Cooking for two in large slow cooker?

So we  got a big ole fabulous 6qt slow cooker as a wedding gift. Only problem is, there's only two of us!


I've heard you're not supposed to underfill your cooker. . . does it cause any problems cooking for two in such a large pot?

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 10:48 am
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Not yet for me and I've been using my slow cooker a bunch these last few months. I also usually make enough to take to lunch the next day so that it's not a really small portion in there.

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 11:42 am
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it can cause the meat to really dry out =(

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm
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Aaah, I did think the meat in my first stew was on the dry side . . . maybe I should make bigger portions and freeze the leftovers.

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm
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we usually just eat on the leftovers for a few days

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 3:37 am
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Yea... I just make the whole thing and then we take leftovers for lunches... yummy

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 3:24 am
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we have a 6 quart and there are only two of us.  i always make the full recipe (which is for more than then two of us!) and either have it for lunch later on in the week or if it's just a meat like pot roast or something, i use the meat in another way, like shredded or in a sandwich, etc.  or freeze it!

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 6:20 am
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ditto beatie....during football season, we have 2 crockpots going, with 2 kinds of chili....we'll either eat leftovers for a week, or put some in the freezer...


to me, it's usually not worth the trouble to "half" recipes....

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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Yes, freeze the leftovers or try cutting the cooking time a little.

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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I have also read that you shouldn't "underfill" the crockpot and it was suggested to put a smaller, oven safe bowl into the crockpot. I tried it and it worked perfectly. I put my 2 qt. Corningware dish in the crockpot, fille dwith my dinner, put the lid on the Corningware and then also the lid on the crockpot. Cooks perfectly and stays nice & moist. Also makes clean up a lot easier because you don't have to wash the crockpot base (unless you have a spill)

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 6:47 am
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We always just fill the whole thing then eat leftovers for our lunches the next day and if there's enough, supper the next night.

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

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