Here is a question we got from a Fix-It and Forget-It fan. Feel free to ask your questions too! Just click “Ask a Question” underneath the photograph of Phyllis!
Question: “What size of crock pot do you recommend for a serving size of two? How do I know if I’m using a crock pot that is too small or too large? Is there a general rule of thumb to follow?”
Phyllis’ Answer: Slow cookers do their best work when they’re two-thirds full. Fuller than that and the food will probably take longer to cook than the recipe suggests. If it’s less full than that, you risk having the food be over-cooked and dried out.
I think that a 4-quart cooker is a good size for a four-person household, if two are adults and two are kids under 12. But if you like leftovers, or like to make enough to have two meals-worth, consider a 5- or 6-quart size.
I’m cautious about cooking only two servings in a slow cooker for several hours. That’s too little food to benefit from cooking long in a slow cooker. You could use a 1- to 3-quart size, but plan to be nearby so you can check the food after it’s cooked for an hour or two. Because the amount of food is relatively small and the heating unit is present in the sides of the cooker, the heat is wrapped around the food, causing it to cook relatively quickly. You can certainly make a small amount of food in a slow cooker, but you probably won’t have the convenience of “fixing it and forgetting it.”