Don't Have a Slow Cooker? You Can Still Make These 11 Slow-Cooked Meals
Luckily, even if you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still enjoy the delicious fruits of the glut of slow cooker recipes available with a few simple modifications. The transition from slow cooker to stovetop or oven is simple if you remember to adjust cooking times and temperatures. Additionally, cooking in the oven or on the stovetop might require a slight liquid adjustment if you plan to cook the recipe faster and at a higher temperature. Slow-cooker recipes tend to use very little liquid because the food is cooked so slowly, leading to less evaporation.
The heavy cast-iron Dutch oven is an ideal replacement for the slow cooker because it tends to distribute heat evenly. If you are comfortable leaving your oven on all day, set it to a low temperature, between 200 (for slow-cooker recipes that call for low) and 250 (for slow-cooker recipes that call for high) degrees F. Place your ingredients in the Dutch oven as you would the slow cooker, and cook as directed in the recipe. Remember to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of pork and poultry to ensure it is safe to eat.
We’ve rounded up our favorite slow cooker recipes that will transition from slow cooker to oven or stovetop without a hitch.