We got this question from one of our fans. See what Phyllis has to say!
“Wow! A cookbook with so many delicious and easy recipes that I don’t know which one to do first!
I need to cut the recipes in half so how does that affect the length of cooking time? Is there a rule of thumb to use as a guide?”
First, I have a question for you! Would you consider making the recipe as stated, but freezing half of it for another meal?! I’m asking because some recipes respond better than others when cut in half and cooked in the slow cooker.
Here’s the background to my concern. Your slow cooker does its best when it’s 2/3 full. So it would be ideal if you have a small cooker to use than the size the recipe calls for. I just wanted to make sure you’re aware of that, in addition to reducing the amount of cooking time.
I would start by cooking the recipe for half the time called for if you’re using half the amount of food. Then check the food. It may need to cook longer. But at least you shouldn’t have overcooked it by cooking it for half the time. Keep track of how long it took for the recipe to cook until you were happy with the food. (I’m guessing that you’ll probably end up cooking the food for about 60% of the time called for, but start by testing just half the time.) Then make a note on the recipe so that the next time you want to make it, you don’t need to try to remember what worked before!
Good luck–and I’d love to hear how things turn out for you.