Lots of slow cooker models have different settings and functions for heating. However the majority of slow cookers have heat settings Low and High. Other cookers may have have medium heat and/or a warm setting.
LOW SETTING – this is the lowest temperature you are able to cook at. This is generally used for all day cooking or even overnight. The food cooks on low at a temperature around 100c. Usually food takes any ware between 6-12 hours.
HIGH SETTING – Generally cooking on high setting takes half the time it would if cooking on LOW. High setting is around 150c.
AUTO SETTING – again some models may vary but in general this auto setting starts cooking the food on High for 1 hour than reduces that to LOW to cook for the remaining amount of cooking time.
WARM SETTING – this keeps the food at a lower temperature. This is due to the fact you should have finished cooking and the warm setting is there for keeping the food ready for serving. I use this setting a lot for when a family member may be late home. The rest of the family can eat and the slow cooker can keep the rest of the meal on a warm setting ready to be served.
The table below has been created as an approximate indication of cooking times. Please note however that you should ALWAYS refer to your manufacturer’s instructions as they can vary. Cooking times will also differ according to the type of meat, amount of liquid, types of vegetable, size of diced vegetable or meat and how high the cooking pot is filled.
|MEAT STEWS AND CASSEROLES||6-8 HOURS||3-4 HOURS|
|POT ROASTS||6-8 HOURS||3-4 HOURS|
|WHOLE CHICKEN||6-8 HOURS||3-4 HOURS|
|LARGE PORK ROAST (2.5 - 3KG)||9.5 HOURS||7.5 HOURS|
|PORK LOIN||6 HOURS||5 HOURS|
|STEAMED PUDDING||N/A||3-4 HOURS|