Crock size matters! Who Would Have Thought That?
Ever had overcooked, dried out meat cooked in a crock? Chances are your crock is old or too big (yes, a crock can be too big). It might be time to get a new one or downsize into a smaller one.
For best cooking results, you want to fill your crock at least 2/3 full. Any less than that and food can tend to overcook. You can decrease cook times if this happens.
Most of our recipes work best when serving size=quart size, ie: 2 servings should use a 2-3 quart and 4 servings should use a 4-5 quart, etc. Sometimes things like layered meals, whole chicken or ribs fit better in a 6 quart. If you really love crock cooking, then invest in 2 different sizes. It is worth it! You don’t want to overcook your food and you want to make sure all your food will fit. If you are a small family, then for sure use the 4 quart and half the recipes…..unless you like leftovers or lunch like we do.
Where Do These Crocks Go?
If slow cooking is a staple in your house then bite the bullet and get a second one. Don’t be a whinny about not having space for it. Put it in the pantry, a cabinet, the coat closet or under your bed. Surely you can find a square foot space to store it in. We use ours 3-5 times a week so it stays on the counter. Oh the horror, I know. Some of you probably just fainted at the thought. We are rebels over here and leaving ours out for all to see doesn’t bother us one bit. We are not ashamed of our crock.
The 4 quart is on the left. They are almost always round. The 6 quart is on the right and they are almost always oval. Now that you had your lesson on shapes and sizes, you have officially graduated the crock academy. You are now ready to cook!
Final thought – If you really only want one crock in your house then get the 4 quart one. Just be aware that larger items like whole chickens and ribs may not fit so don’t come yelling at us when you can’t cram a rack of ribs in it. Shop for smaller bird or a whole cut up fryer and you can always cut the ribs to fit or buy a smaller rack.
***Disclaimer- CrockPot has not paid us to love their crocks. We formed our own opinion here and much to our dismay, we were not compensated by the Crock Pot company.