ago

    About lost my Sh*t when I saw M. Bison flash on the screen!!

  • Andy's Dog House
    Andy's Dog House 26 days ago

    Wow. I love my slow cooker. I didn't know there were rules. Now I know and they make sense. I will follow them. Thanks for sharing them and helping my be a better cook.

  • Phil
    Phil 27 days ago

    great review! bit.ly/2sBod4s

  • Kilex
    Kilex 28 days ago

    Herbs not Erbs.

  • John Spratt
    John Spratt 29 days ago

    urbs ??

  • Andy Hughes
    Andy Hughes Month ago

    Do you not know that the word "herb" has an H in it?

  • 🌹🦋MID-LYNN🦋🌹

    Ok so let me get this straight....I’m not supposed to open the top of the slow cooker to peek inside because it’ll add 30 extra minutes to my cooking process....but I can lift the lid in the last hour of the cooking time to add cheese ? And it won’t add an extra 30 mins of cooking time ? 🤔
    So how will my slow cooker know the difference between me peeking and me adding stuff so it won’t punish me for my curiosity ?

  • Aphrodite Lee
    Aphrodite Lee Month ago

    very helpful... thanks!

  • Doug Jackson
    Doug Jackson Month ago

    Contradictory advice. Never take the lid off--unless you want to add dairy or fresh herbs and so on.

  • Jeff Creel
    Jeff Creel Month ago

    Oh no, I seared my meat !

  • Andrew Peel
    Andrew Peel Month ago

    Erbs 😂😂😂🤣

  • keely hambling
    keely hambling Month ago

    contradicting dont open slow cooker but then says open cooker to add herbs make your mind up.

  • Savage
    Savage Month ago

    But maybe I don't wanna buy the 'bargain meat' because it's basically torture meat where the animals lived a life of pure hell so you can save a few pennies. I'll spend a little extra to know they were at least treated better. Here in the UK we have RSPCA assured meat and other animal welfare labelling which costs more, but at least you know the animals were likely treated better. Also torture meat has less nutritional value and more saturated/trans fat, as the animals from cheap meat are fed complete shit all their lives and live in small cramped conditions. Your consumer choices are what cause or prevent animal abuse to happen.

  • Jay Russell
    Jay Russell Month ago

    Fresh or dry Erbs

  • Joe Shmoe
    Joe Shmoe Month ago

    All slow cookers have a glass lid. Why are you talking about peaking? Also the all have a steam hole. Learn some before you talk shit.

  • Pixieinhiding
    Pixieinhiding Month ago

    My slow cooker uses an aluminium pan it’s so easy, I can fry my onions etc then put the veg in the cooker and jobs a gooden

  • corb
    corb Month ago

    lol 30 min BS

  • Me You
    Me You Month ago

    Simple simple simple!!! I'll be trying this tonite....fingers crossed....My Crock Pot and I have a love-hate relationship!! I don't think anything I've made in it has Ever turned out.....I'm a descent regular stove top cook but this Crock Pot thing...yikes!!

  • Mark Hill
    Mark Hill Month ago

    I can tell just by the soundtrack this video is shit.

  • Nathan R
    Nathan R Month ago

    I'm sorry, but no, no, no. That first one is absolutely a myth, and should not be touted as fact. I've lifted the lid many times to stir and/or add extra ingredients after certain times, and it always came out perfectly. In fact, it sometimes comes out better this way. It never makes any difference in making the food more "done". It always finishes *on time* regardless of if I take the lid off at certain times or not.

  • ItsZander
    ItsZander Month ago

    Pretty sure at 2:58 that’s a scene from “You’re Next” which is a Horror film. And not about food at all.

  • Ahmpire
    Ahmpire Month ago

    Mashed logo reminds me of Meijers lmao

  • vontressler1
    vontressler1 Month ago

    good tips i like

  • James Jones
    James Jones Month ago


  • SabotPottery
    SabotPottery Month ago

    What the fuck are "EURBS"., it's herbs with a H.

  • Kiss my libTARD
    Kiss my libTARD Month ago

    slow cooker liner ? just what we need more plastic in the environment and in our digestive track, Thank you Mash !
    Forgive me for not buying your t shirts !

  • Elliot Hutchins
    Elliot Hutchins Month ago

    Thanks Mila Kunis

  • CJ Laity
    CJ Laity Month ago +12

    Every slow cooker I've ever had has had a ceramic bowl, which is very easy to clean. Don't know what kind of slow cooker you use that you have to spray it or put a plastic liner in it . Also, opening the lid doesn't add a half hour to the cooker time. That's just absurd. If that were true the chili I make would take weeks. Who writes this stuff?

    • CJ Laity
      CJ Laity 12 days ago

      +Maxilyn Capell -- was this video made in the "early days". No it wasn't. So they have someone pretending to be an expert on crock pots who has obviously never used a crock pot in her life unless she dug up something ancient "from the early days." Give us all a break.

    • Maxilyn Capell
      Maxilyn Capell 12 days ago

      Kevin Wood , in the early days of mass marketing the Crock-Pot brand, you couldn't remove the porcelain cooking chamber and you couldn't submerge the unit. Customer feedback soon resulted in a redesign. Got it?👍

    • Kevin Wood
      Kevin Wood 14 days ago

      I've never seen one that wasn't a removable ceramic bowl.

  • Davies
    Davies Month ago

    The fuck is bison here for?

  • B Snagga
    B Snagga Month ago +1


  • auburn.honey
    auburn.honey Month ago

    Here's a simple and yummy slow cooker recipe for all of you:
    2 lbs of meat balls (I prefer turkey meat balls but beef is great too) Either frozen or homemade
    1 jar of cocktail sauce
    1 jar of grape jelly
    1/2 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh is best but can is good too, just be sure to drain or you'll have runny sauce in the end lol)
    Put it all in the slow cooker, on low heat and let it cook for about 5 hours. If you use fresh (not frozen) meat balls then only cook for about 4 - 3 hours (just check periodically to make the meat balls don't over cook).
    The cooking time varies depending on the size of your slow cooker and if you use frozen or fresh meat :)
    Serve over white rice and enjoy!

  • JS Glano II
    JS Glano II Month ago

    Stupidest video I have seen in a long time, And I will tell you why if you ask. Thanks

  • R a m
    R a m Month ago

    Toss your FRESH herbs in at the END of the cooking process she said...... (that defeats the purpose of adding herbs to begin with)......judgement call I guess.

  • Co Hort
    Co Hort Month ago

    Herbs or Erbs🤔😂

  • Ruby58
    Ruby58 Month ago +1

    Herbs not erbs HERBS

  • Justin Bush
    Justin Bush Month ago

    Was that m.bison? 🤓

  • Peter Mühlschmidt
    Peter Mühlschmidt 2 months ago

    What do you mean "cooking by hand"?! Ever heard about a stove? I dont understand the use of a "slow cooker". It's basically a pot on a stove on low heat. It seem completely useless.

  • Kunta Kinte
    Kunta Kinte 2 months ago

    What are erbs? 😂😂😂🌙🌙FUCKING SPEAK PROPERLY WHORE!

  • Kunta Kinte
    Kunta Kinte 2 months ago

    I cook human brains for 2 days on the chimp fire.. DELICIOUS! 🏃🏃🏃🏃🐒🐒🐵🐵🐵🐵🐵🌙🌙👽

  • Ronnie Campbell
    Ronnie Campbell 2 months ago

    Haha, she said boozy tang :)